Just like William Ewart Gladstone once said: “If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.” Worldwide, after water, tea is the second most consumed type of liquid. Its benefits go from lowering heart disease and stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, cancer prevention, weight loss, digestive problems, and skin problems.

Here’s a little guide that will help you see its benefits as well as how to prepare it for a better result.

Heart Disease and Stroke:

  • Black Tea

Recent studies have found that black tea can reduce heart disease risk by over 11 percent and its effects were immediate and lasted over 6 months. Its many benefits include lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, protects blood vessels from inflammation, and blood clotting. It may also prevent lung damage from cigarette smoke exposure.

Make sure the water temperature is at 100°C, its steep time is around 4-6 minutes.

  • Oolong Tea

Comes from the leaves of the Cornellia sinensis plant. Studies have found it may help maintain low cholesterol levels as well as help against cardiovascular disease. It may prevent cancer and help with your bone health and teeth health. Known to contain fluoride, which helps against cavity formation. Water temperature is best at 87.7°C. Leave it for around 5-8 minutes and can be re-steeped up to 3-6 times.

  • Herbal Tea

Made out of dried fruits, flowers or herbs, is known to help lower high blood pressure. Just like black tea, water temperature should be 100° C, make sure you steep it from 5-8 minutes and only re-steep it 1-3 times. This tea is recommended for those that are trying to lower caffeine levels. It is completely caffeine free.

  • Yerba Mate Tea

Made from South American holly tree leaves, it is know to prevent heart attack and stroke as well as other benefits such as allergy prevention and controls hunger cravings. It may increase your mental focus and energy levels, it helps you have a clear mind and soothing properties. It is also known to help with weight loss since it boosts up your metabolism. Best prepared at 85°C, its steep time is around 3-5 minutes and may be re-steeped up to 6 times. Make sure you don´t drink it at night if you have trouble sleeping since it has a moderate amount of caffeine levels.

Cancer prevention:

  • Rooibos Tea

Its origin is from South African fermented red bush leaves that may prevent cancer since it is filled with flavonoids  and antioxidants that help prevent cancer and aging process. It also increases metabolism and helps with weight loss as well as keeping your skin soothe and pimple free. Water temperature should be at 100°C. Steep time should be from 4-6 minutes and can be re-steeped up to 3 times. Just like herbal teas, it is caffeine free so won´t keep you up at night.

  • Green Tea

Made from steamed tea leaves is known by many to prevent cancer growth, but is also helpful against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Water temperature should be from 65.6° to 71.1°C. Leave it to steep for up to 4 minutes, re-steep up to 5 times.

  • White Tea

Made out of unfermented and uncured tea leaves, with the strongest anti-cancer potential out of all the teas particularly protection against colon cancer, lung and skin cancer. Be sure the water temperature is around 79.4° to 82.2°C and not to steep it over 6 minutes. Re-steep it up to 5 times.

References:

  • https://blogs.womensbest.com/blog/types-teas-amazing-health-benefits/
  • https://www.fix.com/blog/types-of-tea-and-their-benefits/
  • https://beleaveteas.com/blog/best-teas-to-drink-for-your-health/
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