Tea is used in all corners of the earth, known as one of the most consumed beverages in the world. Dating back to the 3rd Century in China, eventually spreading through global expansion. From Turkey’s black tea to East Asia’s white and green tea production, there are a variety of options to choose from. It’s also no surprise that many countries have been using tea’s additional health benefits for thousands of centuries.
Black tea comes in many different blends and origins, but one thing stays the same. (It’s great health benefits)
-Restricting bacteria growth that promotes cavity and tooth decay
-Lowers your chance of Type 2 diabetes with general daily consumption
-Contains polyphenol, an antioxidant that assists in the prevention of cancer and protects your bones
-Overall heart health, promotes blood circulation, reduces the amount of cholesterol and decreases risk of a heart attack or stroke (with daily consumption)
-Boosting your immune system. Have the flu? A hot cup of black tea with honey should help clear up your airways
Originally from China, Green tea is associated with many asian cultures. Used as both a beverage and form of medicine in countries such as Japan, China, and Vietnam.
-Contains high levels of anti-oxidants, known to reduce the risk of cancer (Breast, Pancreatic, Stomach and Prostate)
-”Catechin compounds” lower risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
-May increase fat oxidation and boost metabolic rates (Varies on individuals)
-Reduces the risk of heart disease by blocking bad cholesterol and improving blood artery functions
-Regulates diabetes and prevents high insulin levels
-May reduce high blood pressure
It is recommended to consume at least 3 cups of green tea daily, try sweetening it with honey for taste. (Instead of sugar)
White tea was the choice of emperors and royalty during China’s “Song Dynasty”. It has only recently become popular in Western parts of the world.
-Anti-bacterial and viral properties, more prominent in killing fungis and infections than other teas
-Prevents tooth decay
-Antioxidants assist in preventing premature aging, by reversing skin damage created from UV rays and stress. As well as skin elasticity, providing a more youthful appearance
-Contains L-Theanine (amino acid), that promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety
-Improves bone density and strength
“Black Dragon” or Oolong in Chinese, is a tea strong in flavor and rich in fragrance. One of China’s most popular teas, also known for it’s variety of health benefits.
-Aids in chronic skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema , it’s anti-allergenic compounds reduces irritation
-Known for assisting in weight loss and management, the polyphenols can activate certain enzymes which help in metabolizing fat
-Manages stress and improves concentration
-Anti-aging properties, destroys free radicals that can cause dark spots and wrinkles, as well as diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular problems
Last but not least, red tea. Also known as Rooibos or bush tea, grown in parts of South Africa. Unlike other teas, the rooibos plant does not contain any caffeine.
-High mineral content: contains magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron. All essential to a healthy body
-Relieves abdominal pain associated with menstrual cramps, indigestion and diarrhea
-Anti-inflammatory properties aids in preventing heart disease and hypertension
-Contains “phenylpyretic acid” which if applied topically, eases inflammation of skin disorders such as acne or psoriasis
-Helps infants suffering from cholic or stomach pains
Consider replacing soda or coffee with a daily dose of your choice of tea.
Opinion by Obeydah C.