You’re gonna want to swap out that Americano for a cup of tea. While many of us are coffee drinkers, tea is kind of… slept on. Tea has a litany of benefits, such as antioxidants, lower concentrations of caffeine, and help with the digestive system. The history of tea dates back to Ancient China, about 5,000 years ago. Emperor Shen Nung discovered tea when leaves from a nearby tree blew into his pot of boiling water. He allowed it to brew; he was delighted with the smell and taste of this newfound concoction. Since then, China has produced a multitude of beneficial teas that are known for their benefits, taste, and smell. Let’s explore these beneficial Chinese teas…
Spilling the Tea on Major Benefits
One of Chinese Tea’s most popular benefits? It’s super anti-inflammatory. It’s filled with polyphenols, which can reduce the risks of heart disease.
Antioxidants, especially in green tea, have shown to improve endurance by fueling your energy during exercise by allowing your body to burn more fat.
Help Aid Bone Loss
Green tea can aid in bone density, as well as bone strength.
Brain Power Boost
Chinese tea is said to ward off neurodegenerative diseases, such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Types of Chinese Teas
White tea is known for its anti-aging properties, such as promoting healthy, smooth skin. It’s derived from dried leaves from the Camilla Sinensis tea bush.
Green tea is definitely the most popular, widespread tea; this is the one that’s likely sitting in your cupboard right now. It’s helpful in reducing risks of heart-related conditions. It is recommended to drink green tea either early in the morning or later at night.
Oolong tea is known specifically for its sleep benefits, but it’s also great for lowering blood pressure, reducing risks associated with the brain, and aiding in improving gut health.
Due to the unique oxidation process, black tea has *incredible* antioxidants, which help combat free radicals (such as buildup of plaque in the arteries).
Drinking tea, especially unsweetened, can have an array of health benefits that are easy to incorporate into your daily life. Chinese teas have simple flavors and palates. Drinking a warm cup of green tea in the morning can allow you to start your day on the right foot. Finishing your day with some oolong tea can help set your intentions for a good night’s rest. Having a warm beverage is often linked to feeling relaxed and clear minded.
Let us know which of these beneficial Chinese teas is your favorite (and how it makes you feel internally and externally) at @yourherelive.