Healthy Living with TEA
When it comes to health and beauty, tea is a beverage of choice. And there is quite a variety of teas, each with its own benefits.
Green tea for example contains EGCG, the most studied and active polyphenol anti-oxidant. Population based studies, according to the University of Maryland Medical center, indicate that green or black tea can reduce heart attack risk by 11% with consumption of 3 cups a day. Research also indicates that green tea lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol, as well as lowers the risk of some cancers. It also helps better manage Type 2 Diabetes. 1
Black, green, and oolong tea contain L-theanine, a component in tea that has a calming effect on the nervous system. It helps to neutralize anxiety.2 For those who drive in traffic, have the pressures of the work deadlines, kids to pick up, and bills to pay (which I think describes most of us), black, green or oolong tea can bring relief.
Dandelion tea offers multiple benefits. It is well known for it's diuretic effect (gets rid of excess water). It also helps to cleanse bladder, liver, and kidneys. On the picture, I am showing the dandelion tea I drink with my husband. I make it with mint and rose buds, and add a few drops of stevia to taste.
Chamomile tea improves mood, sleep, and lowers anxiety, according to a 2011 study published in the journal, European Neuropsychopharmacology. 3
Anti-infammatory effects of tea are also of note. Green tea, turmeric tea, ginger tea, tart cherry tea, are all a healthy addition to your meals.4
Caution: consult your physician for any interactions with your medications and if contra-indicated for you medical condition.