These soothing, aromatic teas have amazing mind and body benefits.
1) Green Tea For Heart Health, Cancer Prevention & Oral Health
Green tea contains catechins, substances that scientists think give the tea its antioxidant properties that could prevent the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic and colorectal cancers.
Clinical studies on drinking green tea have found that it helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. It also prevents clogging of the arteries and reduces risks of heart strokes as concluded by a study of more than 90,000 Japanese participants.
2) Black Tea For Heart Health & Blood Pressure
“Most of the benefits come from powerful plant chemicals called polyphenols, as well as flavonoids,” says Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, the director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hospital in New York City. Steinbaum regularly advises coffee drinkers to switch to black tea, as it has roughly half the amount of caffeine present in coffee. A clinical trial published in the May 2012
A clinical trial published in the May 2012 Preventive Medicine Journal showed that people who drank three cups of black tea per day had 36 percent lower triglyceride (a type of fat) levels and their cholesterol profiles improved by 17 percent.
Black tea contains theophylline, which increases blood flow in the capillaries and helps maintain normal blood pressure.
3) White Tea For Heart Health, Blood Pressure, Oral Health & Immune System
For those of you who haven't heard of white tea, it is the purest form of tea as it requires minimal processing time. The tea leaves are dried and this gives the tea its distinctive mild taste.
Flavonoids in white tea are good for your heart and blood circulation. Studies show that white tea can thin the blood and improve artery function, thus reducing cholesterol and lowering high blood pressure. Antioxidants present in white tea tone the entire immune system, providing protection against a wide range of bacteria, viruses and diseases.
4) Hibiscus Tea For Blood Pressure, Heart Health & Inflammation
Hibiscus tea is made from dried calyces of the hibiscus flower that contain antioxidants. These antioxidants help rid your body of free radicals and protect you from chronic problems such as heart disease.
Studies show that consuming hibiscus tea reduced blood pressure in hypertensive and mild hypertensive individuals. It even prevents inflammation linked to cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
5) Chamomile Tea For Diabetes, Gastrointestinal Inflammation & Sleep
Antioxidants present in chamomile tea may help prevent complications from diabetes like vision loss, kidney and nerve damage. Chamomile’s medicinal secret is the volatile oil derived from its daisy-like flowers that are often used to help stop gastrointestinal inflammation, prevent gas, reduce irritable bowel syndrome and stomach cramps, and manage insomnia.
6) Oolong Tea For Blood Pressure & Diabetes
A clinical study found that oolong tea may help people with coronary artery disease. Oolong tea is also used as a herbal brew to treat type 2 diabetes in conjunction with Western medicine. It regulates blood sugar and insulin levels in the bloodstream so that dangerous dips and spikes in blood sugar can be reduced, which can be disastrous for diabetic patients.
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