Yellow tea is one of the most expensive teas on the market and it’s mostly because of just how rare the tea is. The plants needed to produce the tea aren’t mass produced like some other classes of tea, especially green tea. However, the production of Chinese yellow tea is very similar in the process of green tea. When the production of yellow tea is under way, there’s one exception in production as the leaves are usually placed under a damp cloth to help oxidation.

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In turn, this will give the leaves a slight yellow colouring. One of the main benefits of this process is that people report there’s a less grassy taste and the extra step taken improves the quality of the tea. Green teas have been known to provide a somewhat grassy taste. There are several different varieties of yellow tea out there which include the following:

First up is the Junshan Yinzhen which is found in the Hunan province. This is known as the silver needle yellow tea, which is a relatively famous Chinese tea. Next is the Huoshan Huangya that derives from the Anhui Province. Next is the Meng Ding Huangya which comes from the Meng Mountain in the Sichuan Province. After that we have the Da Ye Qing which comes from the Guangdong Province and is known as the big leaf green. Finally, we have the Huang Tang which comes from the Zhejiang Province and is known as the yellow soup.

Health Benefits of Yellow Tea

If there’s one thing that the green and yellow tea family are known for, it’s their extraordinary health benefit claims. While some of those are backed by numerous studies, others are left up in the air for questions by the public and research investigators.

One of those claims includes high cholesterol and weight loss. It has been proven that some varieties of green tea can actually help high cholesterol but can the Chinese yellow tea do that? Some studies say yes in fact, they can actually help boost your metabolism. This comes as no surprise because the yellow tea isn’t significantly different than the popular green tea, even though it’s far more expensive and rare to find.

Cancer is another bold claim that gets a lot of heat from investigators but it’s hard to tell if any Chinese tea has actually had any kind of impact on the reduction of death from cancer as some studies claim. The reason is, there’s no way to know if Chinese tea directly impacted the results of someone’s cancer or not.

There are several kinds of caner that people claim Chinese yellow tea can help with though. First we have bladder cancer, then breast cancer, colorectal cancer and even esophagal cancer. Diabetes is another claim that some people have confirmed are in fact true. Especially true in people with type 2 diabetes, some people have claimed that their diabetes became significantly less threatening or that the impact seemed minimal after prolonged drinking of Chinese yellow tea.

Chinese yellow tea shouldn’t be taken as medicine or treated as a one fix all source. You should always consult your doctor when looking for treatment options for diseases as none of the claims by some Chinese teas have been validated outside of independent studied and some of the claims are controversial.