Powdered Tea vs Tea Leaves

powedered tea vs tea leavesTea is one of the most often used and consumed products in the entire world. This leaf, plant, or drink (depending upon your perspective) comes in a tremendous variety of leaves, plants, and other forms. People can choose to drink instant tea, tea concentrate, or even brew their own tea from leaves. Recently, there has been a surge in the popularity of powdered tea. This has led to a number of questions about the differences between powdered tea and tea leaves. Which is better in terms of normal health benefits?

Types of Teas:

There are so many different types of tea that it can boggle the mind. The tea bags that you typically find in a local grocery store are usually leaves that have been chopped up and are then quickly bagged to be brewed later. After use, they are typically discarded. Tea can come from green tea plants, black tea plants, and many more varieties.

There are also a number of differences in how different types of teas are prepared. In Japan, the leaves or bags are steamed. On the other hand, the Chinese method is to pan fry the leaves and other parts of the plant.

Powdered Tea:

Tea powder could really be any type of tea and come from any part of the tea plant. In this situation, the entire plant, and all the leaves and stems are chopped and then ground into a fine powder. Some types of powdered teas undergo a different type of grinding process that incorporates air and causes friction. This results in a tea that is darker and almost cooked.

Of course, powdered tea is also packed with powerful anti-oxidants that help to fight off free radicals and help boost the immune system in the process. This formulation is also usually higher in caffeine than loose leaf tea mainly because the user actually consumes the entire leaf (albeit in ground up form) rather than just an infusion from the leaves. This type of tea can also be used in food itself. The powder can be sprinkled into normal foods and there are even specific recipes like making powdered tea flavored ice cream!

Tea Leaves:

When using tea leaves, the most common method is by an infusion. In other words, the leaves are steeped in hot water and the resulting liquid is rich in all the catechins and other beneficial ingredients found in the tea. If using the whole leaves rather than ordinary bagged tea, you will find this to be of higher quality.

Powdered Tea vs Tea Leaves

The ultimate question is: which formulation is better? This decision really depends on what you are after. The powdered form wastes nothing, so you receive all the benefits of your tea. On the other hand, tea leaves seem to have a taste which is slightly more pleasant and agreeable to most people. As far as health benefits are concerned, they are both powerful immune boosters and have tons of anti-oxidants.

Freedom from Constraints: How to Boost Creativity

We are probably all aware of the fact that creativity can come in a number of different forms. Not only this, but there are all types of things and methods that lead to inspiration and the feeling of improved creativity. In many cases, people just simply wake up and the morning and have a sense of whether or not the new day will bring a sense of creative excitement. Other days, it might feel that there is nothing left in the proverbial creativity gas tank.

There is some interesting new research regarding creativity. A number of new studies have come out regarding the ways in which creativity can be enhanced. These studies reveal a number of interesting factors which should be given more consideration. The theme of this new data is darkness and freedom from constraints. Of course, there are also specific nutritional supplements that may improve or enhance natural levels of creativity.

Lighting and Creativity:

These studies did indeed show that lighting is one of the most significant factors in terms of influencing creativity. Bright lights tend to actually make people tired and are somewhat distracting. Obviously, this has huge implications for workplace settings. Interestingly, this also explains the fact why many bars and restaurants like to use dim lighting. Not that they are trying to enhance creativity, of course, but simply as a way of making people feel more comfortable and at home.

Lighting can actually create specific moods in people. There is evidence to show that different colored and different intensity lights can lead to effects ranging from a relaxing mood to one of anger and irritation. This certainly is in line with these recent findings.

Darkness and Freedom from Constraints:

While it may be a bit surprising to some, the studies actually showed that darkness was much more conducive to creativity than light. A good possible explanation for this might be that the dark induces a state or feeling of being freed from constraints and limitations. Even simply dimming the lights can lead to improved creativity.

The most interesting aspects of this study for me were the implications of this upon workplace productivity and effectiveness. One idea is to simply turn down the lights; even just a little bit can help. Another interesting idea would be to have a so-called ‘dark room’ (and not for photography) where employees could go for creativity sessions. These could even be scheduled times.

Supplements for Creativity:

Rather than relying entirely on darkened rooms for improving creativity this state can be helped by the creative (pun intended) use of nutritional supplements. For example, there are some Nootropics which can be effective, like Choline (CDP Choline, Alpha GPC, Centrophenoxine) and Piracetam. Others like L-Theanine and Green Tea (extract) can also be helpful.