It’s very easy to become confused between different types of tea. As to which tastes better, which contains more of a specific nutrient and which is better for a certain health condition. The reason amongst all the confusion and wonders is because all teas are good for your health.
Tea is one of the best drinks available as they can boost your health and can be consumed by people of all ages and health conditions. Tea is widely available around the world and is a very popular drink in the UAE with many different types of tea available at cafes and retailers. Consuming tea numerous times a day also has belonged to Arab culture for many centuries.
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Tea is commonly known to relax your senses, provide you with nutrients and antioxidants you need and of being low calorie. However, every tea contains its nutrient profile.
This means some may not be so friendly to people of certain age groups or health conditions. Before we can choose which tea is most suitable for us, let’s go through the different types of tea.
Different Types of Tea
1. Green tea
Green tea is one of the most popular, if not the most popular tea available. It is available around the world and extremely popular in countries in the east. Green tea is known for its strong antioxidant profile and medicinal properties. Green tea is the only drink that provides enough caffeine for the body to make use without risking overdose.
Green tea is also known for improving cognitive ability and brain health. Research done by The University Hospital in Switzerland found that healthy people who agreed to consume a soft drink containing 27.5 grams of green tea extract exhibited more intense activity in brain areas linked to working memory.
The study concluded that green tea heightened attentiveness, attention to details, critical judgment, and improved memory. The antioxidants found in green tea are also known to protect the body from free radicals and other health complications.
Green tea is best served on its own, brewed with hot water. It does not mix well with milk or sugar. Matcha tea is a variant of green tea as they are derived from the same plant. In Japanese culture, matcha can be used to make different types of drinks or even as an ingredient for food.
2. Black tea
Black tea is one of the most popular and available teas around the world. It originated from China and has taken over the world. Black tea is one of the best sources of natural antioxidants. Polyphenols are the main types of antioxidants found in black tea.
This is known to improve overall health. Black tea is also known to lower blood cholesterol, help with high blood pressure as well as boost heart and gut health. Black tea is synonymous with preventing a stroke.
The caffeine content in black tea can also serve as a morning ‘pick me up’ as it isn’t as heavy as coffee. Black tea is extremely easy to make. Mixing it with hot water should be enough. Black tea is also one of the very few teas that go terrifically well with milk.
3. Jasmine tea
Unlike green tea or black tea, jasmine tea is a mixture of two different plants. Jasmine tea is a tea beverage that contains green tea at its base. Jasmine flower is then added to the tea to add an aroma and a sweeter fragrance.
The antioxidants in jasmine tea are known to improve heart health as well as to promote better oxygen and blood flow in the body. Jasmine tea may also help boost up your immune system and protect your body from contracting common colds or flu.
What makes jasmine tea a great choice is that it contains all the antioxidant properties you would find in green tea but also has the added medicinal properties from the jasmine flower extracts. The jasmine plant itself has been linked with improved physical well-being as well as enhancing mood and relieving stress and tension built up psychologically.
That is why some researchers have experimented with compounds derived from the jasmine plant in the search for better therapy. The scent of jasmine is commonly used for relaxation for physical and mental therapy.
Multiple studies have shown that even the smell of jasmine can calm senses and significantly impact stress levels. Jasmine tea is often served on its own, brewed with hot water. You can add sugar or sweeteners to make it extra tasty.
Jasmine tea is perfect just before bed as it can help you unwind. Just be sure not to add too much sugar or additives as it can be counter-effective and cause health complications from the sugar content itself.
4. Peppermint tea
Peppermint tea is a herbal tea and is common in most countries around the world. Its strong aroma and refreshing scent and taste work well for people who are sick or enjoy something a little more tangy. Peppermint can improve digestion, blood flow, and bowel health. What’s great about peppermint is that it doesn’t lack in antioxidants.
Peppermint is one of the most ‘go-to’ drink supplements in the world for people suffering from common illnesses or viruses. It’s anticancer and antibacterial properties help in the repair and healing process of the body. Several studies have shown that peppermint herb or oil helps to relieve indigestion, nausea and stomach pain by relaxing muscles in the stomach and soothing discomfort.
This can also help with irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint tea can be served on its own, brewed with hot water. You can also add honey which is known to boost the immune system, or you can even add sugar to counter its strong flavour.
5. Ginger tea
Ginger tea is very spicy in flavour and can be a bit of a challenge to swallow for those who don’t like a bitter hit. For those who like tea that is strong, powerful in flavour to wake up the senses, you can’t go past ginger tea.
Ginger tea is synonymous for improving health in many different ways. It contains an abundance of nutrients and beneficial properties to not only improve health but to fight off bad cells and harmful bacteria that can cause negative health conditions.
Ginger tea is known to boost the immune system, fend off against free radicals and work as a remedy for nausea. This is good for people who often get dizzy, and especially women who are in the early stages of pregnancy. Some studies have also shown that ginger tea can help improve the intensity of period pains.
Multiple studies have also concluded that ginger may help prevent stomach ulcers and relieve indigestion or constipation. Ginger tea can be served on its own, brewed with hot water. You can add the occasional hint of lemon or honey in the cases of common colds or flu.
Other Types of Tea
- Hibiscus Tea
- Chamomile Tea
- Oolong tea
- White Tea
- Rooibos Tea
- Echinacea Tea
- Lemon Balm Tea
- Sage Tea
Which Tea is The Best?
This may sound like a silly question but believe it or not, it’s a common one. And the answer will always be the same. Every tea works best for a specific condition.
If it’s to wake you up in the morning, black tea. If it’s for better sleep and rest, jasmine tea. If it’s for healing illnesses or infections, ginger or peppermint tea should do. If it’s just for overall health, you can’t go wrong with green tea.
However keep in mind, certain health complications or food allergies may mean that some teas may not be compatible and may even cause harm to your body. If you are uncertain on whether it is appropriate for you to drink tea, speak with your medical practitioner first for the best advice on how to incorporate tea into your diet.
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