Want to look 20 years old? Drink tea!

The biggest news currently trending on social media is about Chuando Tan. Well, to be specific, it is photographs of the photographer and former model—they show a lean and buff 50-year-old Singaporean male.

Yup, 50 years old. That’s him right there!

While it is obvious that he works out regularly, which explains his ripped physique, nothing is said about how he maintains his good looks.

We may not know anytime soon, but here’s a tip that we uncovered, with thanks to the Internet: drink tea!

Tea, please!

With a history of more than 5000 years, tea is certainly no newbie on the scene! It has been used in the culinary and medicinal fields for refreshing food and the soul.

However, there are different types of tea—black tea leaves are completely oxidised while white tea leaves are barely oxidised. The level of oxidisation affects caffeine levels, flavour, and nutritional value of the leaves.

So which tea should you pick for your fountain of youth beverage?

Green tea’s history of more than 4,000 years ago includes being used in traditional Chinese medicine for digestion and regulating body temperature. Since green tea is obtained through drying (in the sun, steaming, pan firing, basket or charcoal firing etc), it is considered the most natural tea variety.

Green tea also retains the maximum amount of polyphenols and antioxidants, thanks to its growing methods. In fact, it contains large amounts of catechin, which has been researched for its detoxifying effect of free radicals from the body, thus helping to prevent ageing. So if you are looking for graceful youthing, opt for green tea!

Yellow tea is a result of an earlier harvest than green tea, together with steaming under a damp cloth. This also causes yellow tea to possess a more mellow flavour than green tea.

Although there are no concrete scientific research into the health benefits of yellow tea, a 2007 scientific study indicates that ‘yellow tea is more potent than other types of tea in suppressing liver toxicity’.

White tea has higher levels of polyphenols and lower levels of caffeine when compared to green tea. So by all accounts, it should be your tea of choice for looking young.

There is disagreement on how white tea is obtained. One explanation says it is a minimally processed tea with only drying of tea leaves, while another states that it is steamed and dried from young tea leaves and buds.

Regardless your choice, opt for organic tea in unbleached tea bags. This reduces your exposure to chemical pesticides, chemical fertilisers, and bleach. Prepare the tea by steeping it in hot water of 70-80 degrees Celsius—this ensures that the tea retains its antioxidants and flavonoids, both of which contribute to overall well-being.

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