Everyday there seems to be more and more studies how different teas can help your health. It’s like that saying, a cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away.
The most health conscious teas—green, black, oolong, and white—all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, which is native to China and India and chock full of antioxidants called flavonoids.
As spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, Katherine Tallmadge, says
“there doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea…I think it’s a great alternative to coffee drinking. First, tea has less caffeine. It’s pretty well established that the compounds in tea—their flavonoids—are good for the heart and may reduce cancer.”
Tea leaves contain potent flavonoid called ECGC, which helps to protect the body against free radicals that could potentially cause things like cancer, clogged arteries, and heart disease. Different tea helps with different aspects of health. Green tea is a great option for overall health. The amount of ECGC in green tea fights against a varying list of illnesses and diseases. Black tea is the best alternative to coffee because of its level of caffeine. Drinking black tea can lower blood pressure, boost metabolism, and aid with blood vessel function. White tea is the least processed tea, which correlates with having the most potent level of healthy antioxidants. White tea is said to be able to ease the symptoms of some illnesses and promote recuperation, while strengthening the cardiovascular and immune systems.
There are many other types of teas, each with more health benefits. As the weather changes, maybe it can keep you from getting sick or maybe just help you have a really nice day. Remember a cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away.