From green tea to hibiscus, from white tea to chamomile, teas are chock full of flavonoids and other healthy goodies. My mother knew this and from a very young age she introduced teas into our daily lifestyle. She would add raw honey or even raw aloe vera to our cold or hot teas. Thou there seems to be such novelty in the past few years. Drinking tea is very normal for me more than coffee. It's a way of life. I frequent Tea Havana a lot but Tazo and Yogi brand teas are my favorite.
You can purchase teas at your local grocery/health food stores or online.
1. Improved Overall Health
Tea drinkers tend to be healthier, which proves true in research too, as tea drinking correlates with better health outcomes. Supporting your health, including your skin and body composition, with as few as 2-3 cups per day of this calorie-free, sugar-free drink, so join this growing health movement.
2. Tea Contains Antioxidants
Antioxidants work to prevent the body’s version of rust and thus help to keep us young and protect us from damage from pollution.
3. Tea Helps with Weight Loss
Data from recent animal studies has shown that green tea may prevent bone loss.
4. Tea has less Caffeine than Coffee
Herbal blends have no caffeine, while traditional teas have less than 50 percent of what typically is found in coffee. That means you can consume it without those pesky effects on your nervous system, says Leslie Bonci, nutritionist and owner of Active Eating Advice.
Here's what some studies have found about the potential health benefits of tea:
Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
White tea: Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
Oolong tea: In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.
Pu-erh tea: Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.