It’s not exactly brand new information- tea is good for you. Nor is it an unpopular opinion, as more and more of us are drinking tea, in many forms and flavors, every day. However, if you’re new to tea drinking, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the different options presented to you, from standard green tea to more “advanced” selections like oolong and pu-erh teas. Not to worry, we’ve put together a small summary of a few of the teas that are most common and that you should definitely give a try.
This type of tea comes from steamed tea leaves, and is probably the most popular type of tea, for good reason! Not only does green tea taste great, it also does a ton of good for your body in many different ways. The antioxidants found in green tea help to prevent bladder, stomach, breast, lung, pancreatic and colorectal cancers. The nutrients in green tea can also help in fat burning, prevent the blocking of arteries, and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as stroke. After learning the many positive effects listed out, it’s hard to imagine a good reason to not add a cup of green tea to your day.
The leaves that make white tea are uncured and unfermented, and is known for possibly having the strongest defense against cancer-causing agents when compared to other teas. White tea also does great things for your overall oral and skin health, with some studies even suggesting that it can assist with weight loss.
Coming from fermented tea leaves, black tea contains its own set of health benefits that rivals even those of green and white tea. It reduces the risk of stroke, promotes bone health and helps prevent arthritis. Some researchers claim that black tea can even help reduce lung damage that originates from exposure to cigarette smoke.
Oolong & Pu-erh Teas
Less known than the previous teas (though no less effective in helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle), oolong and pu-erh teas are great to try if you’re looking to switch things up. Both these teas are known for helping to lower cholesterol, as well as help to regulate metabolism and prevent weight gain.
As you can see, even the most common types of tea are packed with tons of incredibly healthy benefits. Just make sure to stay away things such as “instant-teas,” as many of them actually contain very little natural tea ingredients. Stick to tea made from organic ingredients. Also, avoid adding in sugars or artificial sweeteners (with the exception of Stevia) to ensure that your healthy tea stays that way!