Tea has been used for thousands of years in different parts of the world particularly in the East, but it is only now that it’s getting the attention it deserves. Tea is now considered as a healthy alternative to coffee. According to some studies, tea drinking can help you manage diabetes and heart disease, help in weight loss efforts and even boost mental alertness. The benefits of tea drinking are obvious, and these can be yours as soon as you start taking your tea. But keep in mind that not all commercial teas can deliver these health benefits. If purists are to be followed, the real thing comes in the form of green, black, white and even pu-erh tea. All these are sourced from Camellia sinensis and contain flavinoids and a host of other beneficial compounds. Here are some of the potential benefits that you’ll get from each popular type of tea.
Black tea- This is often the choice tea for those looking to get a boost in energy. This type of tea contains a ‘substantial amount’ of caffeine that can keep the person alert and also delivers polyphenols that can help prevent DNA damage. This is also the basis for certain types of flavored teas and can help reduce a person’s risk of developing stroke.
White tea- This is sourced from the leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis that best known for its polyphenols content. A substantial level of catechins can also be found in this type of tea that can help prevent certain cancers and reduce the risk of stroke.
Green tea- Compared to other tea types, green tea is least processed thus will contain more polyphenols and anti-oxidants. Green tea was a popular choice in Indian and Chinese medicine when it comes to treating wounds and bleeding. But right now, medical professionals are looking at other benefits of this type of tea. Drinking green tea can help lower the risks of developing certain cancers, heart diseases, Type 2 diabetes and can even help in the person’s weight loss efforts.
If you haven’t tried tea, then now is the best time to drink up and stay healthy. Healthy beverages like tea should form part of a person’s daily diet. Healthy eating isn’t just about the food you eat but should also include the beverage you take.