Teas from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) provide a host of health and wellness benefits.
As we become more health-conscious and concerned about aging, healthful, natural alternatives (such as regular consumption of tea) make their way into more and more of our daily health routines and diets.
And, research and traditional wisdom tell us that the entire tea family is good for our health. Whichever tea type you choose - black, oolong, pu-erh, green, or white - your health will benefit! What better way to nurture your physical, emotional, and mental health than with a soothing, healthy cup of tea?
All teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant provide certain health and wellness benefits - all are filled with powerful antioxidants, provide a boost of caffeine, offer powerful nutrients, are hydrating, and are delicious and comforting!
Each of these teas has its own individual strengths, as well. Here is what scientific research is telling us about the many ways the teas from the tea plant work for our good health.
Black tea is good for us in so many ways. Rich in antioxidants, black tea supports cardiovascular health, prevents dental plaque build-up (and bad breath), and provides protection against heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Black tea can also help lower high blood pressure levels.
Research tells us as well that black tea can help you recover more quickly after exercise and reduce post-workout muscle soreness.
Feeling stressed or overloaded? Drinking black tea lowers your cortisol levels (a.k.a. the 'stress' hormone) and can help you de-stress more quickly after a bad day or stressful event.
If you're new to the world of tea, you may not be familiar with oolong tea - but this healthy, delicious tea is worth a try!
Drink oolong tea for heart health, to lower high blood pressure, and to keep your bones strong and dense. Oolong tea can also improve dental health, providing protection against cavities, dental plaque, and tooth decay.
In traditional Chinese medicine, oolong tea is known as a weight-loss tea, and current research supports this. Oolong not only boost metabolism and blocks fat-building enzymes, but also works to suppress hunger.
Oolong tea can be beneficial for your skin, as well, by easing the itch and discomfort of eczema.
News about green tea benefits is everywhere, thanks to the multitude of current research about this delicious, soothing tea.
Drinking green tea regularly can help keep your bones strong. And, green tea is chock full of powerful antioxidants, which fight inflammation and protect against chronic disease (like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes).
The antioxidants in green tea also help burn fat, raise your metabolism, and keep you feeling satiated - so, if you're watching your weight, green tea may be a good addition to your overall weight-loss plan.
Green tea can help with stress management, too, by reducing anxiety. This tea is also an effective energy booster - enjoy it regularly to put a spring in your step!
Interested in reading more about how very good green tea is for health and wellness? Drop by our Green Tea Benefits pages.
Many of us aren't familiar yet with the subtle taste of white tea, but this tea, as well, is a healthful addition to your tea stash.
Research tells us that white tea is good for heart health, strengthens bones, and has powerful antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory qualities.
Enjoying white tea regularly can provide protection against rheumatoid arthritis and, if you're already suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, white tea can reduce arthritic swelling, aches, and pains.
Hoping to lose a few pounds? Consider including white tea in your weight-management plan - not only does this tea prevent new fat cells from developing, but it helps to break down fat in existing fat cells, as well.
While research has yet to pinpoint exactly how tea from the Camellia sinensis tea plant promotes health and wellness, tea's beneficial goodness has been linked by many researchers to its high levels of antioxidants, in particular.
Antioxidants are chemical substances that support good health in countless ways - they provide protection against chronic disease (like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes), improve immune system functioning, fight damaging inflammation, reverse the physical signs of aging, and much more.
However it works, tea is good for our physical, mental, and emotional health in so many ways!
From improving heart health, reducing the risk of high blood pressure or diabetes, boosting the immune system, helping to manage weight, improving skin elasticity and complexion, to a plethora of other health and wellness benefits, the tea family is delicious, aromatic, soothing, and, quite simply, good for us.