The Health Benefits of Tea

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve no doubt seen lots of tea photos lately.  Yep, I’m on a bit of a tea kick since fighting a nasty cold for the past two weeks.

Tea is so comforting when you are sick!  It’s like a little cup of wellness 🙂  I also love all of the little “tea fortunes” I’m seeing on my teabags, too.  It’s like a fortune cookie (well, without the cookie) in every cup!

Feeling much better today (thank goodness!), so I wanted to share some of the Health Benefits of Tea.  Here’s what some studies have found about the potential health benefits of tea (the following if from WebMD):

Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
White tea: Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
Oolong tea: In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.
Pu-erh tea: Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.  

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