Pure ceylon tea is highly recognized for the rich fragrance and robust taste, available in a wide variety of flavors such as strawberry, and blueberry and can also be enjoyed in additional green, black, and white flavored infused teas, or as a regular green, black or white tea. Sharing many of the well-known benefits associated with drinking tea, Ceylon teas are generally prized for their superior quality and flavor.
Generally, tea has few drawbacks and many health benefits. Ceylon tea is of particularly high quality and is more pleasant to drink frequently, allowing you to reap the health benefits of tea every day.
Ceylon Black Tea Health Benefits
Oxidized or fermented, Ceylon black tea is a an excellent way to maintain a healthy living. Containing thealfavins and thearubigins, two powerful antioxidants that assist with the fight against damaging free radicals and are said to be an excellent defense against cancer. Thealfavins and thearubigins have also been shown to lower the risks of heart disease and reduce the size of tumors while helping to protect the body from viruses and bacteria.
During this time of year, winter is coming, and adding Ceylon black tea to your daily routine can possibly even boost your immune system and reduce your chances of catching influenza. Although not a miracle worker against the common cold, Ceylon black tea has many health benefits outside of protecting the body from illnesses, it is also said to protect the body from stress and increase brain activity and alertness.
Ceylon Green and White Tea Health Benefits
Ceylon Green and white teas both have many of the same benefits as Ceylon black tea, however may contain different antioxidants, still effective, and less caffeine. It can be said that green and white teas are similar in composition, although white tea may have a sweeter, not so bold taste, but comes packed with stronger anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities. It can also be said that Ceylon teas have been shown to improve any dietary weight loss plan or lifestyle by speeding up the metabolism, increasing the fat burning process, and aiding the body in feeling fuller and more satisfied during and after meals.
Drinking tea can contribute to reducing the chances of dementia as well as lowering the rate of depression in those who drink it frequently. Pure Ceylon white teas have also been shown to be very beneficial in improving the aging process, decrease the signs of sagging skin and wrinkles, by slowing the loss of collagen. Tea might also be useful in dental hygiene as it can help reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth, leading to fewer cavities and controlling bad breath.
History of Ceylon
When James Taylor started the first tea plantation in the Loolecondera Estate in Kandy in 1867, little did he know that he was making one of the most significant contributions to the history as well as the future of Sri Lanka (then Ceylon).
Before tea was cultivated as a crop in Sri Lanka coffee was by far the most dominant export crop in the country. The high demand and price for coffee in the European market made sure that plenty of interest as well as investments were made towards the coffee industry in Ceylon. But then tragedy struck and the coffee industry was devastated by a fungal disease which left the coffee industry in utter disarray. This is when tea entered in to the fray and rapidly took over as the no. 1 export crop of the island.
In the 1880s, Ceylon tea production increased dramatically and by 1888 tea cultivation areas actually exceeded that of coffee with nearly 2000 square kilometres being used. With the growth of the industry, many new factories were constructed and innovative methods of processing and packaging of the tea was introduced. The first public Colombo Auction, another important milestone in the history of Ceylon tea, was held at the premises of Somerville & Co. on 30 July 1883, with the backing of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
At the Chicago World’s Fair held in 1893, one million packets of Ceylon Tea was sold and in that same year, the tea established a record price of £36.15 per pound at the London Tea Auctions. 1894 saw the establishment of the Ceylon Tea Traders Association while the Colombo Brokers’ Association was formed in 1896. By 1927, tea production in Ceylon exceeded 100,000 metric tons almost exclusively for export purposes.
Today, Sri Lanka is synonymous the world over as the producer of the world’s finest tea. It is the country’s main export crop and Sri Lanka is the 4th largest producer of tea in the world making it one of the Sri Lanka’s main sources of foreign exchange and a significant source of income for laborers, with tea accounting for almost 12% of the GDP. In fact Sri Lanka was the world’s leading tea exporter in 1995 accounting to more than 23% of the world’s tea exports.