Since ancient times, tea has been bringing good health, happiness, and wisdom in the East. This caught the attention of many researchers in the West and are eager to discover the many health benefits of different types of teas. Studies have shown that some teas may help the prevention of chronic diseases such as metabolic health disease, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.
Although you may have a lot of questions about how long tea needs to be steeped for the most benefit, and how much you need to drink, any tea is a good tea. However, brewed teas are more recommended than the bottled ones because they have less calories and sugar content. So, which tea is the best for you?
Here are the 5 teas for a healthier life:
1. Black Tea
Black tea is the most well-known variety of tea for sleep, which accounts for about 75 percent of global tea consumption. Like most teas, it’s made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which are typically rolled and fermented, then dried and crushed. Black tea has a slightly bitter flavor and contains the highest level of caffeine. Instead of grabbing a hot latte in the morning, a warm cup of black tea can be an awesome substitute to get you throughout the day.
Other popular black teas include chai tea infusions and British breakfast teas such as Earl Grey. It offers citrusy spin on traditional black teas that feature bold flavors and potent aromas. Chai tea is a popular spiced tea made from cardamom, pepper, ginger and cinnamon.
Black tea has high concentrations of antioxidant compounds, which have been linked to lower levels of cholesterol. Research has shown that people who drink three or more cups of black tea daily may cut their risk of stroke by 21 percent.
2. Green Tea
Green tea is known to be the daily elixir of Japanese, for its health and restorative properties. Drinking green tea has been a part of traditional Japanese culture that has been passed on from generation to generation. Green tea leaves are harvested and then withered in order to reduce moisture content. After that, the leaves are then pan fried or steamed at high temperatures to induce drying.
However, if you don't enjoy the floral yet tangy taste of herbal teas, decaf green tea is a great alternative when it comes to getting ready for bedtime and jump into your super king size mattress. Don’t forget to use waterproof mattress protectors to add into your healthy lifestyle.
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Matcha, genmaicha and sencha green teas are the popular varieties of Green Tea. Sencha green tea is the most popular tea in Japan and typically consumed in loose leaf varieties. Matcha tea is made by grinding the green tea leaves into a fine powder before adding hot water. Genmaicha is a unique Japanese blend that combines green tea leaves with roasted grains such as brown rice.
As one of the least processed types of tea, green tea has high levels of anti-aging and bioactive compounds that can fight free radicals, protecting cells and molecules from damage.
As it provides a soothing and relaxing effect on the brain, sipping fresh calming teas reminds us to slow down and breathe. With less caffeine than coffee, green tea is a great alternative to increase alertness without getting the caffeine nerves.
3. Oolong Tea
Oolong tea is called 'wulong tea' in China and had been consumed for centuries. Leaves are harvested and undergo a process of withering, rolling, short-term oxidation and drying. It’s similar to black tea but it goes through a shorter fermentation process, which gives it a richer taste. It is a semi-oxidized tea with a flavor profile that is stronger than white tea, but milder than black tea. It’s kind of in between green and black tea.
It may aid in weight loss. Oolong activates an enzyme responsible for dissolving triglycerides, the form of dietary fat that’s stored in fat cells. One study showed that women who drank oolong tea burned slightly more calories over a two-hour period than those who drank only water.
4. White Tea
White tea is produced through picking them when they’re very young buds that have been left to wither. As a result, white tea has a much milder and more delicate flavor than any other variety, not to mention fewer amount of caffeine – about 15 milligrams per cup.
White loose tea contains a very high in antioxidants than tea in bags because the leaves are less processed. Although it is usually a bit more expensive than other teas, it’s totally worth the investment knowing the benefits that it offers.
White tea is another health multitasker. It offers the same potential cardiovascular and cancer-fighting benefits as other teas. Research suggests that it may offer benefits to people with diabetes.
5. Herbal Tea
Technically, herbal teas are not teas at all as they don’t have any tea in them. They’re infusion of dried fruits, flowers, plant leaves, seeds and herbs. If you can’t tolerate caffeine but love to have a good cup of warm beverage, herbal teas are the perfect choice for you.
Many herbal teas have additional chemical compounds that resolve sleep problems to help you rest easier. You might be thinking, “Is 6 hours of sleep enough for me to be productive throughout the day?” Unfortunately, the answer is no. Sleep deprivation can intensely affect not just your daytime productivity but also your mental health. Consider taking a warm bath before bed, drinking a hot cup of soothing liquid with herbs for sleep so you can fix your sleep cycle.
Here are the herbal teas that can help you have a good night's sleep:
Chamomile tea is probably the most well-known sleepy time tea and near the top of any bedtime tea list. A few sips and you can ensure a tranquil night with no more tossing and turning to find the perfect sleeping positions.
Chamomile tea is a great beverage to have on hand before bedtime due to its calming nature. This tea has been used for centuries as part of traditional medicine to treat anxiety, insomnia and relieve stress. Its flavor profile is described as earthy and grounded with finishing notes that are sweet and floral.
Passionflower tea is derived from both fresh and dried leaves of Passiflora incarnata plant. This tea has a mild taste that is vegetal, floral and earthy green. Passionflower tea contains a flavone commonly found in honey that induces calm and soothes muscles to increase mental repose.
Passionflower tea offers a sweet, floral way to alleviate sleep disorders and get better quality sleep. Consume 1 cup each evening before bed to reap the sleep benefits of passionflower tea.
Lavender tea is infused from the flower petals and buds of Lavandula angustifolia plant. Lavender tea has a flavor profile of sweet, mild and light. Also, it is a popular scent that is legendary for calming your senses before climbing into bed with a waterproof mattress protector from Nectar.
Lavender is used in everything from bath salts to aromatherapy to induce feelings of peace and calmness. This tea is a great way to settle down after a busy day and prepare for a more restful sleep.
To reap these benefits, simply drink a cup of lavender tea before bed and make sure to take time to inhale the aroma and fragrance with each sip.
Strictly follow the instructions. They were included for a reason.
Pay attention to temperature. Most black teas are fine to pour boiling water on immediately but green tea needs the water to be ‘off the boil’.
For Black and Oolong Teas: If the required temperature on the box says 100 degrees, pour the boiling water straight onto your tea bag or tea infuser.
For Green Tea and White Tea: If the ideal temperature on the box says 80 degrees, pour the boiling water into your empty mug or pot. Add a splash of cold water to cool it slightly then put your tea bag or tea infuser. By following these steps, it will stop you from ‘burning’ your green tea and making it taste all bitter and nasty.
Use a timer. Set a timer while steeping your tea to achieve your preferred richness. For instance, some people have forgotten mug of tea that's been steeping for 30 minutes because they were too busy playing with their pets in their soft southern rugs. A drinkable tea shouldn’t be your goal for every cup.
If you drink to be healthy: 2 minutes, 30 seconds to 5 minutes
If you drink tea because it tastes good: 1 to 3 minutes
Use loose leaf tea when you can. Loose leaf tea usually consists of whole leaves, while most tea bags are filled with broken pieces of tea leaves called dust, which have more subtle flavors and infuse fewer antioxidants than whole leaves, no matter how long you let them steep.