Experience The Vast Health Benefits of Tea

August 21st, 2017

Experience the Vast Health Benefits of Tea

8/21/2017

by Miranda Murray


After water, tea is the most enjoyed beverage in the world; and after coming to know all of tea’s amazing benefits, it’ll soon become a staple of your diet.

I’m going to kick things off with what I believe to be the most beneficial tea: Matcha Green Tea.  It’s a ceremonial tea highly popular in Japanese culture.  What is ceremonial tea?  Basically, it means the method of preparing the tea is just as important as enjoying it.  Matcha is stone ground green tea leaves and it’s prepared unlike any other.  Instead of steeping this tea, you “whisk” it with hot water and enjoy all of the contents, even the powder that remains at the bottom of your cup.  To see how matcha green tea is prepared, I recommend this video!  It tastes like a perfect spring morning, I highly enjoy matcha.

Matcha Green Tea Benefits:

  • High in antioxidants
  • Increases energy
  • Enhances mood (sounds iffy, but it’s so pleasant that it’s hard not to!)
  • Boosts immune system
  • Detoxifies
  • Boosts concentration
  • Improves skin’s appearance
  • Lowers bad cholesterol
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Matcha can even help prevent cancer

Green tea is another one my personal favorites.  The taste and flavor of green tea can vary from grassy and sweet, to floral, nutty and roasted.  There are many types of green tea, refer to the photo for a quick run-down!  Depending on the type, green tea tastes best when it’s steeped for about 1 to 2 minutes.  (Side note: if your tea ever tastes bitter, it means the water was too hot and most likely “burned” the tea leaves!)  Green tea offers a mild caffeine content and a highly pleasurable experience.

Benefits of Green Tea:

-Improves brain function

-Increased calorie burn

-High in antioxidants

-Helps with bad breath

-Can help manage diabetes

-Lowers bad cholesterol

-Offers calming experience despite caffeine content

-Detoxifies

-Aids in weight loss


Ever heard of Earl Grey?  How about a nice hot cup of English Breakfast?  These are both common types of Black Tea and they are both delicious!  Black tea has the highest caffeine content, although it’s still less than a cup of coffee (an average cup of coffee has about 95 mg, whereas an average cup of black tea offers about 25-48 mg.)  Black tea steeps best for about 3 to 5 minutes.  The flavor is rich, strong and robust and I like to think it has a very slight citrus note.  Often enjoyed with a lemon and/or sweetener!

Benefits of Black Tea:

  • Boosts heart health
  • May help fight cancer
  • Reduces risk of diabetes
  • Relieves upset stomach
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Can ease headache pain
  • Reduces risk of kidney stones

 


White tea is the most rare and delicate.  It is minimally processed and harvested by hand in early spring.  It’s feathery, white leaves offer a mild sweet flavor.  Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?!  Types of white tea include silver needle and white peony.  Steeping time is about 2 to 3 minutes.

Benefits of White Tea:

  • Aids in weight loss
  • Cell protection during pregnancy
  • Reduces risk of cancer
  • Protection against heart disease
  • Promotes oral health
  • Contributes to a healthy liver

In between Green and Black tea, we find Oolong.  Pronounced just the way it looks.  Flavor wise, oolong offers a more floral, nutty flavor.  Popular types of oolong include Darjeeling, Jade and Dong Ding.  It steeps for about 3 minutes and you can re-use the tea leaves several times.

Benefits of Oolong Tea:

  • High in disease fighting antioxidants
  • Supports a healthy brain
  • Can improve Eczema
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Helps prevent diabetes and obesity
  • Reduces risk of heart disease

 


As with wine, Pu-Erh tea tastes better with age!  Pu-erh is a fermented tea that actually comes in little blocks, so to speak.  A highly prized tea, some pu-erh tea actually comes with some mold on it – and that’s ok.  Some of the best pu-erh teas can be over 30 years old!  Average steeping time is 3 to 4 minutes and it has a earthy and smooth flavor.

Benefits of Pu-Erh Tea:

  • Boost blood flow
  • Lowers bad cholesterol
  • Aids in digestion
  • High in antioxidants
  • Mental alertness
  • Aids in weight loss

The last tea on my list is herbal tea.  All herbal tea is caffeine free and is brewed with a wide variety of ingredients!  From herbs and flowers such as chamomile, lavender, ginger and hibiscus, to peppermint, rose hips, fennel and more!  Steeping times for herbal tea vary depending on the type.  Because there is no caffeine content, herbal tea is great to drink all day and especially before bed.

Benefits of Herbal Tea:

  • Relieves anxiety
  • Aids in digestion and metabolism
  • Relieves nausea
  • Promotes calmness (Chamomile tea before bed is a nightly routine!)
  • High in antioxidants
  • Can help with headaches and other pains
  • Soothes the throat
  • Has antibacterial properties

 


So, what did we learn about tea today?  That it’s a cancer fighting, weight loss promoting, antioxidant magical elixir that will not only fit your taste buds, but improve your quality of life!  How do you like to enjoy your tea?!

-Miranda

*I am not a doctor, nutritionist or scientist but I have spent years soaking up information I’ve gathered through various websites, by attending numerous informational meetings and working with nutritionists and fitness trainers.

Sources: Pinterest, Dr. Axe, Ito en

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