5 Types of Tea and Their Health Benefits
A listing of common teas, possible health benefits, and the differences in benefits offered by each different type of tea.
Tea has been around for thousands of years in multiple cultures. Many teas are used for medicinal reasons, and different types of teas have various health benefits. Not only is tea healthy and refreshing, it can help boost your metabolism, help you sleep, calm anxieties, and much more.
Below are a few of the most common teas and their health benefits:
Green tea has been touted for its aid in weight-loss and its antioxidants. Did you know that green tea also lowers cholesterol and increases “good” cholesterol? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a clinical study found that men who drink green tea are more likely to have lower cholesterol than those who don’t.
Green tea also has antioxidants called polyphenols, which help prevent diseases and keep you healthy. Green tea is prepared from unfermented leaves.
Not only does Black tea have more caffeine than many other teas, it also has antioxidants and lowers the risk of heart disease. A Boston University study found that black tea helped patients with coronary artery disease and lowered cardiovascular problems. Lastly, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study found that green and black teas may reduce the risk of stroke, and that patients who drank 3 or more cups of tea per day had a 21% lower risk of stroke than those who drank a cup or less per day.
Black tea is prepared from fully fermented leaves.
The more the leaves are fermented, the lower the polyphenol content and the higher the caffeine content. Green tea has the highest polyphenol content while black tea has roughly 2 – 3 times the caffeine content of green tea. Source: University of Maryland Medical Center.
Oolong tea has many healing properties, and is known to aid in weight-loss and boost metabolism. Oolong tea also contains polyphenols. Furthermore, this type of tea can aid in digestion because it helping clear bad bacteria from your gut. Oolong also helps with skin issues, such as eczema. In this study, 54% of patients who drank oolong tea daily for 6 months showed positive, long-lasting results in their skin conditions.
Oolong tea is prepared from partially fermented leaves.
White tea has the highest antioxidant properties and is low in caffeine. Like the other teas above, it also helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. White tea also has antibacterial properties, which helps prevent infections. A study by Oregon State University showed that white tea may protect against colon cancer, as opposed to taking prescription drugs.
If you’re looking for a caffeine free tea, Rooibos tea is the tea for you. Rooibos tea also contains cancer fighting properties like other teas. Rooibos tea may have 50% more antioxidants than green tea! Some studies have shown that this type of tea is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-allergic. This is definitely a powerful tea to have in your pantry.
There are several types of teas to choose from, but these are the most common, and easily found (I linked to one of each). Whether you’ve tried all of them or only a few, you should definitely have a few different teas in your rotation because of the myriad of health benefits!
Note: None of this is meant as medical advice. I am not a doctor, and do not play one on the internet. Please consult a physician if you have any questions about using tea so your doctor can better explain to you the benefits, possible side effects, and any warnings about tea.
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