Now that the temperature outside is dropping, it’s time to warm your body up with healthy hot tea. There are so many choices though, so how do you know which to choose and what the health benefits will be?
Chamomile tea is an ancient natural remedy with countless health benefits. Research shows that the antioxidants in chamomile tea may help stunt the growth of cancer cells and prevent diabetes side effects such as kidney and nerve damage, and loss of vision. Chamomile tea is made from the flowers of the chamomile plant.
Black tea accounts for 75% of global tea consumption. This tea has a slightly bitter flavor and the highest amount of caffeine among teas. Black tea has high concentrations of the antioxidant compounds known as theaflavins and thearubigins, which have been linked to lower levels of cholesterol.
White tea has a much milder flavor than its counterparts. White tea is another health multitasker. It offers the same potential cardiovascular and cancer-fighting benefits as other teas, says Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Association of the USA, in New York City.
Ginger tea is great digestive aid. Ginger can be used to ease nausea or upset stomach due to motion sickness. Make fresh ginger tea by simmering a piece of ginger root on the stove for ten to fifteen minutes. Add lemon juice and honey when you have a winter cold for a powerful germ-fighting combination.
No matter which flavor tea you choose to drink, you will be doing your body a favor. Not only does hot tea in the cold winter warm you up, each tea provides its own unique set of benefits.