I love tea. Ever since I was a child, I have memories of drinking tea with my grandmother. I love the taste of a dark tea that’s been steeped really well. I’ve tried all sorts of teas from Oolong, Jasmine, Chrysanthemum to Green tea. I don’t have a particular favorite but I do always tend to go back to the Asian teas. I’ve never known the benefits of drinking tea until there was a big craze for green tea. Green tea can be readily found in most markets and at your local drink stores. There are many types of teas and some of the most popular are: White teas, Green teas, Black teas, Oolong teas, Herbal teas, and Tea blends.
Oolong tea has been known to aid in weight loss as it boosts metabolism which helps you burn fat faster. Oolong tea is known to help prevent cancer, and tooth decay, and heart disease. Oolong tea comes in loose leaves and has a very fragrant scent. When steeped properly, it will appear a very golden color.
The classic Earl Grey tea; very popular among British folk has a very distinctive flavor. A recent study from researchers at Italy’s University of Calabria has shown that a cup of Earl Grey may actually fight off heart disease. The bergamot extract is effective at controlling cholesterol levels as statins. A daily dose of the bergamot fruit extract can be used as a treatment to help lower cholesterol levels. The same study conducted in 2012 shows that Bergamot may help protect against diabetes and aid in weight loss. Bergamot is a Mediterranean citrus fruit which gives the Earl Grey its fragrant distinct flavor.
Black tea comes from a shrub of Camellia sinensis and contains a higher caffeine content than white or green tea. Studies have shown that black tea contains a type of antioxidant which can protect lungs from exposure to second hand smoke. It may also reduce the risk of stroke. Black tea has tons of benefits such as healthy bones, better immune system, healthy digestive tract, and increased energy. Also helps keep your breath smell sweet because of it’s antioxidants which can stop plaque build-up and bad breath. You can try black tea through tea bags available from Lipton tea. I drink Lipton tea on a regular basis and it has a very nice scent. The longer you seep, the darker the flavor becomes. I also use Lipton tea to make Honey Lemon Tea whenever I’m in the mood for something warm or if I’m sick.
Herbal teas can give you a great health boost. Herbal teas can soothe a tummy ache, cure insomnia, and calm your nerves. Herbal teas contain a good amount of vitamins and minerals. They’re not made from tea but rather herbal teas are infused from leaves, seeds, roots or barks. There are a variety of herbals teas such as Peppermint tea which can help bloating and nausea. Ginger tea is great for upset stomach or any other digestive issues. Chamomile tea has a gentle calming and sedative effect which is made from flowers. It’s been known to be helpful to those who suffer from insomnia. Milk thistle and dandelion tea can help the liver regenerate and function better. For mother’s with difficulty in lactation, try Mother’s Milk Tea. It contains fennel, anise, coriander and fenugreek. The ingredients in fenugreek are shown to help produce milk. Look for more herbal teas at your farmer’s market.
Finally, the amazing green tea. This tea has so many great aspects to help keep your health in tip-top shape. Why does green tea have more health benefits over all the other teas? It’s due to the processing of the tea. Green tea does not go through the fermentation process like black tea and as a result it retains its maximum amount of antioxidants and polyphenols. Green tea contains EGCG which is a powerful antioxidant that can have positive affects in the treatment of many disorders. Green tea has been used to aid in the following: weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, reduce stroke, lower cholesterol, tooth decay, blood pressure, fighting cancer and boost healthy skincare.
There are plenty of teas out there to try and these are just some of them. Many of the teas have such great health benefits to them as well. You can add anything to your tea from sugar to ginger to lemon to honey and cream. To achieve the benefits, it’s recommended to drink at least 2 cups a day. If you are sensitive to caffeine in teas, it’s best to limit yourself to a cup a day. Other then that, have a warm cup of tea today! If the weather is a little warm, enjoy a nice cup of ice tea instead.