Consumed for centuries all over the world, tea is the staple drink for many cultures and a way of life in certain countries. Whether you turn to tea for energy, to relax, or for other reasons, there are many beneficial elements to the tea you drink. Each type of tea has its own benefits and effects. Take a moment to learn about the amazing benefits of these common teas.
Black tea and green tea come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The difference is in the processing. Black tea is oxidized, and green tea is not. This oxidation process is the reason for the different color and flavor profiles of the two teas. Black tea is high in caffeine and can help boost energy levels. Studies have shown that black tea can reduce the risk of diabetes, protect the lungs from cigarette smoke, and lower the risk of stroke.
Green tea is also high in caffeine and a great way to start off your day with an energy boost. This brisk, flavorful tea is high in EGCG, which studies have linked to many health benefits. Researchers have shown green tea to help with weight loss and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Green tea can help regulate blood sugar levels, aid in digestion, and improve mental focus. Studies have shown that green tea drinkers are less likely to develop cancer, diabetes, and arthritis, too.
Of the three main types of tea, black, green and white, studies have found that white tea outperforms them all in terms of health benefits. Researchers have linked the high levels of antioxidants in white tea to cancer and heart disease prevention, as well as protecting against age-associated wrinkles and lines. This delicate tea stops the body’s enzymes that naturally break down elastin and collagen. White tea drinkers, it seems, have already found the fountain of youth.
Rooibos, or red tea, was popularized in South Africa. It is naturally caffeine free, slightly tart, and chock-full of health benefits. The tea became popular worldwide when researchers determined it is high in antioxidants. Red tea has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, fight against viruses, prevent allergies and reduce stress. After a long day at work, rooibos might be the perfect tea for you.
Chamomile is commonly used to treat an upset stomach or to help you relax before bed. Researchers have shown that chamomile can do a lot more than just that. Studies have found that chamomile can actually prevent early death for women. Unfortunately, the same results were not shown in men. Chamomile can also be used to treat skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, when used as an infusion or bath.
Ginger tea is commonly used to calm stomach trouble and battle nausea. Ginger tea can help soothe sore muscles due to its anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s the perfect tea to drink after a tough workout. Researchers have also found that ginger tea can help women have less painful periods.
Holy Basil, or Tulsi tea, is used to soothe respiratory disorders and ease stress. Widely considered one of the best medicinal herbs ever discovered, Tulsi has also been used to treat fever. Studies have even shown that the antioxidants in holy basil leaves can help to prevent heart disease.
Hibiscus tea is basically a cure-all tea. It provides relief for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, aids in digestion, and helps the immune system fight off sickness. Hibiscus has anti-inflammatory agents that can soothe arthritis and joint pain. Research has shown hibiscus can also help prevent liver disease and even reduce the risk of cancer.
Peppermint tea, like ginger, is commonly used for stomach problems, but it does a whole lot more than that. Aside from aiding digestion and assisting with nausea and stomach pain, peppermint is also used to treat fever and sore throats. It also functions as a stress reliever and gives a boost to your immune system. On top of all that, it fights bad breath.
Oolong tea is a partially fermented tea that helps with mental focus and alertness. It’s a great tea to start off the day with, to drink before school or work, or enjoy before a big presentation. Oolong is also said to prevent cancer, fight against tooth decay and osteoporosis, and prevent heart disease.
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The ancient elixir of the Chinese, tea was introduced to Europe during the 16th century and is now enjoyed by millions worldwide. Tea comes in thousands of different varieties and flavors, each with medicinal benefits to the human body. Try out a few, and see which tea is right for you.
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