People all over the world have recently started knowing and enjoying the benefits of drinking tea. From the western coffee drinking culture, we see a shift towards more tea drinkers now. This is because many of us realise the benefits ranging from weight loss, to stress reduction and many more. The antioxidants present in tea play an important role to prevent diseases making it a favoured healthy drink.
Although all teas come from the same plant, each of the below has different properties and benefits:
White tea is the least oxidized leaves of all the tea types. Since the processing is short, this team keeps more of its medicinal elements intact. White tea helps you look fresh and healthy because of its healing properties. Helps you keep your skin acne free, in addition, keeps your cholesterol low and blood pressure maintained.
Green tea leaves are oxidized more than white tea, but retains most antioxidants. To list a few benefits of green tea, it prevents heart disease and aging, stabilizes cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and prevents cancer. The polyphenols in green tea are powerful antioxidants, also help in controlling blood sugar and supports weight management.
Oolong tea or semi-green tea is when the leaves turn brown and the oxidation process is stopped. It has health benefits of both green and black tea, it is believed that oolong tea is highly effective in improving symptoms of weak kidney, and helps increase the function of fat metabolism thus fights obesity.
Black tea is known to remove tiredness, stimulate energy and mental alertness. It has minerals and vitamins to maintain health, relieves headaches. It has anti-bacterial and antiviral properties, can be applied to bruises and burns, has a positive effect on preventing gum disease and tooth decay.
Peppermint or spearmint tea are naturally caffeine free and traditional herbal remedies for digestion. Mint helps in digestion, relieves nausea, prevents bloating and helps with stomach ache and breathing problems like asthma.
Chamomile is a flowering plant, 100% caffeine free and used to induce sleep and relaxation. Bisabolol present in chamomile has numerous anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. This tea can be used a solution for various problems like insomnia, anxiety, muscle twitches, skin conditions like eczema, and stomach problems like ulcers or menstrual cramps.
Tea can help you relax and focus on work at hand with more concentration. Have the right amount of tea at regular intervals during the day to keep fresh and healthy. You can experiment with all types of fresh teas, add ginger, lemon or fruits and see which one you like and is the most smoothing.
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