Who doesn’t love a warm, steaming cup of tea. Even if you think it to be bitter and gross, well that is what sugar is for, my dear. Whether you like it iced, hot, or mixed in with a latte, tea is delicious, but what is going on underneath. This post will reveal the secrets and the truth behind all that caffeine (if it has some…just keep reading).
Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG, an antioxidant that has many therapeutic applications in the treatment of disorders (like cancer, for example), and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.
Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.
Herbal teas have lower concentrations of antioxidants, but tend to have a more therapeutic affect than the others. Here are some specifics…
- Chamomile: Its antioxidants may help prevent complications from diabetes like loss of vision and nerve and kidney damage, and stunt the growth of cancer cells.
- Echinacea: Most commonly known to fight the common cold, but science’s research has proved to be inconclusive.
- Hibiscus: A small study found that drinking three cups of hibiscus tea daily lowered blood pressure in people with modestly elevated levels.
- Rooibos (red tea): A South African herb that is fermented. Although it has flavonoids with cancer-fighting properties, medical studies have been limited.
Research from Web MD.