Tea is an amazing beverage that keeps you warm in winters and cools you down in hot summers. But did you know that many types of tea also have great health benefits? Herbal teas are caffeine-free and laden with infection-fighting characteristics, because of which they play an important role in curing nausea, colds, indigestion, combating the first signs of infection, sleep disorders, and many other therapeutic virtues. The range of herbal teas is vast, as are the benefits of each one. Let’s have a broader look at different types of teas that can help improve your health and quench your thirst at the same time.
Green Tea is the most widely known type of herbal tea. It has a high concentration of a plant chemical known as EGCG, which helps to eliminate the free radicals that wreak havoc, and also activates the body’s natural detox system. Mayo clinic researchers examined the effect of green tea on patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia & found that most of the individuals’ lymph node sizes decreased by 50% or more. Along with this, another research involving mice and neurological damage, has shown that green tea not only prevents brain cell deterioration, but also rejuvenates the already damaged cells.
Peppermint Tea can also be made using fresh herbs from the garden – it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow. It plays an important role in relieving the symptoms of abdominal gas, bloating & muscle spasms. It helps in heating up your body and makes it sweat. This tea should be avoided in case you have been facing indigestion or heartburn problems.
Black Tea is the most highly caffeinated varieties of tea & also contains EGCG, like green tea. Not only this, it contains a super chemical, which seems to work as a blood thinner the same way aspirin does. Also, the stroke division of the American Heart Association has explained the involvement of this tea in reducing the risk of stroke.
Oolong Tea studies have shown that women who consumed oolong tea burned a larger amount of fat in comparison to those who don’t. This tea plays an active role in activating enzymes that cut downs triglycerides, a type of at cells. It is a very good fat burner but apart from that it contains niacin, which helps in detoxification of the body and the antioxidants prevent tooth decay.
Mate Tea made from the leaves and twigs of yerba mate plant, this tea tastes very similar to coffee. As compared to green tea, it has 5-time antioxidants quality. A good cup of mate tea can help with allergies, increased metabolism, and digestive disorders. Along with this, it also helps you think clearly, alleviate bad breath, and help with an upset stomach.
Echinacea Tea, echinacea purpurea is a commonly used natural compound that helps in fighting infections such as the common cold & similar respiratory infections. Along with this, one study has also shown the consuming Echinacea in a form of tea for over a four-month period helps to prevent infections in the long run.
White Tea is another health multitasker. Researchers have shown that it offers benefits to people with diabetes. A study conducted on animals highlighted that intake of white tea results in improved glucose tolerance and lowering LDL cholesterol and it is believed by experts that it will have same implications for humans as well. Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Association of the USA, in New York City, explained that white tea offers the same potential cardiovascular and cancer-fighting benefits as other herbal teas.
Ginger Tea, acts as a digestive aid, & can be consumed to curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness. To make fresh ginger tea put a piece of ginger in water and let it boil on a stove for 10-12 mins. In basic ginger tea, you can also add fresh lemon juice and honey when you have a cold for a powerful germ-fighting combination.
Chamomile Tea is made from flowers, & can be helpful for insomnia. This gentle calming and sedative tea is recommended in cases of cough & bronchitis when you have a cold or fever, or as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth. It also boosts digestion and must be consumed after meals!
Rooibos Tea has a high content of vitamin C as well as other minerals. It has high antioxidant properties, which helps to ward off diseases and signs of aging. Not only this, Rooibos tea has also shown worthwhile results for common skin concerns, such as eczema
Conclusion The above discussion has provided a composite answer to questions like – Need help losing weight? Need a detox? Need your tension tamed? Need your energy boosted? – which is “Fix yourself a cup of TEA!”