January is National Tea Month, however tea can complement anytime of the year because it can be served hot or over ice. But its benefits go far beyond refreshment. For thousands of years, tea has been seen as a key to good health, happiness, and wisdom in the East. Currently it has caught the attention of researchers in the West, who are discovering the many health benefits of different types of teas.
Tea is packed with antioxidants, called flavonoids, that help clean out your system of environmental toxins. With as little as 1 cup of tea/day, you can help improve your risk of heart attack, cancer, and stroke. These flavonoids also help boost your immune system, strengthen bones, and improve your brain and digestive health. Research also shows that tea changes your mouth’s PH, which helps prevent tooth decay and protect those pearly whites.
They are many types of teas, however they are all derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant that is native to China and India. Each tea is said to offer specific health benefits:
- Green Tea: made from steamed tea leaves offers a high dose of antioxidants that interfere with cancer cell’s production, counteracts oxidative stress to the brain, and improves cholesterol levels.
- Black Tea: made from fully fermented tea leaves offers the highest dose of caffeine. It also forms the basis for flavored teas like chia and some instant teas. This tea is especially helpful in protecting your lungs from environmental stress. Make sure to check out our Tea Punch Recipe that the whole family will love.
- White Tea: made from unfermented and uncured tea leaves offers the highest anticancer properties.
- Oolong Tea: made from partially fermented tea leaves is shown to lower cholesterol levels.
- Herbal Teas: made from a mix of herbs, fruits, seeds, and roots offer a lower concentration of antioxidants. However, depending on the plant used, it can offer other positive effects on blood pressure, sleep patterns, illness recovery, and vision to name a few.
This year, pour yourself a cup of health to compliment the nutritious foods in your day.