Green tea is a wonderful source of flavonoids, which are bioactive compounds that reduce inflammation and provide a long list of health benefits.
- Tea protects your teeth and heart, and there are indications that it can help to lessen the risk of cancer.
Drinking tea is an enjoyable way to get sufficient fluid into the body each day. There is a wide range of types of tea and they each offer different properties. All non-herbal teas are created from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and the variation between green, black or oolong tea depends on the amount of time the leaves are processed. For green teas the leaves are the least processed and therefore provide the greatest amount of polyphenols. A recent study found that those who drank four or more cups of green tea every day had a 32% less chance of a heart attack. Green tea has shown promise in preventing bone loss and is quickly becoming a popular superfood. It offers more calcium than milk and includes iron, vitamin A and K. White teas are rich in antioxidants and help to keep us young and protect against damage from pollution. While traditional teas contain less than 50% of the caffeine found in coffee, herbal blends have no caffeine at all. There’s no adverse effects on the nervous system. If you’re someone who craves the flavor of coffee, chicory root tea has a similar taste and feel of coffee. Plus, chicory root helps to decrease stress and is prebiotic and good for gut health.