Tea is a beverage with rich vitamin C.
Vitamin C is an important component that helps you maintain your immunity.
In this page, we are going to introduce the basic information and detailed effects of tea, and tips to effectively ingest vitamin C from tea.
Vitamins contained in tea.
Vitamins contained rich in tea are listed below;
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A and
- Vitamin E
The 13 vitamins are classified as water-soluble and fat-soluble: vitamin C is water-soluble, vitamin A and E are fat-soluble. These terms “water-soluble” and “fat-soluble” may not sound familiar to you but, it can simply be described that water-soluble is a type that easily dissolves in water and fat-soluble is not quite.
Therefore, when drinking brewed tea, water-soluble vitamin C can effectively be ingested, whereas, fat-soluble vitamin A and E cannot be ingested much.
Effects of vitamin C
According to the research done by Incorporated Administrative Agencies and General Research Organization of Agri-Food Technology, vitamin C contained in tea has effects listed below;
- Cold prevention
- Cataract prevention
- Immunity booster
- Antioxidant and
- Prevention of nitrosamine formation
You may be familiar with some of these effects such as anti-allergy and immunity booster, on the other hand, the terms like antioxidant and nitrosamine may not ring the bell.
Thus, we are going to explain these two effects.
The antioxidant effect is a function that detoxifies extra substances in your body.
This is considered as an important function that can prevent all types of diseases, and it works to inhibit tissues from aging.
Prevention of nitrosamine formation
Nitrosamine is a chemical compound that is strongly carcinogenic.
Ingestion of vitamin C can prevent formation of nitrosamine, which eventually leads to cancer prevention.
Tips to effectively ingest vitamin C
Sencha is recommended for those who want to ingest rich vitamin C. Since vitamin C is formed by sunshine, sencha that soaks up lots of sunshine while cultivated contains rich vitamin C.
Also, oolong tea and red tea have little vitamin C as most of it in those teas changes while in the process of fermentation / oxidation.
Tips to ingest other vitamins in tea.
As mentioned at the beginning, tea also contains fat-soluble vitamins E and A. These vitamins can hardly dissolve in water, while tea powder makes the ingestion possible.
As tea powder is ground tea leaves, the whole ingredients of tea leaves can be ingested into your body.
Since vitamin E has a strong antioxidant effect and vitamin A has an effect to maintain your skin in healthy condition, tea powder is recommended for those who want both health and beauty effects.
FYI, make sure to purchase “tea powder”, not “instant tea powder” that looks like tea powder.
In order to consume all the vitamins remaining in the tea leaves, it is also recommended to eat the used-up tea leaves as it is.