Friday, December 07, 2012
Many of you here know I'm a tea drinker..I really drink it all day long..decaf in the afternoons but mostly like my different black teas. I don't particularly like green tea unless it is green tea jasmine. But Green tea is a super-healthy beverage, linked to a lower risk of cancer and diabetes, and chamomile tea has long been used to soothe unsettled stomachs, but they’re not the only brews with a healthy upside.
Chamomile taste lovely alone as it has a hint of honey about it but to add a touch of honey and milk in the evenings adds to the sleep inducing power it has. Passionflower tea may help with sleep also. A study published in the August 2011 issue of Phytotherapy Research found people who drank a cup of passionflower tea about an hour before bed reported a better night’s sleep than those who drank a placebo beverage.
People who drank 20 ounces of plain black tea daily over 15 weeks improved markers of heart health and decreased their fasting blood glucose, lowering their risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in Preventive Medicine in May 2012. Researchers think the catechins in black tea help keep your heart healthy by lowering triglycerides (fatty compounds found in your blood) and arming your body with antioxidants (which fight cell-damaging free radicals). With more caffeine than other teas, black tea may also help keep you on your toes. In another study, people given a cup of black tea were more focused and accurate at detailed tasks
Drinking just 1 to 2 cups of oolong daily was linked to a lower stroke risk compared to nontea drinkers (it took more than 6 cups of green tea to see the same protective effects). And even just ˝ cup per day may lower your risk of high blood pressure, reported a review study in the August 2011 issue of Pharmacological Research.
Rooibos Tea is made from the leaves of the rooibos bush, this red-colored herbal tea may be a heart protector. People at risk of developing heart disease (read: high cholesterol, blood pressure and/or body mass index) significantly lowered their triglycerides and “bad” LDL cholesterol and raised their “good” HDL cholesterol by drinking 6 cups of the tea daily over six weeks, says research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
So no matter what kind of tea your drink..you are drinking it to your health.