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It Is Tea Time

It Is Tea Time

From skin protecting to tummy soothing and cancer fighting, have a look at some of the best teas for your wellbeing!

Chamomile Tea – Well known for its calming properties, chamomile is caffeine-free and a great potion to ensure you get a restful night’s sleep because of its relaxing effect on the nervous system. It is also a trusted remedy for minor tummy troubles, including reflux, diarrhea, menstrual cramps and nausea, thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Oolong Tea – This traditional Chinese tea, which comes in many different varieties, is semi-fermented with a flavor that falls somewhere between black and green tea. Oolong translates to ‘black dragon’ perhaps due to its long black curly leaves. It is the perfect tonic to assist digestion and is valued for its possible assistance with weight loss. Apparently the combination of caffeine and antioxidant catechin helps with the breakdown of fats and may reduce the amount of fat that is absorbed from a meal. Other studies into the health properties of Oolong have found it to be beneficial in preventing tooth decay, skin damage, reducing cholesterol and helping to slow down the ageing process.

Peppermint Tea – This refreshing and energizing beverage is a tisane, which is a caffeine free infusion that is made from anything other than the leaves of a tea plant. It is also known as herbal tea, tisane can be made from seeds, fresh or dried flowers, fruits, leaves and roots. Peppermint tea is great with meals as it supports good digestion and is useful in reducing flatulence, bloating and indigestion. For an easy and cost effective version, you can simply steep a handful of fresh peppermint leaves in some boiled water. During summer, iced peppermint tea is the ideal thirst quencher and you still get all the health benefits.

Black Tea – This tea has the highest caffeine content of them all and is the base for a wide variety of teas. Black tea comes from the same plant as oolong, green and white tea. However, due to its longer fermenting process, it has a much stronger flavour which is retained for a longer period of time. Black tea has the ability to increase mental alertness as well as reducing anxiety and stress because of its high content of the amino acid L-theanine. It is important to keep your tea free of milk and sugar so that you are limiting your intake of fat and sodium.

White Tea - The purest of all teas, white tea comes from the youngest leaves on the tea plant while they are still covered in silvery white fur. This tea variety has the highest antioxidant content and the lowest amount of caffeine. White tea is considered to be rare and therefore a little more expensive and with its sweet and silky flavor, it is regarded by many as the healthiest choice. Antioxidants are found in all tea varieties, but they are at their most powerful in white tea. These protective nutrients have been shown to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of cancer and boost cardiovascular health.

Green Tea – If there was a potion for youth, then green tea would be pretty close. With a similarly pure processing treatment as white tea, it is packed with antioxidants. Green tea has significantly high levels of flavonoids and a variety of antioxidants that have been found to help battle cancer at any stage. Recent research shows that the catechins in tea deactivate oxidants before cell damage occurs, potentially reducing the number and size of tumours and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. Other studies into the health properties of green tea have found that it has the ability to cleanse the liver, lower blood pressure, help with digestion, boost immunity and speed up metabolism.

With all these health benefits, it is well worth having a cup of one of these teas each day!

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