For thousands of years, tea has been considered the key to good health and mental wellbeing. Advancements in modern science, has allowed researchers to find supporting evidence for the traditional uses of herbal teas in the East. Studies have shown that some herbal teas can encourage weight loss, lower cholesterol, protect against certain types of cancer and bring about mental alertness. Green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea and pu-erh tea are all derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The shrub, native to China and India, contains antioxidants called flavonoids. Antioxidants can prevent and reduce the number of damaged cells in the body, typically caused by free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules, produced when the body is exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays, X-rays or gamma rays from radioactive materials.