Tea is a delicious beverage that can cool you down in the hot summer months and warm you up in the winter. But did you know that many types of tea also have great health benefits? For centuries, people have been brewing various concoctions of tea for both flavour and healing purposes. So it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that research has demonstrated the health benefits of many different kinds of tea.
GREEN TEA – Green tea is full of antioxidants called catechins; a subgroup known as EGCG may ward off everything from cancer to heart disease. 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.
CHAMOMILE TEA – A gentle calming and sedative tea made from flowers, chamomile tea can be helpful for insomnia. It can also be helpful with digestion after a meal. Chamomile is best in cases of cough and bronchitis, when you have a cold or fever, or as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth. Be sure to steep it well to get all the medicinal benefits.
BLACK TEA – Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavoured 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 – White tea, with its many proven health benefits, is the ultimate multi-tasker of teas. Much like green tea, white tea contains catechins, which may help fight cancer and cardiovascular disease. Drinking white tea might also reduce the risk of cancer recurrence for breast cancer survivors.
ROOIBOS TEA – High in vitamin C as well as other minerals, rooibos has all sorts of health benefits. An easy drinking tea, it’s largely grown in South Africa and has been touted for its antioxidant properties which may in turn help ward off disease and the signs of aging. It has also been shown to help with common skin concerns, such as eczema.
ROSEHIP TEA – Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant and are one of the best plant sources of vitamin C, which is important for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function. Consider reaching for rosehip tea next time you need a health boost.