The Health Benefits of Tea
For centuries people have been preparing and drinking tea. Not just for enjoyment, tea has also been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. While modern medicine may dismiss many of the claims, there are several teas which still hold true health benefits.
During World War II British pilots of the Royal Air Force ate bilberry jam to improve their night vision. Today Bilberry tea is used to treat eye conditions such as cataracts and disorders of the retina. Though some studies dispute these claims, others have shown that bilberry tea can help balance sugar levels and reduce cravings for sweets.
According to Dr. Deepa Verma, oolong tea has been shown to reduce cholesterol and can assist in fat burning. Historically, oolong tea has been used to sharpen thinking skills and improve mental alertness. Some studies show that it may also help lower cholesterol.
The most popular tea on the market today making weight loss claims is green tea. Researchers attribute its fat-burning properties to catechins, namely EGCG shown to increase metabolism. Green tea is also higher in caffeine than black tea which may also contribute to the metabolism boost.
As we've mentioned several times on our blog, a full-night's sleep is paramount to a healthy lifestyle and losing weight. If you're having trouble sleeping and prefer to not take any sleeping medicine, you'll definitely want to look into valerian tea. Made from the valerian root, this tea has long been used as a gentle sedative, which can greatly improve your quality of sleep. Many stores combine this with chamomile for both flavor and additional relaxation.
Finally, we come to the reason many people drink tea, to relax. The reduction of stress can play a critical role in weight loss. When we are stressed, our cortisol hormones are higher and we hang onto fat. One of the best teas found to relieve stress is ashwagandha tea.
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