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8 Health Benefits Of Tea
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Coffee is great for keeping you awake, but sometimes the caffeine is too much for some people. You might have noticed that many people who embark upon a healthy lifestyle usually start drinking more tea. Tea is amazing for your health! You get an energy boost, a warm and soothing beverage that tastes pretty great – and health benefits. Continue reading to find out the health benefits of different kinds of tea.



1. Contains Antioxidants

Whenever our cells use oxygen, they start to generate free radicals. These free radicals will result in cellular damage which can lead to several diseases and even premature aging. [1] We need antioxidants in our bodies to help prevent this cellular damage.



2. Immune System Booster

A study was able to show that tea can boost the body’s defenses against infection and possibly disease. Tea helps the immune system attack invading bacteria, fungi, and viruses. [2]

3. Weight Loss Aid

Green tea is believed to be an excellent weight loss aid. One study has shown that green tea has a small and non-significant weight loss effect in overweight adults. [3]


4. Lowers The Blood Concentration Of LDL Cholesterol

Research has indicated that consumption of certain teas such as black tea can help reduce total LDL cholesterol in some adults. [4]

5. May Soothe The Digestive System

Herbal tea such as chamomile and ginger can help soothe the digestive system. In particular, chamomile is good for people with irritable bowel syndrome while ginger can help calm nausea. [1]

6. May Reduce The Risk Of Breast And Prostate Cancer

There has been positive evidence for risk reduction of certain cancers such as prostate, breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancers. However, the current evidence is weak and inconclusive. [5]

7. Less Caffeine Than Coffee

Herbal teas typically don’t have caffeine, while stronger teas like black tea have less than 50 percent of the caffeine in coffee. This allows you to freely consume tea without worrying too much about adverse effects on your nervous system. [1]

8. May Prevent Bone Loss

Recent animal studies have shown that green tea may actually prevent bone loss. [1]

The Top 8 Health Teas

1. White tea has a light and subtle flavor. Research has revealed that it has several health benefits and could aid in the reduction of colon cancer, the risk of arthritis, and wrinkles. [11][12][13] It only has about 1-2 percent of the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee. Steep this tea in 175ºF water for 4 to 5 minutes.

2. Green tea has a clean, sweet, and earthy flavor. According to studies, it has been linked to the prevention of breast, lung, and stomach cancer. [14] Green tea has one of the highest levels of antioxidants in teas and may help protect your body from UV rays, improve cholesterol levels, control body weight, and help burn fat. [15][16] Steep this tea in 175ºF water for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Oolong tea has a sweet and full-bodied flavor. Studies have shown that some of its health benefits include the chance for increased metabolism and reduction of body fat. [17][18] Steep this tea in 195ºF water for 3 minutes.

4. Black tea has a potent and sometimes bitter taste. It will reportedly help protect your skin from UV rays and could help lower blood pressure. [4][14] This tea contains more caffeine than any other type of tea but is only half the caffeine of a standard cup of coffee. Steep this tea in 195ºF to 205ºF water for 1 to 2 minutes.

5. Pu’erh tea has an earthy and smooth flavor. Research has indicated that it has many health benefits and can aid in controlling blood sugar levels. [15] Legend has it that pu’erh tea was given as a dowry by a Chinese princess sometime in 641 AD. Steep this tea in 212ºF degree water for 3 to 4 minutes.

6. Mate tea has a strong, grassy, and slightly bitter taste. According to researches, some of its health benefits include higher bone mineral density and satiety which can help promote weight loss. [16] Steep this tea in 208ºF degree water for 3 to 5 minutes.

7. Herbal teas come in various flavors ranging from rose, peppermint, jasmine, chamomile, and vanilla. It depends on the herbs and spices used to make the blend. Herbal teas have various health benefits depending on the tea. Chamomile is known to help with sleep and peppermint helps ease indigestion. Steep these teas in 208 degree water for 5 to 6 minutes. [17][18]

8. Rooibos tea has a licorice-like flavor with a sweet and slightly nutty taste. Studies have shown that it helps reduce stress, protects the heart, and is known for detoxifying and protecting the liver. [19] Steep this tea in 208ºF water for 5 to 6 minutes.

References:

[1] http://www.today.com/series/one-small-thing/top-10-health-benefits-drinking-tea-t81111
[2] http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-tea-boosts-immune-system/
[3] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD008650.pub2/abstract;jsessionid=D090F08B87054FDFD38D929D96E97DCA.f02t04
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14519829
[5] http://www.maturitas.org/article/S0378-5122(12)00270-8/abstract
[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21995704
[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21698507
[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12094635
[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19128856
[10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16582024
[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11209110
[12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11694607
[13] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13678386
[14] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23038021
[15] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23057679
[16] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22130241
[17] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26483209
[18] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18630390
[19] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20833235



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