Types of Teas and their Amazing Health Benefits
Do you want to lose weight, improve your skin, look younger or get rid of the bloating? From peppermint to green tea, from chamomile to rooibos, teas are great for your body. Find out which one is the best for you!
It’s the world’s most popular drink, next to water – and it’s full of health benefits. Now, modern scientific research has given us a much better insight into how tea improves health and to what benefit. Studies have found that some teas can help with diabetes, cancer, heart disease and improve skin health.
#1 Weight Loss
The best tea to boost your metabolism and burn fat? Green tea! It is high in catechins, a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants are nutrients that protect your cells from damage and help overall body function. A study from the American Society for Clinical Nutrition looked at two groups of people: one who consumed a bottle of tea per day containing green tea extract with 690 mg of catechins and one without extract that contained only 22 mg of catechins. Body weight and body fat mass were significantly lower in the green tea extract group than in the control group. Another type of tea that boosts metabolism is oolong. This tea activates an enzyme responsible for dissolving triglycerides, the form of dietary fat that’s stored in fat cells. One study showed that women who drank oolong tea burned more calories over a two-hour period than those who drank only water. Oolong tea helps regulate blood sugar levels, making you feel more satisfied and balanced, which means you won’t crave sweets.
#2 Digestive Problems & Bloating
If you suffer from digestive problems, abdominal gas and bloating, peppermint and fennel tea are the perfect solution for you. Both of them can improve digestion, relieve belly aches, muscle spasms and nausea. It also helps you sweat by heating up the body.. Peppermint tea can be made using fresh herbs from the garden,and it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow.
#3 Insomnia, PMS or Anxiety
Can’t sleep? Chamomile tea is perhaps the most recommended natural sleep aid around. If claims are to be believed, drinking this caffeine-free beverage will have you snoozing before you know it. Due to its calming, relaxing properties, chamomile is also great to fight anxiety, depression and racing, unwanted thoughts. Drink one or two cups of this tea before you go to bed, and you will fall asleep in no time. Chamomile tea is also an ideal choice for someone who suffers from menstrual cramps, because it contains properties that relieve muscles spasms. Be sure to steep it well to get all the medicinal benefits.
#4 Fight Colds and Boost Immune-System
Are you feeling sick? Try ginger-lemon tea! Ginger has an active ingredient called zingiber – lemon contains the immune-boosting compounds pectin and limonene. This amazing duo makes lemon ginger tea an effective weapon against colds and bacterial infections. Ginger can also can be used to curb nausea or upset stomach due to motion sickness. Make fresh ginger tea by simmering a piece of ginger root in hot water on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes. Add fresh lemon juice when you have a cold, for a powerful germ-fighting combination.
Dandelion is an amazing liver cleanser. It helps the liver to regenerate and function at a higher capacity, plus it can also assist in the production of bile, which can help with our digestive process.
#6 Anti-Aging + Clear & Glowing Skin
Rooibos is a South African herbal blend and has a bright red color once brewed. It is completely free of caffeine, because it is made from a bush rather than the traditional tea plant. High in vitamin C as well as other minerals, Rooibos has all sorts of health benefits. Rooibos is chock full of antioxidants as well as enzymes that fight the aging process. Antioxidants can help soothe skin and fight acne-causing inflammation. It has also been shown to help with common skin concerns, such as eczema. White and green tea have also been proven to prevent the aging process by combating the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, which lead to wrinkles. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory components, white tea and green tea fight premature-aging, caused by excessive sunlight-exposure or smoking.
#7 Cavity Prevention & Teeth Health
Oolong tea contains significant levels of fluoride, which is needed to help prevent dental cavities from forming.
#8 Heart Health
One of the biggest reasons to consider adding some black tea to your diet is the fact that it has been found to reduce the risk of heart attacks by 11 percent when three cups per day are consumed. Black tea also helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It contains flavonoids that are useful for protecting blood vessels from inflammation. This also helps prevent blood clotting. Black tea also has a considerable amount of antioxidants, which can help fight against free radicals that lead to aging and cellular damage.
#9 Cancer Prevention
Some of the antioxidants in white tea have been found to have cancer-preventing properties. Types of cancer which white tea may help prevent are lung, colon and skin cancer.
#10 More Energy & Better Concentration
Heads up, coffee-lovers! If you are looking for an energy-boost without that „coffee-crash“ you really should try yerba mate! Obviously, both coffee and mate contain caffeine and thus cause a bodily and mental stimulation. Both contain roughly 75-80 mg of caffeine in an average cup. However, the caffeine in mate seem to work differently. Mate tea can help you think more clearly, the stimulation lasts much longer than coffee, and simultaneously seems to induce a sense of wellbeing. That means, it stimulates you, and soothes you at the same time. Plus, coffee is a very acidic and can cause or irritate ulcers, IBS, gastritis, Crohn’s disease, acid reflux, heartburn, etc. Yerba mate on the other hand, does not contain the same levels of acidity at all. In fact, it’s straight up alkaline.