Ti Kuan Yin Tea Benefits

Ti kuan yin tea benefits are potent and are derived from the antioxidants abundant in its leaves.

Ti kuan yin is a premium variety of the semi-fermented oolong tea that originated in the high altitude mountains of Anxi in the Fujian province of China. Over time, this tea was eventually cultivated in various other parts of China. Taiwan also has a ti kuan yin tea variety.

Ti kuan yin has a light and mild flavor. It has notes of orchid, walnut and collard greens. Its flavor can be described as floral and mildly astringent.

Ti kuan yin means ‘Iron Goddess of Mercy’, and refers to a beloved bodhisattva or ‘enlightened being’ in Buddhism. According to legend, Kuan Yin presented this tea in reward to a kind, poor farmer who lovingly maintained her old and crumbling temple. More modern legend attribute this name to the dark green hue of the leaves, which somewhat resembles the metal.

The processing of ti kuan yin tea is a time-consuming and intricate process that consists of the following steps:

plucking
sun withering
cooling
tossing
some oxidation
fixation
rolling
drying

This tea is rich in the antioxidant polyphenols that are quite abundant in oolong teas and other teas derived from the camellia sinensis plant. A good cup of ti kuan yin tea can be made by placing about 2 teaspoons of the loose leaf tea in a mug of 6-ounce newly-boiled water. Let the mix steep for about 3 minutes. Drain the leaves and then sip slowly.

Following are some potential benefits given by this flavorful brew:

  • May assist in lowering risks tumors and cancer due to its antioxidant levels within its leaves.
  • Shown to lower blood pressure and possibly lower the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases.
  • Believed to be helpful in efforts towards losing weight because of its ability to lower the intake of fat as well as enhance metabolism.
  • Used by many to strengthen their immune system and therefore keep overall health in check.
  • Said to assist in the enhancement of bone density.
  • Could enforce resistances to fungi and bacteria that may cause a variety of ailments and diseases.