Types of Tea and Their Health Benefits

by Lala

I absolutely love tea and I always have a pot of either rooibos or green tea on my desk at work to keep me going through the day. Being a South African, I was raised on rooibos and I’ve introduced it to my 10 month old baby boy (sugarless). Another favorite tea of mine is Yerba Maté, which I used to find very easily a few years ago in most stores. I used to for alertness and to boost my weightloss efforts at the time. Tea is often a perfect alternative for giving me a mid afternoon boost without all that shakiness one can get from a cup of joe.

I would love to grow my own Camelia Sinensis in the garden, which is the tea plant. I have two very old, very beautiful Camelia Japonica trees growing next to the pool. They are closely related to the tea plant and can be used to make tea as well. I looked up some other gardeners’ and tea lovers’ experiences online and decided to try it for myself. I may post about it at some point. I managed to make some amazing, organic & flavourful tea from my own plants! The aroma knocked my socks off.

I found this awesome infographic & article from Fix.com about different types of tea and their benefits. It’s a fun read and very educational. Share this with your tea loving friends:

It is believed that tea leaves have been steeped in water and enjoyed as a hot beverage since as early as 1000 BC in China. Ever since, tea has stuck around as a fan favorite, largely due to the soothing experience of sipping a hot cup of tea, but also because of the unexpected health benefits that different types of tea offer. Read our tea guide to find out the individual benefits of green tea, oolong tea, and more! You may find that your tea of choice offers an unexpected benefit.

If you’re looking to prevent risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s, green tea may help to protect you while oolong tea may be able to help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. If your goal is to achieve weight loss, try drinking yerba mate tea, as it can quell hunger cravings and also may increase calories burned throughout the day.

One of the largest benefits of drinking tea, from an economical standpoint, is the ability to re-steep it multiple times. Some teas re-steep better than others. For quick reference: oolong, yerba mate, and white tea can be re-steeped up to 5 or 6 times each. Stay away from black tea if you plan to re-steep, as it does not retain flavor well. Be sure to refer to our guide when re-steeping tea to find out how many times you can do it, as tea is the gift that keeps on giving!

Source: Fix.com

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