June 21, 2011

Assam Tea Benefits For Your Health

You may have never heard of Assam tea which is well-known for its robust body. It is a type of black tea which is brewed from the dark green leaves of the Camellia sinensis (assamica) plant. It will produce a bright red liquor with a sweet aroma and rich malty taste, when brewed. The tea has the ability to blend well with other types of black tea that produce more exotic brews. In addition, it is generally sold as "breakfast teas." 

Assam tea named after the Assam region of India where it is produced at or near sea levels. The Assam region is found next to the Brahmaputra River and borders Bangladesh and Myanmar ( Burma ). Assam tea health benefits are well-known throughout the world such as :
  • It can lower the risk for heart attacks
  • It helps lower the risk for strokes.
  • It can improve the immune system and lessen the risk for cell damage which in turn may lead to cancer
  • Assam tea can relieve tension and soothe the nerves. It may also help decrease the risk of brain function disorders like Alzheimer's disease.
  • It helps strengthen teeth and fight cavities
  • It improves blood circulation
How to Brew The Perfect Assam Tea
In brewing a perfect cup of Assam tea, start with a cold water. Avoid pre-boiled water because the end result will be tea that tastes flat and dull. You may use tap water but let it run first for a few seconds before filling the kettle and then bring it to a boil. While the water is heating, fill a ceramic teapot with hot water and leave it for a few minutes to let it warm. Once the water starts to boil, take it off the burner and discard the water from the teapot. Put 1 teaspoon of tea leaves (or 1g per 240 ml cup of hot water) on the empty teapot and then pour the boiled water into it. You can pack the leaves loosely into a tea ball if you want. Steep for 3-5 minutes and pour through a strainer.

Some people think that the taste of Assam tea is too strong for them so they add milk to soften it. This loosens the flavor of the tea, however, it may also lessen the health benefits as milk is known to reduce potency of antioxidants.

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