Tea isn’t just for British folks or for when you’re feeling under the weather. There’s more to it than just “sweet” or “unsweet.” Some types of tea can soothe your body and mind, and others can energize you. There’s a tea to fit every need, but which one is right for you? Here are the benefits of the most common teas.
It is often suggested to drink a piping hot cup of tea to unwind, but why? All teas contain an important amino acid called L-theanine that helps calm our nervous systems. When combined with caffeine, it lessens the jittery effect that coffee may have on some individuals. L-theanine is used to treat anxiety and high blood pressure – both symptoms of drinking too much caffeine. For caffeine-sensitive people, tea might be the answer to waking up in the morning.
When Texans think of tea, they often think of a tall glass filled to the rim with ice and a slice of lemon. While refreshing, iced tea isn’t the only way to enjoy black tea. Black tea, consumed hot or cold, can boost your energy levels with a dose of caffeine. Black tea is recommended for diabetics because it helps to control blood sugar. It also curbs appetite, and combined with its blood sugar regulating property it makes a great option for anyone trying to lose weight.
Green tea, like black tea, provides a small zap of energy without the coffee crash thanks to L-theanine. Unlike black tea, green tea is proven to soothe inflammation and pain. A daily cup of green tea can help those with arthritis or other inflammatory diseases. Green tea is a great addition to any diet due to its ability to boost metabolism and balance cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Green tea contains antioxidants that may reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. It is also proven to help memory and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and even Parkinson’s by nurturing healthy brain cells and repairing already damaged cells. If you’re new to drinking tea, green tea is a great place to start.
Stomach trouble is a common complaint that can be soothed with a cup of tea. Next time you eat too much or have the stomach flu, take a look in the kitchen before you dig in the medicine cabinet for a bottle of pink syrup. For bloating or upset stomach, any tea can be soothing. However, some herbal teas have been proven to be the most helpful. For the worst of tummy troubles, sip on ginger tea. Ginger root can help with indigestion, stomach pains, and especially nausea. Peppermint and chamomile tea both relax the stomach muscles to help soothe bloating and gas build up.
Coffee may seem to prevail over tea in our society, but tea is the most consumed beverage in the world aside from water. Unlike your morning cappuccino, the right cup of tea can wake you up or help you go to sleep. It might just make you a “tea”liever.