Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world (although it’s outnumbered by water). Yes, that’s right coffee drinkers. Apparently, most people love tea more than any other beverage. These days, we have all kinds of teas (or infusions), so we’re really spoilt for choice! Read on to see which teas are the best for your health!
Tea is more than just a comforting, warming beverage. Studies show that there are several advantages to drinking tea. The real teas (those coming from the Camellia sinensis plant) all contain flavonoids, which can be useful for high blood pressure and other chronic diseases. Herbal teas (those obtained from other plants), on the other hand, each have their own set of unique benefits specific to the plant it is made from. Here are a few teas you should try!
Black teas (like Darjeeling and Earl Grey) have the highest caffeine content of all teas (47mg/cup). But besides being able to give you an afternoon energy boost, it also contains L-theanine, which is said to slow down the ‘buzzing’ affects that caffeine has on your body. The tea is also packed with polyphenols which prevent blood sugar spikes, promote better digestion, and have been linked to weight-loss.
It is not just for the health fanatics – everyone can benefit from a cup of green tea! For a long time now, green tea has gotten the green light (see what we did there?) for being one of the healthiest teas on the market. The tea is useful for metabolism by speeding it up, and therefore helps to burn fat. It helps to lower the bad (LDL) cholesterol and also plays a role in the prevention of various cancers.
The darling tea from South Africa comes from the Aspalathus linearis plant (a type of legume), and is one of the healthiest teas on the planet. It’s completely free from caffeine, low in tannins (so less interference with the absorption of iron), and rich in antioxidants. The tea is continuously being researched with the attention on its preventative role in cancer development, immunity boosting, and improvement of gut flora. With rooibos tea, you can’t go wrong!
Chamomile is well-known for its relaxing and soothing properties. Thanks to its inflammation-reducing properties, it also helps to relieve menstrual pain.
Next time you feel a bit under the weather, have a cup of tea!
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional before making major health decisions!