To the best and most healthy teas
I am a huge tea drinker. I used to be a huge coffee drinker but I gave that up over 35 years ago. I switched to tea and have never regretted it. Nothing soothes me more than a wonderful warm cup of healthy tea. There is no other beverage in the world more popular. And few things are more relaxing then enjoying a good cup of tea while knowing there are so many health benefits.
Some of the benefits touted by a number of teas are reduced risk of various diseases as well as lowering cholesterol and improving mental focus. It’s unfortunate that these benefits do not always outweigh the harmful chemicals that can be found in many tea brands and even in many tea bags. And “organic” does not always mean its free from it either because other countries have different standards than the US for their organic products.
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Benefits of a Few Popular Teas
Green tea is probably the best known for a wide variety of benefits because it’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. And it’s rich in polyphenols that have effects like reducing inflammation.
Green Tea contains a lot of EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) which has been studied and found to be helpful with various disease. There are also small amounts of minerals found in Green tea which is just one more plus.
While most green tea does contain caffeine, it’s not nearly as much as coffee. However, drinking green tea in the morning or early in the day can be beneficial.
NOTE: Teas with caffeine include Green, Black and White teas.
Green tea also has the amino acid L-theanine which is part of the reason it can help to reduce stress. And, it is said that L-theanine combined with the caffeine can improve memory. Plus – The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses, thus lowering the risk of infection.
Chamomile is another very popular tea that is said to contain many health benefits. The best known, of course, is reducing stress and inducing calm. On top of the calming affects it is also said to possess anti-spasmodic, antibacterial and anti-coagulant properties. But there’s more. It is believed to combat insomnia, fight migraine headaches, aid in relaxing the digestive system, help with diarrhea, aid with stomach and menstrual cramps and help with nausea.
Turmeric Tea is one of my favorites and I drink it nearly every day. I especially like a mix of Turmeric teas. Benefits were known long ago and modern medicine is now realizing all the potent health benefits of the herb – Turmeric.
Among the health benefits to turmeric tea may be to enhance bone and joint health, aid in clearing acne, alleviate pain from arthritis, aid in the prevention of hardening of arteries, work to help stop the formation of gallstones, and even work to prevent Alzheimer’s and kill cancer cells.
Peppermint tea contains a load of nutrients. Among them an impressive list of vitamins and minerals, such as: vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene, manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and copper.
Some of peppermint tea benefits may be: Reduce muscle aches and chronic pain, clear congestion and cough, fight stress, aid in digestion, reduce nausea, and aid with diverticulitis.
Hibiscus Tea is another personal favorite of mine. It’s rich in vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants. Because it contains hibiscus protocatechuic acid, it is said to have anti tumor and antioxidant properties. It also had antibacterial properties.
Of the many benefits of hibiscus tea, it is best known for its ability to reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and inflammatory issues.
We do not want toxins in our tea. One of the most toxic chemicals has been Endosulfan. This pesticide has been found to cause poisoning and sometimes even fatal. Another one was Monocrotophos. Also very toxic. This one has been banned in the US along with several other countries.
There have been some tea bags that are treated with a plastic that is meant to keep the tea bag from breaking. It is called epichlorahydrin. This can break down in water, thus, being released into the drink.
Rather than dwelling on those with a lot of un-healthy things — lets take a look at some of the safest organic teas.
The Top 7 Organic Tea Brands..
Numi Organic Tea: Is pesticide-free and non-GMO verified. The tea bags are made from manila hemp cellulose, and free of epichlorohydrin. The tags are made from 100% recycled material and soy-based inks.
Stash Tea: No bleach is used. No epichlorohydrin.
Traditional Medicinals: Teas are put into unbleached bags made from abacá (Musa textilis), also sometimes known as manila hemp. The tea bags are attached with aluminum staple wire to teabag string made of raw cotton and a paper tea tag.
Choice Organic Tea: Non-GMO Project Verified. Unbleached, natural fiber, staple-free tea bags, and 100% recycled paperboard printed with plant-based ink.
Yogi Tea: Use a non-heat seal-able filtration paper made from a select blend of high quality manila hemp (abaca) fibers and wood pulp. The paper does not contain epichlorohydrin, nor plastic or polypropylene.
Rishi Tea: (Loose Leaf and sachets) Organic certified teas and herbs, grown without the use of agro-chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers. Biodegradable sachets made with Natural Fiber without glue or any other binding agent.
Pukka Tea: Plastic-free tea bag comes in its own recyclable envelope. Pukka tea is Organic, Use Pharmaceutical Grade Herbs and Certified B Corporation.
If your a die hard Loose Leaf’er then you will want to try Golden Moon. I have used several of their delicious teas and can say from experience.. YUM.
Golden Moon website: Golden Moon Tea is now the only tea company in the United States to completely avoid all pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and “natural” flavor sprays. This means that we are 100% PURE. We never add any impurities.
I have personally used all of the above brand of tea with the exception of Pukka Tea. I guess I need to try it.
A very informative and extensive website on Tea Benefits is TEA BENEFITS.COM
Linda Carlson – Certified Nutrition & Wellness Counselor (retired) with 25+ years background.
Disclaimer This article is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide or replace medical advice.