Since ancient times, wonderful properties have been attributed to tea. According to the testimony of the peoples of the East, it brings "the awakening of thought, good spirits, freshness of the body." Nowadays, at least one and a half million people sit down for a cup of tea every day. Indeed, tea contains from 2 to 3 percent caffeine, which tones and stimulates the activity of the heart and nervous system.
Tannins, which are 12-16 percent in tea, strengthen the walls of blood vessels and contribute to the accumulation of ascorbic acid in the body, which is necessary for normal life. The tea leaf is fraught with other substances, many of which have not yet been studied. Scientists managed to unravel one of the secrets of the tea leaf. They isolated organic substances from green tea leaves - catechins, which are a good source of vitamin P, which strengthens blood vessels and promotes normal permeability.
The tea bush is an evergreen plant that can grow up to 10 m in height if grown in the wild. The life span of a tea bush can be 100 years or more, but the period of its use for collecting leaves is not more than 50 years.
The first mention of tea dates back to the IV century, although many scientists argue that tea appeared much earlier in East Asia. At that time, oranges, mint, ginger and onions were used to make tea, although it was used exclusively for medicinal purposes. Now you are unlikely to be prescribed it as a medicine, but people still use compresses from strong tea to relieve fever and pain with sunburn or inflammation of the eyelids.
The main suppliers of tea are only five - India (black tea), China (green tea), Sri Lanka (the birthplace of Lipton tea), Taiwan (green tea of various varieties), Japan (exotic teas).
The most expensive tea "Da Hong Pao", its price at the auctions held in Guangzhou and Hong Kong amounted to 685, 000 dollars per kilogram.
Tea ranks first in the world in popularity, followed by beer. Only in Ireland and England is beer still ahead of tea.
Tea is absolutely not a high-calorie drink (unless, of course, you forget to add sugar to it).
Tea is very good for teeth, contrary to the opposite opinion, it contains fluoride and flavonoids, which prevent the development of tooth decay.
Used tea leaves can be used to remove odors in the refrigerator, and it is also a very good fertilizer.
Three billion cups of tea are drunk every day in the world.
All teas, both black and green, are made from a plant called Camellia Sinensis.
The tea bag was accidentally invented in 1904 by the American Thomas Sullivan. When his tea business was going through hard times, his wife advised him to pack tea instead of tin cans in silk bags, i.e. give the product a beautiful appearance. It did work, just a little differently than Thomas’s wife had suggested. Customers decided it was a new way to brew tea that caught on right away.
Tea contains two times less caffeine than coffee, besides, you can remove it by 80% from tea, just pour boiling water over the tea, stand for 30 seconds and drain the water, then pour boiling water again and leave for 5 minutes.
Tea contains a large amount of antioxidants, when consumed within reasonable limits, it significantly improves the state of the body's immune system, helps in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.