January is National Hot Tea Month. Tea is the second most
widely consumed beverage in the world, next to water. Since temperatures around the country are low,
to say the least, hot tea sounds perfect! Among the types of teas sold, you’re
likely to find black teas, green teas, and herbal teas in any grocery store.
Drinking hot tea doesn’t just warm you up. For many people, the
ritual of drinking tea provides a sense of comfort and relaxation. There are
some health benefits to drinking tea, too.
Black and green teas originate from the same evergreen plant, Camellia sinensis, which can be found in
China, India and other countries. Black teas are oxidized prior to drying,
which darkens the leaves. Green teas are
not oxidized. Both black and green tea contain flavonoids (antioxidants),
which may help reduce inflammation in blood vessels, thus lowering the risk of
cardiovascular disease. There’s also evidence lack tea may lower blood pressure. Black teas tend to have slightly lower amounts of
flavonoids than green teas, but both have plenty of health benefits .
The antioxidants in green
tea may reduce may hinder the growth of several cancers, as well as reduce the
risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Furthermore, studies have shown that people who
regularly consume black, green, and oolong teas have a lower risk of dementia.
Herbal teas may contain herbs,
spices, and other flavorings, but do not contain black or green tea. Herbal
teas with no added sugar can be a tasty way to stay hydrated. Try brewing an
herbal tea when you’d like a beverage other than water. Peppermint, ginger, and
chamomile teas are purported to aid digestion. Also, chamomile may aid in
relaxation and sleep. If you are taking any medications, please review any
possible interactions that may occur when using herbal products.
a cuppa tea!