Everyone has heard about the health benefits of tea, but why is the delicious hot or iced drink that is enjoyed by billions all over the world so good for you?
The Eastern cultures have regarded tea as the key to wisdom, happiness, and good health. Researchers in the west took notice and are now discovering what people in the East have known for thousands of years.
Studies show that certain types of tea may help with diabetes, weight loss, heart disease, and even cancer because of the antimicrobial qualities. The flavonoids in tea are good for your heart and can help prevent cancer.
So what teas are best?
Green, white, black, oolong, and pu-erh are the real deal. Native to India and China and contain these teas contain antioxidants known as flavanoids. The most potent is ECGC, which has shown to help the fight free radicals that are attributed to clogged arteries, heart disease, and cancer.
All of these teas contain theanine and caffeine, which heighten mental alertness while affecting the brain.
Some Health Benefits associated with Tea include
Green Tea-With its high concentration of EGCG, the steamed leaves may help stop or interfere with stomach, lung, breast, and bladder, colorectal and pancreatic cancers. Green tea may also reduce disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease while reducing the risk of stroke. Green tea can also help boost cholesterol levels.
Black Tea-Made from fermented tealeaves, black tea is the basis for instant teas and the popular chai tea. Studies show that drinking black tea can also reduce your risk of stroke and help protect your lungs from cigarette smoke exposure.
White Tea-Unfermented and uncured, white tea is the most potent when it comes to anticancer properties.
Oolong Tea-In a recent study conducted on animals, those that were given oolong tea, which contain antioxidants, had lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong tea is marketed for weight loss, but science hasn’t backed the weight loss claims.
Pu-erh Tea-Made from aged and fermented flattened leaves that are pressed into teacakes, pu-erh is a black tea that reduced LDL cholesterol and helped with weight control in an animal study.
However, what about the herbal benefits of tea made from herbs? In the next SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE blog, we’ll share the health benefits of tea made from herbs.
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