Types of Tea and Their Health Benefits

If you are a foodie and passionate cook, just like me, you are sure to enjoy trying out unusual recipes and experimenting with a range of ingredients. As you can see from my website, I try to cook everyday for my family; I often take a simple recipe and put my own unique twist on it to make it more exciting and different.

As well as cooking, I sometimes make my own tea; you may have read my article about the oregano tea which I made for my daughter to soothe her sore throat. If you enjoy nothing more than relaxing on the sofa with a game of foxy bingo and sipping on a freshly brewed mug of tea, then did you know that tea actually has a lot of excellent health benefits?

Some of the healthiest and most beneficial teas include green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea and pu-erh tea. Their leaves are plucked from the Camellia sinensis plant, which is a shrub native to China and India. These herbal teas are famed for containing high levels of antioxidants and flavonoids. They are thought to reduce the amount of free radicals in the body and may even reduce the risk of developing cancer. Let’s see what great health benefits some of these herbal teas have.

Green tea

Green tea is packed full of antioxidants which is great for your skin. In addition, green tea boosts your metabolism and has fat burning capabilities. It’s also thought that it can reduce the growth of some cancers such as lung, stomach, pancreatic and colorectal.

Black tea

This type of tea is made from fermented tea leaves and is used as the base for flavored teas like chai tea. It’s thought that black tea could protect the lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke.

White tea

Studies have shown that white tea – which is uncured and unfermented – has the most potent anticancer properties.


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