As long as it is actually tea (made from the tree Camellia sinensis) it will contain the polyphenols that act as antioxidants and have been linked to lower cancer risks. Other products sold as herbal teas may not in fact be a tea, but a tisane brewed from other herbs or flowers, and will not necessarily give you the same benefits. All teas, (black, green, white and oolong) are good choices, the differences depend on when the leaves are harvested and how much they are processed, so you can choose depending on your tastes and caffeine preferences.
Any tea is actually pretty good for you. Even if it is not from the tea tree. Chamomile, mint, rooibos, they all hold some kind of quality to them. Not to mention your staying hydrated with 0 calories! You get taste, hydration, and pretty much everywhere refills your cup with hot water for free, so its cheap! tea is great as far as im concerned
Extensive research has also shown that green tea has the potential to reduce heart disease. Other limited studies have shown that it may play in role in reducing cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and even staving off dementia. These limited studies are still in the works but there has been no denying that green tea contains many antioxidents and other compounds that all help maintain good health.
White tea has the highest amount of antioxidants and least amount of caffeine. Black tea is on the other spectrum, having the highest amount of caffeine and least amount of antioxidants (though it still has some).
Black tea is great for improving heart health – regulating blood sugar and reducing risk of stroke.
White tea is great for skin complexion. After brewing white tea, you can crush the tea leaves and mix with honey for a good facial mask.
Green tea and oolong tea fall inbetween white and black as far as levels of antioxidants and caffeine. Both are good for assisting digestion and metabolism.
There are many potential benefits for drinking tea. An article in New Scientist magazine, suggested that green tea protects against a rage of cancers, including lung, prostate and breast cancer. Green tea has also been shown to raise metabolic rates, speeds up fat oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.
Other possible benefits from drinking tea include:
– boosts mental alertnesss
– boosts immune system
– lowers stress hormone levels
– possible anti diabetes effect.
I don’t know if “alertness” is a health benefit, but a recent study showed that consuming caffeine does not produce a heightened state of wakefulness. Regular consumers of caffeine merely feel more awake because that first cup of coffee or tea (the study was done with coffee, but I assume it would be the same with any vehicle for caffeine) in the morning is only treating the withdraw symptoms from the caffeine consumed the day prior.
I think any kind of tea is good as long as you drink it as purely as possible. Just add the amount of tea leaves you prefer and boiling water, let steep for a bit, remove tea leaves and drink. Adding cream, milk, honey, sugar, chocolate makes the tea taste delicious, but all that added fat sugar and processed food will negate the benefits of tea. I am not against the green tea latte, but to maximize the health benefits, you should drink tea as it is.
My favorite tea is Kombucha, known in other parts of the world as Manchurian Tea, Manchu Fungus, Tea Kvass, Mo-Gu Fungus japonicus, and Kwassan. Kombucha is both organic and raw, but has a very distinct taste that may not appeal to everyone! After all, Kombucha is a fermented mass of yeast and bacteria which forms a culture! Kombucha is supposedly based in ancient China and Japan. Kombucha can sometimes contain small amounts of alcohol, because it is fermented. Kombucha is also good for detoxification purposes and health in general. Kombucha also contains an acid that is being explored as a cancer preventative! Check out GT’s Synergy brand, my personal favorite Kombucha brew which comes in a variety of flavors, my personal favorite is pomegranate.
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