By Bunmi Sofola
Do you know how beneficial that your must-have cup of morning tea is? According to nutritionists, tea can improve your health. For a happy head for instance, black tea, the kind you will find inside ordinary tea bags, contains an amino acid that helps increase feel-good hormones in the brain such as scrotonin and dopamine. It works by bringing stress hormone levels back to normal while boosting concentration. It also helps combat the symptoms of PMT.
Herbal teas—made from plants—aren’t technically teas, but herbal infusions. However, they still have lots of health benefits. Lavender is known for its calming, anti-anxiety properties, and echinacea is used to boost the immune system. Tea is a natural source of fluoride which helps strengthen tooth enamel. It may also prevent the build-up of plaque on teeth, as long as you don’t add sugar. Black teas have been shown to help reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Studies suggest that drinking three cups of tea a day can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
For curing runny nose, white tea—made from the buds rather than the leaves of the tea plant—has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Tea Horse has a delicious blend with herbs such as lemon verbena, lemon grass and echinacea, which boost the immune system. It’s the perfect light, citrussy antidote to a cold.
For great skin, tea is full of antioxidants called catechins. Three cups of green tea have eight times more antioxidants than one apple. By using loose leaves, you’ll get even higher levels. These antioxidants help fight the signs of ageing, and protect against skin damage. For all-round wellbeing, there is evidence that the catechins in green tea fight cancer calls, reduce the risk of diabetes and protect against brain diseases. Green tea also boosts energy. The catechins in green and oolong teas (oolong is a type of Chinese tea) are believed to speed up metabolism which—combined with a healthy diet and exercise—could help weight loss.
For a bloated tummy, mint helps digestion and soothes the stomach, which is great after a big meal or if you’re feeling queasy.