Types of Teas & Why You Should Drink Them

Here is a quick look at different teas and their health benefits! We hope to educate & learn together.

White Tea - Uncured and unfermented, it would be really hard to deny that this would not be beneficial.  Studies have shown that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas. A group of polyphenol antioxidants, catechins, are found in white teas. Catechins have been found to reduce cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, and improve the function of blood vessels. Bye bye cardiovascular disease! White tea or herbals are lowest in caffeine with only 0-25mg depending on how it is prepared. Very often, these teas help you relax and calm you down. 

Green Tea – Green tea is probably the most commonly known tea and the most underrated. Green tea is EVERYWHERE. So what is so great about it? Not unlike white tea, it inhibits the growth of cancer cells, lowers cholesterol levels, and blood clots. Green tea helps fight against rheumatoid arthritis, and infections such as food poisoning. My favorite part about green tea? It’s a fat buster! Yes, green tea has been known to aid in weight loss. We suggest using green tea mid-day due to the levels of caffeine.  Green tea has 15-30mg of caffeine and will keep you up up up all night!

Black Tea – Black tea has the highest caffeine content of 40-60mg and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai and some instant teas. We like our black teas in the morning as a replacement for coffee.  Multiple studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from smoke exposure and reduce the risk of stroke. 

Oolong Tea -  Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea that goes through a unique process of withering under strong sun and oxidation. This is why the leafs are often curly. Many believe that oolong can help improve mental alertness  and sharpen thinking skills. Studies show that it can help treat obesity, high cholesterol, and even help with skin allergies such as eczema. Again, this is NOT a bedtime tea. It has similar caffeine to black tea. 

Herbal Tea (tisane) – Made from herbs, fruits, seeds, or roots; their chemical compositions vary widely depending on plants used. Even though they carry lower concentrations of antioxidants that the other kinds of teas, it does not mean they aren’t beneficial. Herbals  are known to help shed pounds, keeps colds at bay, and bring on restful sleep. Below is a breakdown of some herbals.

  • Chamomile: The antioxidants may help prevent complications from diabetes, like loss of vision and kidney damage, as well as stunt the growth of cancer cells.
  • Echinacea: Got a cold? Echinacea is a wonderful way to fight it!
  • Hibiscus: This is a great way to lower blood pressure. A study has shown that three cups a day can help lower blood pressure in people with modestly elevated levels. 
  • Rooibos (roy-boss): Rooibos tea is a South African herb that is fermented. You can drink this any time of day due to its lack of caffeine. It has been shown to assist with nervous tension, allergies, and digestive problems.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

 

Love & Tea

-Alexis&Chris

 

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