After water, the second most popular drink in the world is tea. Tea has been consumed by mankind since the 10th Century BC. Its cooling, astringent and slightly bitter flavor is appreciated around the world. The best way to drink tea for health is the natural infusion way, without milk or sugar.
Herbal, or ‘erbal’ as the Americans mispronounce the word, is usually infusions made without the tea plant, or Camellia sinensis. Herbal teas are often made of other plants, such as Rosehip, Chamomile or fruit based teas. Herbal teas are also referred to as herbal infusions or ‘tisane’.
Green Tea Is Best
Green tea is considered beneficial to one’s health, and longevity especially for the elderly and those prone to stroke, cognitive impairment and osteoporosis. It contains significant antioxidants, flavanols, flavonoids and polyphenols, all of which are very good for you. Having said that, all teas are good for health. Some taste nicer mixed with milk and sugar or lemon and sugar, others with honey. None of those mixers are bad for the system and even sugar, in moderation and dairy fat such as milk are fine.
What’s In Tea?
Tea leaves contain 700 chemicals, but don’t let the word ‘chemicals’ worry you. Those chemicals include good things for you like amino acids, vitamins C, E and K, caffeine (in moderation it is a good thing, as are most things, in moderation) and polysaccharides. Drinking tea helps cell-mediated immune functions and improves intestinal microflora and protects the intestines against all sorts of disorders. There is naturally occurring fluorine to aid the teeth and tea lowers blood pressure and aids the heart, preventing coronary heart disease and fighting diabetes.
Weight Loss Teas
Some teas aid weight loss by themselves while others work well in conjunction with quality supplements.Both green and black teas contain antioxidants that include catechins that have anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic and anti-tumoric properties. So drink lots of tea and stay healthy.