The Health Benefits of Tea
Here at Libre we love our tea and love the health benefits that comes along with it. Whether you drink black, green, white, oolong, rooibos, or herbal teas they all have unique properties that enhance our health and wellbeing.
Here are only a few of the health benefits shared by white, green, black & oolong tea!
Tea contains flavonoids which act as antioxidants. These antioxidants help neutralize cell damaging free-radicals which in return has a positive impact on some chronic diseases including some types of cancer (skin, oral, lung, ovarian cancer, etc.) and cardiovascular disease.
Research studies show that the theanine found in tea is a distinctive amino acid that preps the immune system to help fight infection, bacteria and viruses. This theanine helps the immune system generate higher levels of interferon. Interferon is a protein our bodies produce and one of its main functions is to build up our immune system.
It has also been noted that one 8oz cup of tea a day can lower the risk of developing kidney stones.
Tea is a natural source of fluoride that can aid in the tooth enamel defense and these same flavonoids mentioned above are said to reduce the plaque from forming on our teeth.
Here are a few more individualized health benefits of tea:
White tea has all the benefits listed above but because it under goes the least processing after harvesting it has the highest levels of the antioxidants making it one of the healthiest teas of all.
White tea is said to aid in weight loss by increasing your metabolism due to the high levels of antioxidants. The high levels of catechins (a type of antioxidant) in white tea helps lower the bad cholesterol while increasing the good cholesterol.
Preliminary studies have found that people who drink five or more cups a day of green tea had a 26% lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease.
The antioxidant properties of green tea may help protect against atherosclerosis, mainly coronary artery disease.
Green tea also lowers bad cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol.
Researchers believe that polyphenols in green tea help kill cancerous cells and halt their progression with breast, bladder, colorectal, esophageal, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, skin and stomach.
A study at the University of Pittsburgh states that, that although more studies are needed, the antioxidants in the green tea help protect the bladder against inflammation or injury.
According to a recent study at the University of Michigan Health System states that the ‘epigallaocatechin-3-gallate’ (EGCG) found in green tea may be beneficial to rheumatoid patients decreasing joint pain and inflammation.
Green tea contains particularly high levels of the antioxidant, polyphenol. In fact, a 1996 Boston Tufts University study concluded that one cup of green tea has antioxidant levels equivalent to 22 vegetables.
Green Tea may help reduce the inflammation in the bowels for those with irritable bowel disease.
Take a green tea moment to help lower your anxiety level.
Losing weight is a little bit easier with green tea as it increases your metabolism which in return helps burn fat.
A study published in the Molecular Nutrition and Food Research says citrus juices added to green tea,(limes, grapefruits, lemons and oranges),increase the levels of catechins absorbed by the body by more than 20%.
Matcha is a “superfood,” rich in anti-oxidants and is reported to significantly improve clarity of mind, memory recall and retention. It has traditionally been used to bolster energy, clarity, focus and peace.
Antioxidants – 1 serving of Matcha has over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food. Specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) – known for its cancer fighting properties
Amino acid L-Theanine –helps to calm the nerves and increases memory and concentration
Strengthens the immune system – as it contains high concentrations of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.
Including the health benefits above it is also reported that black tea can improve cholesterol levels and blood vessel function plus the Kaempferol in tea can reduce oxidative damage.
Oolong Tea also boosts aiding in most of the ailments above; but also is attributed to helping people with Eczema & Recalcitrant Atopic Dermatology.
Pu-erh Tea boosts your metabolism helping fight cancer and burn fat, is a great digestion aid, helps with a stronger heart by increasing blood circulation, and can help with your hangover by invigorating the liver and spleen while the caffeine calms the headache.
Rooibos tea is different from the above teas in that it is not made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant but is made from the Rooibos plant (Red Bush) grown in South Africa.
Rooibos tea has a high concentrate of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals; plus it is completely caffeine-free. With the high levels of flavonoid, rooibos is considered by some to have an antispasmodic property which can be used to treat stomach cramps and other similar ailments as well as possibly helping with bronchial and anti-inflammatory conditions.
There are too many herbal teas to mention, each having their own health benefits – we have listed only a few. Please remember each individual reacts differently to different herbs and to always check with your doctor before taking any herbal treatment.
- Chamomile – Helps sooth the tummy and the nerves to help you sleep
- Cinnamon – Helps improve circulation, cold symptoms, stomach upsets
- Echinacea – Helps cold and flu symptoms and as an immune booster
- Ginger – helps with nausea, pain, inflammation, cold symptoms
- Lemon – Helps clean the toxins from your blood leaving you feel more alert and active
- Nettle – Helps with coughs, asthma, muscle & joint problems, allergies
- Passionflower – Helps with a restful sleep, lowers blood pressure, works as a painkiller
- Peppermint – Helps with indigestion, nausea , bad breath, cough & congestion caused by colds
- Rosemary – Helps with headaches and fevers, poor circulation
- Thyme – Reduces cough, bronchitis, sinus pressure
For more information on any of these Herbal Teas please ask at your local health food store, your pharmacist, doctor or look online.
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