Our Tea Guide – Part Three
Friday, 1 May 2015 | Adam
Our guide to tea and what it can do for you.
Since the 18th century tea has been a staple part of the British diet: it is used to help us wake in the morning, as a comfort during stressful periods and as something to help us sleep.
Although traditional breakfast teas or earl grey teas are commonly found in every cupboard of the British home – however the arrival of herbal and fruit teas has flooded the market with a great range of choices. Whilst most tea studies are inconclusive, many people believe in the health properties different types of teas offers.
Continuing our guide to tea, this month we will look at herbal, fruit and green teas to see how they can be used to aid your body and overall health.
Herbal teas are a favourite amongst health nuts; they are simple, effective and often caffeine free or other additives. Popular herbal teas such as peppermint leaves are commonly used to aid digestion, relaxation, and improve good night of sleep. Chamomile tea has been suggested to ease pain and aches, soothe a sore throat, quiet a colicky baby, relieve irritated skin and encourage a full night of sleep.
Recommended for; aiding sleep, relaxation and aiding digestion.
Fruit teas can often be served hot or cold, and are made from either fruit alone or fruits blended with herbs, spices or other teas. You can enjoy both caffeinated and caffeine free fruit teas and they can be enjoyed throughout the day. They tend be more popular during the summer months as they make a perfect Iced Tea.
Fruit teas contain a selection of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that can help aid your body and the lack of caffeine is thought to help strengthen the bones.
Recommended for; high antioxidants and increasing vitamin intake.
Green tea is probably the most famous and most popular type of tea, throughout the world. Green tea was the first type of tea to be introduced to the UK, long before black tea became the favourite. The tea is known for a wealth of health benefits and for it positive effects on the body.
Whilst many tea studies are inconclusive the effects of green tea have been studied in great depth, all over the world. Green tea has been proven to contain various bioactive compounds that can improve health. Compounds in green tea have been found to improve brain function and can make you smarter.
Green tea can increase fat burning and increase physical performance. Antioxidants could lower your risk of cancer of various cancer types as well as lowering your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The tea has also been suggested to lower your risk of Type II Diabetes and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Recommended for; inconclusive studies suggest that green teas prevent certain cancers, reducing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s risk, lowering chance of heart disease and increasing fat burning.
Check our blog again next month to find the fourth instalment in our guide to different teas and what they can do for you.