An Essential Guide to Teas

If you’re not in the habit of enjoying a cup of tea every now and again, you could be missing out on a variety of health benefits. Studies have shown that drinking tea can be beneficial for a variety of reasons: from helping you maintain a healthy weight to reducing your stress level. Certain teas can actually have a positive effect on your eyesight. If your experience with tea never got further than the packaged brands at your grocery store, this quick overview will explain the different types of tea and what they can do for your health.

The Different Types of Teas

All tea comes from a plant known as Camellia sinensis. While there are thousands of teas across the world, they all begin the same; the differences in taste and appearance are the result of a variation in the area it was grown, the time it was harvested and the processing method used. There are six types of tea that provide a variety of health benefits and taste great to boot:

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  • Black tea- the commonest of teas, black tea has almost as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. It’s also filled with antioxidant compounds that may lower cholesterol. Research has shown that drinking three or more cups of black tea a day can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 20 percent.
  • Green tea- the darling of health enthusiasts everywhere, green tea is filled with catechins, an antioxidant that can prevent cancer and heart disease. Just one cup of green tea per day is capable of lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease by 10 percent.
  • White tea- my favorite tea gets its delicate flavor from being picked while the leaves are young. The result is a mild taste and less caffeine than other teas. In addition to the same properties as green and black tea, white tea can also reduce the risk of diabetes.
  • Oolong tea- this rich tea is similar to black, but has a unique taste all its own. It can help dieters lose weight by activating an enzyme that dissolves fat. For best weight loss results, enjoy this tea in its loose form.
  • Flavored tea- These decadent and delicious teas come in pleasing flavors like lavender which mix well with other teas. I find that many people who don’t care for green tea can overcome their distaste if it’s mixed with flavored teas. All of the health benefits with a floral flavor!
  • Herbal tea- Herbal teas aren’t technically teas at all; they aren’t made from Camellia sinensis at all, but dried herbs flowers and even fruits. Herbal teas can have powerful health properties, but it’s best to purchase them from a reputable dealer. Chamomile and peppermint are two common herbal teas that can be used to calm and soothe the drinker.

Tea isn’t just a delicious drink; it’s a great way to gain a powerful health boost. If you’d like to learn more about how to incorporate healthy foods into your life, contact your chiropractic team for further dietary information.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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