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but first, tea: health benefits of tea

The health benefits of tea 

Tea time

we’ve all heard that tea is good for us, but is it really true?

second to water, tea is actually the most popular drink in the world – even more popular than beer!

there are different types of teas out there, so why all the hype about their health benefits? although teas have compounds that benefit our health they
won’t prevent health issues on their own. think of your tea as a beverage to enjoy, as well as an addition to a proper diet and exercise

 

white tea

is minimally processed, made of beautiful silver buds and selected leaves which have been steamed and dried. it retains a higher amount of antioxidants and less amount of caffeine than most teas
caffeine level: 28mg/ per 8 fl oz cup

types of white tea

  • tribute eyebrow (gong mei)
  • white peony (bai mundan)
  • silver needle (baihao yinzhen)
  • long life eyebrow (shou mei)

this tea aids in

  • healthy weight loss, full of antioxidants that burn fat
  • antioxidants in this tea offer cell production from the increased oxidative damage done during pregnancy
  • it can help reduce the risk of cancer through its antioxidants and polyphenerols
  • the catechins help lower you risk of cardiovascular disease
  • helps to promote healthy teeth
  • contributes to a healthy liver and preventing hepatitis b
  • prepare this tea with 6oz of filtered water and 2tbsp of white tea leaves, steep for 5 minutes

 

green tea

drinking 2-3 cups a day of this tea can help to burn as much as 100 calories!

caffeine level: 25mg/ per 8 fl oz cup

antioxidants in this tea

  • may lower your risk of cancer
  • a study showed that woman who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer
  • one study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer

it improves your brain function: containing less caffeine than coffee, but enough to producee an effect

  • contains amino acid, l-theanine, which can work to improve your brain function

it’s good for your teeth: inhibiting the growth of bacteria in your mouth. this lowers you risk for infection and cavities, not to mention healthy breath

it is said that green tea can help delay the deterioration caused by alzheimer’s and parkison’s disease

managing your diabetes and cholesterol: regulates your glucose levels and improves the ratio of good and bad cholesterol

 

black tea

made from a plant called camellia sinesis. has a fuller flavor and principally has more caffeine than green tea

caffeine level: 42mg/ per 8 fl oz cup

benefits of this tea include

  • oral health: decreasing plaque and formation of bacteria
  • bone health: provides stronger bones and helps reduce your risk of arthritis
  • heart healthy: controls cholesterol levels and prevents damage done to the blood stream
  • digestion: reduces intestinal illness; like IBS
  • prevention of cancer: may help to prevent the onset of certain cancers
  • increases your energy: it gives you an extra boost of energy without over stimulating the heart
  • immune system: boosting your response, plus contains tannins that fight viruses like the flu

 

oolong tea

made from leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. has a floral but fruity flavor

caffeine level: 37mg/ per 8 fl oz cup

it’s thought to help protect against tooth decay

struggling with your skin? oolong helps to alleviate skin conditions

this tea may aid in preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease

believe it or not, this tea also burns 2x more calories than green tea; not to mention containing 10x more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables

it may also improve your bone health and cholesterol levels

  • in an animal study, those given antioxidants from this tea had lower levels of bad cholesterol 

 

herbal tea

made from herbs, fruits, seeds, or roots that are stepped in hot water

caffeine level: 0mg/ per 8 fl oz cup

journal of nutrition found that drinking 3 cups a day lowered blood pressure in those with hypertension

this tea may help to precent high blood pressure

some herbal teas include

  • peppermint
  • dried ginger
  • lemon balm
  • chamomile
  • cinnamon
  • dandelion
  • hibiscus

just to name a few!

why not brew the perfect cup of tea at home? http://greatist.com/health/how-to-brew-perfect-cup-tea

 

 

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