Check out these tea-riffic benefits
There’s nothing better than a warm cup of tea to make you feel better, but did you know there are actual health benefits to drinking tea? Teas can help prevent cancer, heart disease, some symptoms of diabetes and can even lead to weight loss and lower cholesterol.
We’ve talked about the benefits of matcha green tea and turmeric lattes, but today we’re focusing on brewed teas. White tea, green tea, black tea, oolong tea and pu-erh tea are all derived from the plant Camellia sinensis. We get these different types of teas depending on the way the leaves are processed after harvesting.
- White tea is uncured and unfermented. Studies suggest white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to other processed teas. It also contains catechins, an antioxidant that can help fight cancer and prevent cardiovascular disease.
- Green tea also contains catechins. Studies suggest that drinking one cup a day could decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease by 10 percent. It may also help prevent clogs in arteries, burn fat and reduce the risk of stroke.
- Black tea has the highest caffeine content. It’s usually used as the basis for chai and other instant teas. It contains the antioxidants thearubigin and theaflavin, which can help lower cholesterol and may reduce the risk of stroke.
- Oolong tea can help burn fat by activating triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood. Its antioxidants also can help prevent tooth decay and detoxify the body from harmful free radicals. Oolong tea has also been shown to improve mental performance and alertness.
- Pu-erh tea is made from fermented and aged black tea leaves that are pressed into cakes. Its benefits include aiding in digestion and weight loss. It also helps to cleanse the body of acids and free radicals from food and the environment.
- Chamomile tea is actually an herbal tea, but its benefits are closely related to these other teas. Its antioxidant properties may help stunt the growth of cancer cells and prevents many of the side effects from diabetes.
Choose your favorite tea and incorporate it into your daily diet. Whether you’re enjoying a cup in the morning at home or at work in one of our bento jars, we’re sure you’ll reap its benefits!