Medicinally Beneficial Tea Brews

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  1. Green Tea

unfermented tea leaves, scientists at the University of Maryland Medical Center crown it as the brew with the most potent concentration of polyphenol antioxidants, which fight free radicals, damage DNA, and cause aging, cancer, and stroke, heart disease.

  1. Oolong Tea

According to several Japanese studies, if you want healthier teeth and bones, sip oolong tea. Even WebMD.com links oolong brew to the prevention of tooth decay and the prevention of tartar on tooth enamel. This is why many Japanese dentists recommend slurping oolong tea for teeth and gum health. In addition, oolong has been linked to decreased bone deterioration, particularly osteoporosis, in women.

  1. Black Tea

Naturally caffeinated black tea, made from aged leaves of the camellia sinesis plant, is high in antioxidants that have a positive dilating effect on our hearts and blood vessels. This is why several studies have linked black tea to improved mental alertness, memory, and for soothing headaches. Research from the Cleveland Clinic claims that when black tea is paired with analgesics (i.e., aspirin or acetaminophen) it can improve their effectiveness by up to 40-percent.

 

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  1. Rooibos Tea

This comforting, low caffeine, nutty-flavored tea from South Africa has been celebrated by several research institutions, including the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, for its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular health benefits. The reasoning—rooibos tea is high in the antioxidant polyphenols aspalathin and nothofagin, which can block angiotensin-converting enzymes, and in turn, boost cardiovascular health.

  1. Hibiscus Tea

If you’re a fan of the color of deep, red in your mug, hibiscus tea will be both a visually pleasing and palate-pleasing brew. Research from Seattle’s Bastyr Center for Natural Health, at Bastyr University’s teacher center, claim that patients with high hypertension can experience decreased blood pressure by drinking hibiscus tea daily.

 

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