Have you ever wondered taking tea can be beneficial for your health!
Drinking tea was always the first choice in the eastern cultures and with time it found its place to the west. Picking up your cup of tea instead of a cup of coffee can provide you with better health, mind cleaning, easier way to process your food, healthier skin…
Many people wouldn’t rather have tea over coffee, but surprisingly some teas have stronger effect on your nerve system than the coffee. The following teas are a wonderful choice if you want to enjoy a nice, natural taste that would improve your health, immune system and mood.
1 Green tea
Green tea is made with steamed green tea leaves. Studies have shown that green tea prevents the clogging of arteries, which reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. It also reduces the risk of getting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. It is a good tool in the fight against fat; green tea is full of antioxidants called catechins. One study found that each daily cup of green tea consumed may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by 10 percent.
2 Black Tea
Black tea as mentioned before is made with fermented tea leaves. Black tea is a good substitute for coffee because of its high caffine levels compared to the other teas. Flavored teas like chai are based of black tea. Black tea is good for the lungs and reduces the risk of stroke. White tea is the least processed of all the teas. This allows a lot of the healthy properties to remain in the tea. White has the most cancer preventing properties.
3 Oolong tea
This tea, just like the black and the green tea is made with fermented leaves. The antioxidants from oolong tea have been proven to lower cholesterol. Wuyi is a variety of oolong tea, and though there is scientific proff, it has been claimed to help with weight loss. Oolong activates an enzyme responsible for dissolving triglycerides, the form of dietary fat that’s stored in fat cells.
4 Pu-erh tea
The leaves used to make Pu-erh tea are fermented and aged and then pressed into cakes. Pu-erh tea doesn’t help with losing weight but prevents you from gaining weight. It also helps lower cholesterol. These tea have lower concentrations of antioxidants than green, white, black, and oolong teas. The nutrients and health benefits you get from this tea depend on the plant used. Some of the most popular herbal teas include ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, rosehip, mint, rooibos (red tea), chamomile, and echinacea.
5 White tea
The leaves are picked when they are very young, so white tea has a much milder flavor than any other variety, not to mention less caffeine—about 15 milligrams per cup. Loose tea may also contain more antioxidants than tea in bags, because the leaves are less processed. White tea is another health multitasker. It offers the same potential cardiovascular and cancer-fighting benefits as other teas. Phytomedicine found that consuming white tea resulted in improved glucose tolerance and a reduction in LDL cholesterol. Some experts believe that this may eventually have implications for humans.
6 Peppermint tea
Naturopaths recommend drinking peppermint tea to relieve the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating, and to relieve muscle spasms. It’s also good for nausea (without vomiting) and for heating up the body and making it sweat. If indigestion or heartburn are problems, however, this tea should be avoided. Peppermint tea can also be made using fresh herbs from the garden—and it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow.
7 Ginger tea
Another great digestive aid, ginger can be used to curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness. Make fresh ginger tea by simmering a piece of ginger root on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes—add fresh lemon juice and honey when you have a cold for a powerful germ-fighting combination.
8 Chamomile tea
A gentle calming and sedative tea made from flowers, chamomile tea can be helpful for insomnia, mouth infections and can also be used for cleaning of your skin and eyes. It can also be helpful with digestion after a meal. This tea is recommended in cases of cough and bronchitis, when you have a cold or fever, or as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth. Be sure to steep it well to get all the medicinal benefits.