Tasty and Healthy Teas to Try

Many people love to drink tea. They might drink a cup of hot tea or iced tea each day. Teas contain antioxidants, which fight off cell-damaging free radicals. Tea also has been believed can reduce risk of periodontal disease and makes stronger bones, as well as hearth health and cancer prevention. Herbal teas may confer health benefits as well, though the number and combination of potential ingredients make blanket health statements difficult. Green tea gets all the buzz, but what about other types? Do they offer similar promise? Yes

Black Tea
Leaves are fully fermented to unlock the most intense flavor.
The benefits for health: Lower levels of catechins but higher levels of other polyphenol antioxidants.

White Tea
Made from the buds and leaves of the plant, which are withered and air-dried. Light, slightly sweet flavor.
The benefits for health: Contains high levels of catechins.

Green Tea
Minimally processed leaves are withered and steamed. Tastes closest to the leaf.
The benefits for health: Contains high levels of catechins.

Oolong Tea
Semi-fermented leaves give it medium intensity. Smoky, floral taste.
The benefits for health: Contains a variety of polyphenols, including catechins.

Notes:
In 2007 Purdue University had studied, a squeeze of citrus juice raised the amount of green tea’s catechins absorbed by the body. Catechins are antioxidants, which may help protect against cancer. When tea is consumed on its own, less than 20 percent of the catechins are absorbed, but it would jumps to 80 percent when you add lemon juice.
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