Who’d have thought that so many beverages could be made simply by soaking leaves in hot water? It’s not surprising that tea is the second most commonly consumed drink worldwide (after water) when you consider all of the wonderful tastes and smells that it can produce.
But the sensational delights tea provides are not the only reason to drink it – tea also comes along with many health benefits.
Tea is a mixture of many active molecules that can cause biological effects in the human body. Many of these extracts are very useful in natural remedies and nutrition. Several well-known remedies include tea extracts, as you will find on Reviewy, a website that provides information about several commercially available supplements.
1. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is quite a sweet tasting tea with a pleasant odor. It is best known for its natural calming effects. Its phytochemicals can relax certain tissues and relieve tension and mental stress. Some people drink a cup of chamomile before bed to help them sleep. Scientists have also determined that chamomile tea can fight depression.
Other health benefits of chamomile are being researched such as its ability to reduce inflammation and control metabolism by reducing blood sugar and lipids, and so reducing the risk of developing diabetes type 2 or a cardiovascular disease.
2. Rooibos (Red Bush) tea
Rooibos tea makes its humble home in South Africa. It translates literally to mean “red bush”. It also has a sweet taste and is a favorite in its homeland and many counties worldwide. It is rich in antioxidants, which help to reduce inflammation in the body and lower the risk of developing inflammatory diseases like cardiovascular disease and cancer.
One scientific study also found that rooibos tea can stimulate osteoblasts (bone laying cells) to improve bone growth and bone density, which is especially helpful for women at risk of osteoporosis.
A common natural remedy that it is useful for is a sore throat. Rooibos mixed with lemon and fresh ginger or honey and fresh ginger (depending on taste preferences) helps to relieve a sore throat very effectively.
3. Green Tea
Green tea contains molecules called catechins and a significant amount of caffeine. The catechins are quite effective at inducing weight loss by chemically acting on fat cells and causing them to release their fat stores. Caffeine also has a similar effect. Breaking down fat cells can be quite protective for the liver and can give you more energy. Green tea is also quite rich in antioxidants.
It was also discovered quite a while ago that one of the components of the green tea is able to inhibit an enzyme that is responsible for the growth of the prostate also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy and hyperplasia.
4. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea contains a variety of antioxidants and other biologically active molecules. One of the places in the body affected by peppermint tea is the digestive tract. There is substantial scientific evidence that taking peppermint orally can reduce indigestion, nausea and stomach pain. It also helps to relieve spasms in the intestine, which could be very beneficial for people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Emerging evidence is suggesting that peppermint acts directly on the smooth muscles in the digestive tract and that is how it is able to elicit its effects.
5. Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea is made from flowers instead of leaves and has a distinctly fruity taste with slightly bitter undertones. It is very easy to spot because of its sharp red color. Similarly to other teas it is able to assist in the control of blood lipid levels and also helps to reduce inflammation through antioxidant effects.
Hibiscus tea also helps to reduce the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease by lowering the blood pressure. Many people also use it as a remedy for influenza like illness, although studies on this are limited at the moment.
6. Chai Tea
Chai tea has a very strong pleasant taste. It is a highly fragrant spicy tea, that is now even served as a latte. Chai tea has several components, including cinnamon, cloves and allspice, each with their own health benefits. Chai tea also helps to protect the heart from cardiovascular disease, and can help you to lose weight, especially by suppressing appetite and promoting fat breakdown. At the same time, it may also provide the list of benefits similar to peppermint tea.
There aren’t that many healthy foods that taste great as well, so tea is a wonderful exception. It is one of the most varied health foods available with a large number of health benefits associated with different varieties. Try different combinations and blends to see what works for you and tweak the taste by adding honey or spices. You can also enjoy it hot or cold depending on the weather and how you feel.