Next time you find yourself reaching for the coffee maker, maybe try putting on the kettle instead. While coffee may be the number one hot beverage for most North Americans, tea is actually a much healthier option. And with so many different types available, it’s not hard to see why it’s the most popular drink in the world after water. Read on to learn more about the health benefits of different types of teas:
Black tea is the most processed but also has the highest number of antioxidants. In addition to reducing your risk of stroke and diabetes and lowering your cholesterol levels, black tea cuts down on bad breath by stopping plaque from clinging to your teeth (plaque build-up leads to tartar and can eventually cause gingivitis and other serious dental issues). Despite the caffeine present in black tea, it still counts towards your daily water content.
Contrary to black tea, white tea is the least processed, meaning the antioxidants are even stronger. White tea is great for staving off signs of aging and is also beneficial in preventing certain types of cancers and cardiovascular conditions. It also has a potent antiviral effect and can help stimulate weight loss.
Oolong tea is an excellent metabolism booster and a great ally to have in the battle to lose weight. In fact, drinking oolong tea may be even more beneficial in slimming down than water; oolong has been shown to rev up your body’s ability to burn fat and boosts your metabolism for up to 2 hours after consumption.
Green tea is universally touted as one of the healthiest as it boasts a range of incredible health benefits. In addition to reducing your risk of skin cancer, green tea decreases inflammation, protects against sunburn and helps prevent UV damage. Green tea has also been found to make your bones stronger, and might potentially prevent or slow down the progress of certain mental illnesses like Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Herbal teas aren’t technically tea in the traditional sense (they’re not made from the specific type of plants used in all of the above-mentioned teas). Rather, herbal tea is a naturally caffeine free tisane made of leaves, seeds, roots and bark.
Common types of herbal teas include:
Peppermint (alleviates nausea, indigestion, bloating, heartburn, and reduces inflammation)
Ginger (also great for alleviating nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, and any other digestive ailment. When mixed with honey, it can help reduce your discomfort when suffering from a cold and is also a natural anti-inflammatory)
Chamomile (primarily known as a sedative, chamomile is a great sleepy time tea that also helps with coughs, colds, and bronchitis)
Milk Thistle and Dandelion (dandelion is incredibly good for your health overall and has been linked with preventing certain types of cancer. It's also a fantastic liver cleanser, and in combination with milk thistle, helps your body clean itself out and function better. Dandelion is also helpful in correcting hormone imbalances)
Rosehip (an excellent natural source of Vitamin C and good for boosting the overall health of your immune system)
Rooibos falls under the same category as herbal tea in that it’s not derived from the same plant as black, white, green, and oolong tea. It’s made from South African red bush and is naturally caffeine free. Rooibos is an excellent anti-inflammatory and has high antioxidant properties. It’s especially helpful in treating skin conditions like rosacea, acne, and eczema.