The teas and infusions that you take in the morning and before sleeping could be the remedy to several ailments. Thanks to their endless natural properties, teas and infusions should be included in your daily diet.
Great tasting tea in and of itself is wonderful so to hear that it also has amazing health benefits to boot is even better. And the good thing is that these health benefits are not just restricted to one type of tea. There are white, yellow, green, black and oolong teas with health benefits.
“Tea started as a medicine and became a drink,” writes Okakura Kakuzo, in his Classic “The Boook of Tea” A cup of tea may be more beneficial to your health than you think.
Teas and infusions were originally used for medicinal purposes. Over time, it was adopted as an occasional cup for pleasure. Be it green, black or chamomile tea, there’s always a good reason to enjoy a cup.
We’ll tell you the types of teas and their associated health benefits that you need to know about for your daily consumption. Read on to see the list.
1. Green tea
According to Medical News Today, green tea can increase cognitive functioning directly related to a better working memory, learning and decision making. I don’t know about you but I often have to write things down somewhere in order to recall them. Working memory is the short term memory that most of us use on a daily basis for recalling things in the immediate future.
This specific benefit of green tea is related to its content of polyphenols, which are micronutrients with antioxidant properties. In addition, these antioxidants protect you from cell damage related to aging, so write down green tea as a key source for a good memory and young skin.
But wait, there’s more!, According to a 2017 study published in the “Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, green tea can slow the growth of tumor cells from many types of cancer, such as pancreatic cancer. Moreover, it reduces the risk of acquiring cancer to begin with. It also lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease thanks to one of its polyphenols – epigallocatechin gallate. In other words, there’s no reason not to enjoy a cup, or several cups of green tea daily like I do.
2. Jasmine tea
Jasmine flowers contain antioxidants, which can protect cells from age-related damage, and are also related to an improvement in physical well-being as well as a known stress reducer. We’re all seeking the fountain of youth and who couldn’t benefit from reduced stress?
Professor Eliezer Flescher, from Tel Aviv University in Israel, also discovered that methyl jasmonate, a compound found in the jasmine plant, induces the death of cancer cells in the cervix.
In addition, an investigation published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology explained that the smell of jasmine tea is soothing, can calm the nerves and can help regulate mood.
Jasmine tea comes in a variety of flavors and sizes and is generally available everywhere. Be sure to invest in high quality tea leaves if they’re store bought and keep them preserved in your cupboards for best use within 6 months.
Chamomile tea has soothing effects, which makes it the perfect help to fall asleep. It’s also believed that chamomile has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and liver protective effects.
In addition, it can help fight diarrhea and stomach ulcers. The study also found that chamomile tea reduces the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and improvements in blood glucose levels, insulin and blood lipids.
So many health benefits! So basically you can drink this tea right before bed and realize all of its health benefits while dozing off to sleep. Win win.
Mint tea supports digestive tract health, as well as containing antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Studies on the effects of mint on health, published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), have shown that peppermint oil preparations can help alleviate indigestion, nausea, heartburn and stomach aches.
Peppermint is effective in relaxing spasms in the intestines, esophagus, colon and relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. In conclusion, mint tea is a great natural remedy to treat digestive discomfort, whether by colic, nausea or indigestion.
Another great option. People have strong opinions about mint – either they love it or hate it. Try adding a touch of honey to your favorite mint tea. That’s worked for me and though I still prefer other types of tea, you really can’t argue with the aforementioned health benefits.
Ginger tea is distinguished by that spicy flavor, it also contains a large amount of healthy antioxidants that fight diseases, help fight inflammation, stimulate the immune system and eliminate nausea.
Ginger can also help prevent stomach ulcers and relieve indigestion or constipation.
Healthline also reported that ginger supplements help with the control of blood sugar and lipid levels in the blood.
Now, ginger is unique in the sense that it comes in a variety of different formats. For example, there are ginger snaps, gingerbread men, ginger candy, ginger pills etc… I actually use a combination of different forms of ginger.
So I take a dietary supplement of ginger pills that are coated so as not to leave a gingery breath. It is less spicy than consuming ginger directly and is long lasting as well.
However, I know of some young people that like ginger candy. They probably like it for the taste itself and could care less about its health benefits but hey, most parents won’t argue with ginger over junk food. But anyway, back to tea.
You can prepare any or all of the above teas in your favorite electric kettle, and start drinking! You’ll get all of the amazing aforementioned health benefits with a single daily cup. It’s tea time!