8 Healthy Teas and Their Benefits

Food  |  November 15, 2016
  • Green Tea
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    Chockfull of catechins, an antioxidant, green tea is well known to be one of the best drinks you can consume. Catechins offer a host of benefits and have even been linked to better heart health and improved cholesterol levels. Here, six more reasons to start drinking green tea.

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  • Black Tea
    2 / 8 Black Tea

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    Pick this if you need an energy boost. Black tea generally has more caffeine than green tea (even though they’re sourced from the same plant), and the caffeine content increases the longer you steep your tea. Black tea is also high in polyphenols which are antioxidants that help protect against cellular damage.

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  • Chamomile Tea
    3 / 8 Chamomile Tea

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    Derived from the chamomile flower, this herbal tea has a light taste. Brew yourself a cup of this soothing tea before bed if you have trouble sleeping at night. According to a study published in the journal Molecular Medicine Reports, chamomile is “widely regarded as a mild tranquilliser and sleep-inducer” due to the flavonoid apigenin that binds to receptors in the brain for a sedative effect. 

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  • Oolong Tea
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    Derived from the same camellia sinensis plant that green tea and black tea are made from, oolong tea is partially fermented and likewise high in antioxidants. Oolong tea has also been shown to improve eczema: In a Japanese study done with 118 participants suffering from recurrent atopic dermatitis, 63 per cent of patients had marked to moderate improvements in their skin condition after drinking three servings of oolong tea daily. 

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  • Rooibos Tea
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    This herbal tea originates in South Africa, and is rich in anti-inflammatory polyphenols, minerals and vitamin C. Rooibos tea is also low in tannins and has no oxalic acid, which makes it suitable for those prone to kidney stones. 

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  • Peppermint Tea
    6 / 8 Peppermint Tea

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    Ease stomach discomfort and irritable bowel syndrome with a pot of peppermint tea. This refreshing drink helps to calm the digestive tract and relieve excess gas and bloating. 

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  • Pu-Erh Tea
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    This Chinese tea is a mainstay at many restaurants, and for good reason too. Though it’s derived from the same plant as black, green and oolong tea, pu-erh tea is fermented and aged to improve its medicinal and herbal properties. It’s also been linked to lowering levels of bad cholesterol. 

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  • Ginseng Tea
    8 / 8 Ginseng Tea

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    Strengthen your body’s immunity with this medicinal herb. The main benefits are usually due to the presence of ginsenosides, naturally-occurring compounds in ginseng that help to increase alertness and boost energy. 

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