World of Tea

After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. You probably know that a wide range of teas are praised for their ability to improve your health and boost your quality of life, but with so many to choose from you may find it difficult to the select the ones that are right for you. Some are perfect for a person who is trying to lose weight, while others are ideal for someone looking to reduce their risk of developing cancer. Read on to discover the top ten teas that will improve your health, and learn which are best suited to your medical needs.
 

Peppermint

Peppermint tea is one of the most powerful remedies for a wide range of digestive problems. It can alleviate painful stomach cramps, reduce bloating, and calm some of symptoms of mild to moderate food poisoning. As a bonus, peppermint tea freshens the breath and kills the bacteria that can cause gum disease.

 


 

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm tea can help to improve your mood, and has been shown to have a slightly beneficial influence on concentration levels. It is a useful alternative for people who cannot consume caffeine. Some nutritionists also believe that lemon balm tea reduces a child’s likelihood of experiencing nightmares (if the tea is consumed before bed).

 


 

Oolong

Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese beverage that is the perfect drink for those who want to improve or preserve the condition of their heart. This health benefit comes from the fact that the tea contains certain types of antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the levels of LDL (or ‘bad’) cholesterol in animals. People who have lower levels of LDL cholesterol are much less likely to suffer from heart attacks and strokes, and are also less likely to develop heart diseases.

 


 

White

White tea is made from only the buds of the tea plant, and it is the tea with the highest amount of antioxidants. Some scientists believe that antioxidants help to protect the body from dangerous free radicals that can cause cancer. In addition, English researchers have recently discovered that white tea is a source of chemicals that can help to keep your skin looking youthful by maintaining its plumpness and elasticity.
 


 

Echinacea

Echinacea tea is a herbal tea that can be helpful if you want to improve the strength of your immune system. It has long been associated with increasing the body’s resistance to viruses and bacteria. In addition, some people swear by echinacea tea as an effective treatment for the main symptoms of the cold virus.
 


 

Chai

Chai tea began as a drink primarily enjoyed by Indian royalty, but it is now inexpensive and available all over the world. It contains cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and fennel, and each of these tasty ingredients can provide a different benefit for your body. Firstly, fennel and cloves are excellent for your digestive health, helping to reduce painful trapped wind, flatulence and intestinal cramps. As a result, chai tea is an ideal choice for someone with irritable bowel syndrome. Secondly, cloves can be helpful to people who have bad breath as the result of medication or a chronic health problem, so chai tea can indirectly boost your social confidence. Thirdly, some studies on blood sugar suggest that cinnamon consumption enhances your body’s ability to keep your blood sugar levels within healthy limits, so chai may also be of use to the diabetic patient or to women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome. Finally, cardamom can help to ease nausea in those who experience motion sickness.
 


 

Green

Green tea is famous for being good for your health, and some of the most popular claims have recently been supported by rigorous studies. Firstly, drinking plenty of green tea is linked with a reduction in your risk of developing cancers of the breast, colon, lung and bladder. Secondly, Japanese researchers have recently revealed that their trials have shown that drinking several cups of green tea each day reduces your chance of suffering from fatal heart disease, making it another good choice for people who want to improve their cardiovascular health. It is suspected that this health benefits come from the polyphenols found in this type of tea. Thirdly, green tea may also be an important addition to your diet in older age, as it helps to keep you mentally sharp by reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Finally, the catechins in green tea can boost your metabolism and make it easier for you to lose more unwanted weight at a faster rate.
 


 

Hibiscus

Hibiscus tea is an excellent choice for people who suffering from problems with high blood pressure, as studies show that drinking just two or three cups per day can reduce both diastolic and systolic blood pressure readings.
 


 

Black

Firstly, all black teas are associated with an increased resistance to the damage caused by cigarette smoke, making them a wise choice for smokers, former smokers and people who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke. Secondly, black tea contains more caffeine than any other type, so it is an extremely useful beverage when you need to be able to focus or want to reduce your tiredness levels. Finally, black tea contains polyphenols, which provide some measure of protection against skin cancers, stomach cancers and esophageal cancers. However, studies on this particular benefit of black tea caution that you need to drink at least four cups every day if you want to protect your body from cancer.
 


 

Ginger

Finally, ginger tea is an invaluable purchase for pregnant women and those who suffer from motion sickness, as it has been proven to reduce nausea and vomiting. One study found that in many cases, ginger tea is a more effective remedy than the main prescription drug used to treat people suffering from seasickness. This excellent property of ginger tea also makes it a good choice as a treatment for the symptoms associated with gastric infections.

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