While I’m an avid coffee drinker, I’m well aware of the health benefits associated with drinking tea. From chamomile to green tea and hibiscus, we’ve all heard about the antioxidants, flavonoids, and other healthy goodies these herbs pack. The truth is, whether you drink tea or eat the herbs, there’s no denying their benefits.
Health Benefits of Green, Black & White Tea
Funny enough, all tea varieties come from the same plant, the Camellia sinensis plant. The plant is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids that may help fight free radicals. Green, black, and white tea have some levels of caffeine, which can help promote mental alertness.
Green tea: rich in amino acids that can promote brain function and have anti-anxiety effects.
Black tea: some studies found that drinking black tea regularly may help reduce the risk of heart disease and obesity.
White tea: a great source of fluoride, white tea can help prevent the growth of plaque bacteria and strengthen teeth.
Health Benefits of Herbal Teas
A blend of herbs, seeds, roots, or fruits, herbal teas has lower concentrations of antioxidants. However, while there’s not as much research, there are still linked to many health benefits.
Chamomile tea: some studies believe it can help reduce menstrual pain. Other studies link chamomile tea to lowering blood sugar and being beneficial for treating diabetes.
Hibiscus tea: while more research is needed, some studies believe hibiscus tea could promote weight loss and reduce body fat.
Rooibos tea: most of the research has been around the potential benefits rooibos tea has in keeping cholesterol levels in check.
A Word from GR8NESS
There’s more research to be done around the health benefits of drinking tea. If you’re looking at natural remedies to treat or control a medical condition, speak to a healthcare provider before adding any new supplements to your diet.