Steep in the health benefits of tea. 123RF, Ivan Kruk
Steep in the health benefits of tea
Like most of your office mates, you have probably made your mid-morning trek down the hall to the break room for that second cup of coffee to perk yourself up. Day after day, you will make the trek for the hot and (hopefully) fresh cup of brewed beans. But there is an alternative.
Tea offers the similar benefit of caffeine as coffee, plus a whole lot more. Each type of tea has a unique personality, ranging in caffeine levels, taste and added health benefits.
If you are looking to replace your coffee habits or are in need of a mid-day pick-me-up, try green tea. Green tea is on the higher end of the caffeine scale. It is the perfect drink to get you to power through the rest of the workday. It is also great for your skin, because it is loaded with antioxidants. It has been shown to help with weight loss.
Black tea is one of the most common types of tea. It contains significant levels of caffeine and theophylline―both of which make you feel more alert and increase heart rates. A study conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine discovered black tea assists in reducing cardiovascular disease. In addition, black tea offers antioxidants. Studies have also shown that black tea lowers the risk for diabetes, kidney stones and high cholesterol.
With cold and flu season in full swing, sore throats and fevers are bound to happen. Try chamomile tea to soothe your flu symptoms, especially a sore throat. This flowery tea will coat your esophagus and quell irritation. Chamomile is also a favorite to calm nerves and relax the body in general.
Do you feel like your lunch is staring to fight back? Mint contains the ability to soothe indigestion and relieve heartburn. Another health benefit that mint offers for post-lunch time is that it freshens your breath. In addition, if you struggle with allergies or congestion, mint knocks out these symptoms as well. Mint contains rosmarinic acid, which helps tame seasonal allergies.
On the spicier side, cinnamon is a nifty option if you are feeling chilly. Cinnamon tea boosts your metabolism and cleans up your digestive track, so it is an option to incorporate into your diet if you are trying to lose weight. Also, cinnamon tea improves circulation. Its variety of antioxidants provides anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial benefits as well.
One thing to know is that there is a difference in regular and herbal teas. Regular tea, such as green and black, contains Camellia sinensis. Herbal tea does not. Herbal tea is an infusion herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, roots, leaves and fruit. While all tea does have health benefits, one of the major differences between regular and herbal teas are the caffeine level. If you are looking for more energy, lean toward green and black. For a more relaxing and calming tea, brew a cup of herbal tea.