difference between green and red tea

Red Tea Vs. Green Tea: Which Is Better For Me?

People have been living longer, healthier, and happier lives for centuries because of drinking red and green tea.

But while both have many different and wonderful qualities, one of the teas is better for you, and comes with less downsides. Which tea is better for you? We’ll tell you...

True tea, or not true tea? What does it mean for me?

Each of the different types of true tea come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis shrub. What gives a true tea its color is the method of processing and oxidation.

Green tea, full of antioxidants

Green tea is processed by steaming the tea leaves, before rolling and drying them. This helps to preserve the polyphenols: antioxidant compounds found in tea. This is what makes green tea so healthy. Green tea is often drunk in Asia.

Black tea, rich in flavor

Black tea is made through a process of oxidation. This treatment enhances both the flavor and color of the tea leaves. It also reduces the polyphenols in the tea, which is why black tea is not as good for you as green tea. Black tea is drunk in many Western countries, particularly England.

White tea

White tea produced similar to green tea

White tea is produced in a similar way to green tea and has the same types of healthy antioxidants. However, due to the way it is processed, white tea has more antioxidants. Because of this, some people have claimed white tea to be even healthier than green tea. Most white tea is from the Fujian province of China.

Red tea, not a true tea

Green, black, and white teas, are all made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis shrub, making them true teas. Red tea is made from the leaves of the Aspalanthus linearis plant, meaning it is not a true tea. However, unlike true tea, red tea is caffeine-free.

Red tea is known is redbush tea, bush tea, or rooibos. Like the true teas, red tea is made by putting the leaves through an oxidation process. Red tea is made primarily in the Western Cape region of South Africa.

What makes red tea so good for me?

Red tea is a caffeine beverage that South Africans have been drinking for centuries – Swedish naturalist Carl Thunberg commenting in 1772 that the "the country people made tea" that was red in color. More recently, it has become a popular substitute for black, white, and green tea. If you would like to learn more about Red Tea Detox, check out our review.

Rooibos has three healthy antioxidants

Red bush tea is better for you than many health drinks because of its large number of antioxidants. There are three antioxidants in red tea, and they all have different benefits:

  • Polyphenols: anti-inflammatory and antiviral and qualities. This means that drinking red tea can help you to fight off infections and colds by providing a boost to your immune system
  • Aspalathin: if you have low blood sugar, then red tea is good for you. This is because the aspalathin helps to balance your glucose levels and improves your insulin levels
  • Quercetin: another anti-inflammatory, quercetin is good for your heart. It lowers your blood levels and stops you from experiencing a number of heart problems

Red bush tea is full of nutritious minerals

Rooibos is packed with nutritious minerals that are good for you. Among the minerals in red tea are:

  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Fluoride
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc

As the video below explains, red tea is mineral dense:


Some of the minerals in red tea help to keep you younger and stronger for longer...

Red tea makes your hair and skin younger and your bones stronger

Staying young and being strong are two of the main reasons for taking health supplements. Red tea is excellent in both of those categories.

It’s rich in fluoride, manganese, and calcium, which give you better bones and teeth. The zinc and alpha hydroxyl work to attack and stop wrinkles. And the copper and potassium added together which the zinc and calcium make your hair follicles stronger.

Rooibos help you breathe easier

One of the best effects of drinking red tea is that helps you to breathe. This is because drinking rooibos makes the tubes in your lungs (your bronchiole and bronchi) dilate. The result of this is that it opens up the airflow into your lungs, meaning you can breathe easier.

How does green tea benefit me?

Benefit of green tea

Green tea has been renowned as a health tonic for centuries in Asian culture. Lu Yu (known as the Sage of Tea) wrote about why green tea is so good for you back in 700 AD in his book, The Classic of Tea. Billions of cups of green tea every day and there are many reasons why.

Green tea makes you smarter and happier

One of the key components of green tea is the amino acid L-theanine. L-theanine is able to cross the blood-brain barrier (a border between your brain and central nervous system). The result of this is it helps you to produce more dopamine, generate more alpha waves, and raise the level of activity in your inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA.

The result of this is that green tea:

  • Lowers your anxiety levels
  • Makes you happier
  • Improves your brain functions

Burn fat by drinking green tea

Green tea is one of the primary ingredients in many fat burning supplements. This is because green tea boosts your metabolic rate, along with helping your body to burn off fat.

Reduce your risk of getting cancer with a cup of green tea

One of the things that causes cancer is oxidative damage. Studies have indicated that antioxidants can protect against oxidative damage. Green tea is well-known for being a source of antioxidants, which means that drinking it could reduce the chances of you getting cancer. Studies have shown that:

Green tea helps you live a longer life

Live longer with green tea

While there’s no cure for death, there are certain things that will shorten your life and some which could extend it. Green tea is one of the things that could help you live longer.

Japan has one of the highest percentages of green tea drinkers of any population. A 11 year study of green tea drinkers vs. non-green tea drinkers in Japan had the following results:

  • Death was 23% lower among women drinking green tea
  • Death was 12% lower among men drinking green tea

Why red tea is better than green tea

Both green tea and red tea are great for you, with many of the benefits shared across the two beverages. However, there are some clear reasons that mean red tea is better for you overall.

Red bush tea doesn’t contain caffeine

While small amounts are safe for you to drink, excessive levels of caffeine can lead to a number of health issues. These include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Anxiety
  • Problems sleeping
  • Headaches

Green tea contains caffeine. Red tea doesn’t. Choosing red tea means that you can relax at the end of the day, stress free in the knowledge that it won’t keep you awake at night. This makes red tea better for you.

Red tea is better at fighting infections

Both red tea and green tea contain polyphenols. As you know, polyphenols help you to fight infection and improve your immune system. However, red tea has 50% more polyphenols than green tea. This means that you’re less likely to catch a cold if you drink red tea than if you drink green tea.

Rooibos tastes less bitter and is easy to drink

Taste is different for everyone. Is a personal opinion whether you prefer your tea to be bitter or sweet and we’re not here to judge you.

During our trial of the red tea detox, one of the things we were most impressed by was that red tea tastes very nice. It’s a lot sweeter than green tea, which has a bitter taste, and is very easy to drink. If you have a sweet tooth than red tea is definitely better for you.

The health qualities of both green tea and red tea have been renowned in Asia and South Africa for centuries. We think that you’ll be a lot better for drinking both these wonderful drinks. However, if we could just pick one than we think that red tea is just that little bit better for you.

About the Author Cathy

EHI Primary Care is run by Cathy, a 20-something fitness guru and yoga enthusiast. This is my blog, where I cover all sorts of topics around my healthy lifestyle.

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