Okay, so when you’re not feeling too good, a nice cup of tea can warm you from the inside and give you that lift you were looking for. However, something you might not know is that there’s a reason we like to have a soothing pot of happiness before we go to bed and often a different type of tea when we wake up in the morning.
Teas naturally are a cup full of antioxidants. For those of you that might not know, antioxidants (also found in fruits and vegetables) are tiny little compounds that whiz around in the body taking on the not-so-nice free radicals that tend to lead to poor health later on in life; things like cancer, heart disease, parkinsons and so on.
Due to the positive characteristics of tea, including antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, caffeine, theanine and polyphenols, tea has been known to:
- Lower cholesterol when consumed in combination with a healthy diet.
- Reduction in damage to DNA that has been linked to smoking.
- Reduction in the risk of some cancers
- Improve heart health and the health of blood vessels
Each specific tea however, has been said to possess its own unique set of beneficial properties:
With the highest level of caffeine contained in black tea due to the fermentation of the leaves, black tea is the foundation for flavours like chai and other instant teas that are readily available in supermarkets. The antioxidants in black tea have been linked to reducing the likelihood of suffering a stroke, and may also contain healing properties that can protect the lungs from the damage caused by smoking. Have a look at some of our Traditional Teas to find out how you can get onto these little health bundles yourself.
Green tea, which comes from steamed tealeaves, contains an abundance of polyphenols, which have been linked to the protection of cells from the process of oxidative stress (the production of free radicals that can potentially lead to health issues such as cancer, high blood pressure and arthritis). Furthermore, green tea has also been proven to withhold anti-flu virus capabilities, destroying the antibodies that cause such illnesses to occur, which is why often when feeling unwell drinking green tea can be the one thing that picks you up and leaves you feeling much fresher. Combine this with the capability to potentially destroy the bacteria that causes plaque build up on teeth, and you really have found your own liquid miracle! Check out our Green Tea Jasmine or Green Tea Sencha to see what all the fuss is about.
White tea, one of the purest forms of tea available is the least oxidised of teas and has been linked to having the most positive antioxidants, due to the lower amount of fermentation and the less steeping time required for the brewing of the tea. Containing one of the higher amounts of catechins (a potent antioxidant with anti-microbial actions) is also what makes white tea one of the beneficial teas health wise, due to its potential to destroy naturally occurring organisms within the body that cause disease. In addition, white tea also contains less caffeine than other types of tea, again due to the shorter amount of steeping time, which for some buzzing individuals, can also be seen as an added benefit.
Feel a little more re-energised after a couple of sips of Peppermint tea? Well that’s no surprise. Mint leaves, which are found in our Peppermint and Licorice Mint teas, can help to reduce the effects of headaches and menstrual cramps. It is also said to clear air passages and help people with breathing difficulties. Recent studies also show mint has the ability to relieve the drinker of nausea and helping with digestion. Our mint teas are caffeine free, which can give you the kick without the caffeine. A great tea to try if you need a little pick up throughout your day.