What Are The Health Benefits Of Tea & Herbal Tea?
A powerful blend of herbs, seeds, fruits or roots that is then seeped in hot water, herbal tea is a popular beverage across the globe. While there are many benefits of tea, the types and blends available are endless. Some of the most popular herb based beverages include chamomile tea, peppermint tea and green tea.
While black tea, green tea, white tea and oolong tea appear to contain the higher levels of antioxidants, many people continue to drink many other types of herbal tea simply because they are warm, comforting drinks that taste great! Below are the top 5 herb based teas that many people turn to to help them feel great.
Containing many antioxidants which assist in the blocking of cancer causing cells, this warming drink is also thought to assist with improving heart health, immune systems and symptoms of arthritis. Reduced cholesterol and improved fat metabolism is also thought to be improved through regular consumption of this delicious beverage.
A daily dose of this lovely drink is also thought lower the risk of developing cancer. Green tea contains strong antioxidants called polyphenols that are thought to suppress free radicals within the body. Consumed warm, this drink is also thought to promote wellness through inhibiting viruses, fighting tooth decay, lowering cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.
The antioxidants in chamomile are thought to assist with health problems associated with medical conditions such as diabetes. In addition to improving eye and kidney health, chamomile tea is thought to relive bloating and indigestion, have a calming effect and also help stunt the growth of cancer cells.
Peppermint is thought to assist with settling indigestion, flatulence and nausea problems. It is known to help clear congestion, reduce stress and reduce the intensity of aches and pains. As it is quite strong, peppermint tea is not recommended for people who suffer from heart burn.
The herb ginger is often recommended to help settle nausea. It is often paired up with lemon in order to make it a more palatable and enjoyable beverage. Ginger and honey blends are often recommended to pregnant women who are suffering from morning sickness.
Enjoy Your Herbal Tea!
Herbal drinks are wonderful alternative to caffeinated drinks if you are wanting a warm, refreshing beverage to relax and enjoy. When making your own blend, be sure to place your tea bag or leaves at the bottom of the pot. Pour hot water over the leaves and cover your brew for a few minutes to let it steep.
NOTE: While there is not much scientific research to support claims of the benefits of tea, many people continue to enjoy and consume herb based beverages on a regular basis. While most herbal beverages are ‘benign’ and do not possess any harmful side effects, people looking to lose weight should be wary of ‘dieters’ teas that contain plant derived laxatives such as senna, aloe and buckthorn. These herbs in incorrect doses can cause bowel, liver and kidney problems.