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Tea Facts and Benefits of Drinking It

By Amy Silva

Tea is the second most enjoyed beverage in the world behind water. There are plenty of options regarding caffeine levels, types of tea and flavors. Some use stronger teas in the morning instead of coffee if they're sensitive to caffeine, others use low caffeine or caffeine-free versions to relax or when they're feeling under the weather. It can be combined with milk or sugar for a sweeter flavor or enjoyed as-is so the natural flavors shine. Tea can be enjoyed hot, cold or iced. Iced tea is a popular choice at home, during summer and when dining out. There is something for everyone when it comes to tea.

Types of Tea

  • Traditional tea - True tea comes from a plant called Camellia sinensis. Black, white, green, oolong and pu-erh are all made from this one plant. They have varying caffeine levels and flavors. These tea types are different because of which part of the plant is used and by how much they are processed. For example, white tea is made from either baby tea leaves with buds, or only the buds, and is then dried in sunlight. Black tea is processed more than other tea varieties. This includes "withering, rolling, oxidation, and drying," according to CupAndLeaf.com.
  • Herbal tea - Herbal teas are not considered tea since they don't come from the same plant, nor do they always contain caffeine. Once the ingredients are infused in hot water, they are what people refer to as herbal teas, or tisanes. They can be made from fruit, such as pieces of apple, blueberry or strawberry for example. Some popular herbal teas include those made from herbs, roots, spices or flowers. If these ingredients are combined with tea, they are no longer caffeine-free, but they do add fun flavors to plain teas.

Benefits of Tea

Depending on the type of tea and how it's prepared and enjoyed, it may provide certain health benefits. As for green tea, studies haves shown this type may lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Another study found those who enjoyed a few cups each day had a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. There have been other studies showing it can have a role in fighting cancer. It may even have an effect on preventing prostate cancer and eliminating oral cancer cells. Herbal teas are thought to help nausea and other issues within the digestive system. Aside from that they are a wonderful choice while relaxing.

The flavors of tea and herbal tea can vary greatly, so try different types and flavors to find out which you enjoy.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Zionsville, Ind.

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