People around the world have drunk tea for centuries, both for pleasure and for health. The English based an entire meal around tea, while Asian cultures tout the benefits of tea so strongly that they dedicate rituals to it.
That said, some teas are more beneficial than others. Let’s take a look at some of the healthiest teas available.
Oolong for Weight Loss
Ooh La la, that Oolong can slim you down. Maybe not drastically so, but studies show Oolong tea can mimic adrenaline in your body, increasing your energy while speeding up your metabolism.
Oolong tea is made of true tea leaves which are rolled and fermented. This type of tea is semi-oxidized, making it a little less bitter in taste than green or black tea.
Do you like fruity teas or ones with a slightly nutty flavor? Oolong tea comes in a wide range of flavors, depending on the leaves from which it was made. Some oolong teas are also blended with other ingredients to enhance the taste.
Mint Tea for Tummy Troubles
Ah, so refreshing! The smell of mint tea is intoxicating. Perhaps that alone settles some people’s stomach.
If you sip it hot and freshly steeped, peppermint tea can get rid of nausea in a matter of minutes. Though herbal teas, in general, have a great reputation, it’s the peppermint, in this instance, that makes all the difference.
Peppermint cools down the digestive tract, thanks to its main property: Menthol. When you are nauseous, your stomach contracts, causing uncomfortable cramps. If you actually vomit, this can trap gas in your body, causing even greater discomfort. Menthol relaxes your muscles, expels the gas, and ultimately alleviates the stress in your stomach.
Chamomile for Keeping Calm
Do you ever drink tea before bed in hopes that you’ll sleep better?
If so, try chamomile tea the next time insomnia hits. It’s an herbal tea with incredibly calming properties. It can also aid in indigestion and inflammation.
German chamomile, in herb form, has been used as a medicine for centuries. It’s a mild sedative, both due to its smell and its relaxing properties when digested.
In addition to easing sleep and digestion issues, chamomile tea can help with general anxiety. If you’re chronically nervous, bring your chamomile tea with you when running errands or going about your day. Even just the smell of your freshly brewed tea can calm you down.
One of the Healthiest Teas Overall: Green Tea
The Ultimate Guide to Tea – TopicTea wouldn’t be complete without the mother of healthy teas: Green tea.
Thanks to its rich antioxidants, this true-leaf tea is an essential multivitamin in a cup, so to speak.
The superstar of green tea is the plant compound Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG.) Among its many benefits for your body are:
- It reduces inflammation
- It can aid in weight loss
- It can decrease blood pressure
- And it can promote better cardiovascular health.
Green tea speeds up your metabolic rate, allowing you to lose weight quicker. For all of the above health benefits, though, you need to drink three to five cups of this tea daily.
Drink Your Tea
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if not yet, after reading all about the healthiest teas out there, you’ll relax with a freshly-brewed cup in no time. Which healthy tea are you most excited about? Subscribe to our blog for more news and guidance as you embark on a healthier lifestyle.