Tea has been a super food since thousands of years now, and is the second most consumed beverage after water. But how do you choose from so many different types of tea and pick what’s best for you? We’re here to help you with that.
Firstly, did you know that black tea, white tea and green tea are all derived from the same parent plant (Camellia sinensis). Tea has a wide array of health benefits that have been exhibited since its discovery ranging from preventing heart disease, to anti-cancer properties and even promoting weight loss – All this from a humble little cup of tea.
Black Tea – the most fermented and processed tea out of all of them. It is one of the most caffeinated teas of all, containing nearly 40 milligrams of caffeine per cup. It also happens to contain theaflavins and thearubigins, two antioxidants that help control and lower cholesterol levels.
Besides this black tea has also been proven to reduce the risk of stroke as well as protect the lungs from the ill effects of smoking! Ironic that the tea itself is ‘black’. This tea also keeps you alert and sharp.
Green Tea – This is a hugely popular kind of tea that is used worldwide by health enthusiasts. Green tea has been shown to promote weight loss and contains catechin polyphenols that heighten fat oxidization and help in thermogenesis (torching fat).
Besides this, green tea also shoots up the metabolism of the body and helps with cholesterol management. Just like black tea, green tea also prevents heart disease and fights cancer.
White Tea – It is uncured and not fermented, the least processed of all teas. It is however, the most multitasking tea with its array of health benefits. Like green tea, it contains catechins which help promote weight loss and prevent heart issues (except breakups!).
It has also shown to have the most potent cancer battling abilities compared to most processed teas. It has also shown to reduce the chances of recurrence of breast cancer among survivors according to the American Cancer Society.
Herbal Tea – A popular choice nowadays, herbal teas are a great and delicious way to stay hydrated and stay warm during winter months. The flavors they are available in range right from ginger and lemon, spearmint, tulsi, peppermint and many more! They are good anti-oxidants and keep the body clean and fight unwanted bacteria.
Herbal teas are a great cure for nausea, help curb those deadly night-time cravings and settle upset stomachs. They make a great gift too!
It’s time to ditch those soda cans and processed juices and go back to the roots.
Nothing Beats A Good Steaming Cup of Tea!