Sunday, November 22, 2020

Tea Uses and Side Effects

Tea Uses and Side Effects

Tea is the most commonly consumed tea: the black, green and oolng witch derives from the camellia sinensis plant; A member of the Theaceae family. Green tea is made from the tips, or buds of camellia sinensis, black tea is made from dry fermented leaves. About 3.0 million tons of dry tea are produced each year, of which 20% is green tea, 2% is lubricant and the rest is black tea. An essential oil, called absolute tea, is distilled from black tea. while the leaves and the oil may used for medicinal purposes. Fruit teas don't actually contain tea, but they can also be beneficial to health

Tea found as anticariogenic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, etc. It can be used as an effective preventive agent against infections. This review provides information on the multitude of tea's actions as a preventive and anti-infective agent in addition to production and consumption


Tea extracts are used in various areas of the beverage industry. However, in addition to its main function as a drink, tea has several special uses. Some of these uses include non-food products

Tea extracts Use in Beverages

The use of tea extracts in food in general provides a healthier appeal to consumers. The market potential of these foods can be increased with the presence of natural antioxidants

• Specialties and herbal teas:

Fine varieties: the raw material is taken from well-cultivated plants in an excellent habitat with advantageous ecological conditions and composed of delicate buds and tea leaves

As Herbel teas: they are made by processing the teas together, with medicinal herbs. They are used for their healing properties

  • Fluoride in tea can be helpful in preventing tooth decay
  • Tea can help in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis and gastroenteritis
  • The flavonoids contained in tea can destroy harmful bacteria and viruses
  • Green tea can help prevent cancer if you drink it regularly
  • Green and black tea leaves can be useful in the prevention of heart disease and stroke

• Tea extract is used as an aroma in alcoholic beverages, with fruit combinations in soft drinks, functional drinks and flavored waters

Uses in the general food industry

The use of tea extracts in food offers a healthier appeal to consumers. The market potential of these foods can be increased with the presence of natural antioxidants. Tea extracts are used for bread and baked goods, frozen dairy desserts, desserts and condiments. Refined tea seed oil makes the oil suitable for the production of fuel oil, and is considered a favorable substitute for rapeseed, olive or lard oils

Uses in the non-food industry

• Cosmetic industry:

The cosmetic ingredients derived from tea mainly work as antioxidants and skin conditioning agents: flower extract, leaf oil, leaf powder, leaf water, root extract, seed seed powder, seeds

The cold, soaked tea bags placed over the eyes relieve pain and irritation. The astringent properties of tea also make tea bags useful in treating minor lesions and insect bites

• Pharmaceutical products, functional foods and food supplements:

Through the nutritional properties of polyphenols present in tea, have stimulated the food and supplement industry to develop and promote products rich in polyphenols. The antioxidant activity makes them potential candidates as functional ingredients for a variety of foods and drinks. The healthcare market is promoting the use of green tea extracts in tablets, capsules and healthy drinks

• Tea is also a potential source of food coloring (black, green, orange, yellow, etc.)

• Tea oil is an oil that does not dry out and is not subject to oxidation changes, making it very suitable for use in the textile industry

Side Effects of drinking tea

• Excessive consumption of can cause teething staining problems. This coloring is probably caused by the interaction of the tea components with surface integuments such as the acquired salivary film and possibly mineral crystals of tooth enamel

• Coffee and tea are considered coloring solutions for aesthetic restoration materials due to their content and frequent consumption, and in particular the discoloration due to tea due to the adsorption of polar dyes on the surface of the materials, which can be removed with brushing your teeth

• Tea can interfere with the effectiveness of medications such as allopurinol (for the treatment of gout), antibiotics, ulcers, medications and theophylline, prescribed for asthma

• It can prevent iron absorption and interfere with the effectiveness of sedative drugs

• Drinking too much tea can cause constipation, indigestion, dizziness, palpitations, irritability and insomnia

• Consuming too much caffeine from tea, which increases anxiety, stress and restlessness

• Intermittent caffeine intake can help relieve some types of headaches. However, habitual consumption of caffeine from tea can contribute to recurring headaches, the opposite effect can occur

• The caffeine in tea can aggravate pre-existing symptoms of GERD, causing heartburn

• Consuming too much caffeine from tea during pregnancy can increase the risk of complications, such as miscarriage and low birth weight

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