As a Brit, naturally, I graduate more to a cup of tea than a mug of coffee. And yes, I do treat myself to a special blend of Earl Grey in a china cup each afternoon. Tea has many health benefits as well as being a delicious way to hydrate. Although the same family, the different types of tea have different properties and therefore different benefits. While you might prefer English breakfast, Yorkshire or a simple blend for every day drinking, here are ten teas you should know of for their healthful benefits.
1. GREEN TEA
Green tea is an all-rounder tea that is beneficial for a number of ailments and health problems. Green tea can actively reduce arthritis pain, inflammation and pain caused due to sore muscles after workout. It is also great for reducing bloating. This is because; green tea contains an active ingredient- EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which is a powerful catechin.
Benefits: Best for bloating, ease pain, allergies, acne, weight loss.
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2. CHAMOMILE TEA
If you’re feeling stretched out after dinner, you can sip on a hot cup of chamomile tea. It helps relax GI muscles to help dissipate the gas that causes your stomach to bloat. Chamomile can also soothe and relax, which can help ease any sort of stomach discomfort. Chamomile tea can also help soothe skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and acne and pigmentation on skin.
Benefits: Beneficial for sleep, skin problems, digestive problems, anxiety, bloating.
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3. PEPPERMINT TEA
Peppermint tea has soothing analgesic effects that make it invaluable for treating digestive complaints like gas and bloating. It also is effective against headache and menstrual cramps due to its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties.
Benefits: Helps with nausea, bad breath, digestive problems, headaches, PMS.
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4. HIBISCUS TEA
Hibiscus flowers contain high levels of antioxidants. High in vitamin C and antioxidants, hibiscus tea is well known for lowering blood pressure. It is also helpful for the inflammation of mucus membranes such as sore throats, gum disease and cystitis.
Benefits: Beneficial for High blood pressure, respiratory diseases.
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5. OOLONG TEA
Health benefits of oolong tea include the reduction of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, inflammatory disorders, and high cholesterol levels. It is used to sharpen thinking skills and improve mental alertness.
Benefits: promotes weight loss and boosts metabolism.
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6. CHAI TEA
A blend of herbs and spices, chai has been cherished for centuries in India to preserve health and increase peace of mind. It’s useful for heartburn, cough, cold, and indigestion. It is also beneficial for bloating and gas.
Benefits: Fight inflammation, boost immune system, treat cough and cold.
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7. MATCHA TEA
Matcha tea is rich in anti-oxidants which results in production of energy in the body. It also helps to strengthen the immune system of a persona and also help you to live energetic life. The high amount of anti-oxidants found in Matcha tee helps to keep the skin away from any type of diseases and also protects you naturally from harmful UV rays.
Benefits: burn belly fat, boost immune system, and detoxifier.
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8. BLACK TEA
Black tea that is made from the leaves of the plant shrub that helps in controlling blood sugar levels and curbing hunger pangs. The combined effect of these helps in weight loss. It also helps to treat headache and lose motions.
Benefits: Remedy for blood sugar problem, weight loss, headache, diarrhea etc.
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9. WHITE TEA
Loaded richly with antioxidants, white tea is known to have a major role in boosting the metabolic rate. The presence of amino acid, L-theanine, in generous amount in this tea enables it to be used to combat stress and improve concentration and ease.
Benefits: helps with stress, anti-aging, weight loss and detoxification.
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10. GINGER TEA
Ginger has been used to remedy stomach upsets for centuries. This spice can reduce pressure on the abdomen, providing relief from bloating. Drinking warm ginger tea will help to relax your digestive system.
Benefits: Treat bloating, Digestive problems, cold, upset stomach, menstrual cramps sore throat.
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