There is nothing more relaxing than sipping on a freshly brewed cup of tea. But, did you know that different types of tea have different health benefits as well? Tea contains compounds called polyphenols, which act like antioxidants in your body. These properties help ward off free radicals that can be one of the causes of several diseases of the body; such as cancers, strokes, and cataracts. So indulge in several cups of tea knowing that this beverage is keeping you healthy as well as refreshed.
Black, green and white tea
No matter the color, all three of these teas come from the same Camellia sinensis plant. White tea is the healthiest of this plant as the tea is made from unopened buds and the brew is light and slightly sweet. Green tea’s leaves are the least processed and contain plenty of antioxidants and its unique catechins called EGCG. Black tea has a bold and hearty taste because the leaves are fermented. All three of these teas have antibacterial and antiviral properties, providing cancer prevention, heart protection, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthening bones and helping to keep teeth, gums and skin healthy. You may want to add a few cups of this healing power to your daily regime .
Chai tea is an Indian drink made with black tea and spiced with aromatics such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves. Every Indian family has their unique recipe for this spicy hot tea. Some people like to drink it with milk added and a dash of sweetness from sugar or honey. Along with the antioxidants from the black tea, each spice has healing powers as well.
Herbal teas have various medicinal powers and provide a variety of flavors to please your palate. Here are a few to try.
Peppermint tea is from the mint family and loaded with health benefits along with its invigorating flavor and aroma. Organic peppermint is a stomach healer, eliminating the discomfort of cramps, diarrhea, constipation and other digestive issues. Peppermint is also known to help with nausea, so it’s really great for women with morning sickness.
Ginger tea is made from the ginger root, which is loaded with antioxidants and minerals. A warm cup of pungent, spicy ginger tea can relieve stress, fight respiratory ailments by loosening phlegm and allowing better breathing, encourage good blood flow, boost immunity, combats stomach distress and is well known for preventing nausea that comes along with motion sickness. It’s a good all-rounder that’s good for almost anything that ails you!
Chamomile is a member of the sunflower family, and Chamomile tea has been consumed all over the world for centuries. People love this tea as it’s relaxing and encourages a restful sleep . It’s also a tummy tamer and calms the spasms of menstrual cramps. Chamomile tea is the perfect evening tea to unwind. Precautions include allergic reactions with people who are allergic to plants in the same family such as ragweed. Pregnant women are cautioned to not drink chamomile as it may act as a uterine stimulant risking a miscarriage or early labor.
These are only a few of the many types of tea and blends available on the market. Add tea to your beverage intake and reap the rewards of their health benefits too!