Is Green Tea really the healthiest tea?
Listening to a food documentary, it made the suggestion that Green tea wasn't any more healthier than any other type of tea, so I thought I'd look into this a bit more to determine, if what has become common thought is just that a thought and not fact.
First off black, green, oolong, and white tea are all made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis, what makes the teas different is the way the leaves are processed.
There are many shared benefits between the teas that come from the camellia sinensis leaves also referred to as 'True Teas.' including improving focus and concentration, maintaining a positive outlook, weight loss, maintain cardiovascular health, help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, maintain healthy blood pressure and promote normal blood function.
The different ways the leaves are processed is what changes the variances in the antioxidants in each of the teas. As white tea is the least processed it has the highest concentration of antioxidants, which is followed by jasmine tea, than green tea and black tea.
All the 'true teas' contain flavonoids, which is a subgroup of polyphenols, which is a rich antioxidant, but just at differing amounts.
For example green tea contains a higher amount of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), whereas black tea is a rich source of theaflavins. With white tea containing high levels of I-theanine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
The only winning factor that Green tea has over the other teas is that it is the most widely researched tea. The truth though is somewhere in the middle with all teas sharing many of the same health benefits, and when combined become more biologically active in your diet, so my suggestion is instead of trying to figure out which tea is the most healthiest, switch it up and drink all the teas at differing times throughout the day, as the one thing all the research has in common is that 3 cups of tea a day is the optimum, to receive the full benefits of tea drinking.