from the Desk of Kay & Leslie, Founders of Grandparentslink.com
For thousands of years the Eastern world has touted Tea as a key ingredient to good health, happiness, well being and wisdom. Now, researchers in the West are complimenting this fact and encouraging tea consumption as an important component in our diets. They have also found direct links that indicate tea may help with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, digestion, weight loss and lowering cholesterol.
Drink up, but drink smart.
For a little history lesson here, tea is just a name given to a lot of mixed brews; but real champions of tea (the purists) consider that only green, black, white, oolong, and pu-erh tea are the real deal. All of these are derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, the native shrub to China and India, and contain antioxidants called flavonoids. These teas also have a concentration of caffeine and theanine, which affect the brain; thus, contributing to heightened mental alertness. Of course anyone who is affected by caffeine should opt for the decaffeinated form.
Herbal teas have less antioxidants than green, black, white, and oolong teas. Varieties include ginger, chamomile, mint, roobios (red), hisbiscus, gingko biloba, ginseng, echinacea, and rosehip. There is limited research on the health benefits of herbal teas. However, many people claim chamomile is calming, echinacea helps fight the common cold, and hibiscus aids in lowering blood pressure.
There doesn’t seem to be any downside to tea, commented the American Dietetic Association for WebMD (Dec 8, 2012). However, the FDA has issued warnings about so-called dieter’s teas containing senna, aloe, buckthorn, and other plant-derived laxatives. And, cautions against taking supplements that include: comfrey, ephedra, willow bark, germander, lobelia, and chaparral.
Now that you know all this, where does it get you?
Drink up like we said! Since Green Tea is all the rage, ever so popular and easily accessible at a moment’s notice when you are on the run, go ahead and do something good for yourself. And, add any of the aforementioned teas to your regularly balanced diet, (never using tea as a supplement), but integrating at least a cup a day into your routine. Although tea has less caffeine than coffee, it has enough to give you that extra brain boost, and an extra daily charge we all can use in our busy lives, plus all the health benefits to boot.
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