Did you know that drinking tea can help improve your health in different ways?
What types of teas are there?
Green teas have been associated with the most health benefits. Teas in the green tea family include:
- White (unfermented leaves)
- Green (steamed, unfermented leaves)
- Oolong (partially fermented)
- Black (highly fermented and oxidised)
So what benefits can drinking tea provide?
Each green tea type can provide different health effects including:
- Reduces your risk of heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes (black, green and oolong)
- Improves cognitive function and may lower your risk of developing dementia (black and green)
- Lowers your cholesterol levels (oolong)
- Reduces inflammation (black and green)
- Reduces your risk of developing cancer (black)
- Reduces growth of cancer cells (green)
Benefits from other tea types:
- Reduces blood pressure (hibiscus)
- Improves sleep (uncaffeinated teas such as chamomile)
- Reduces nausea and vomiting (ginger)
- Improves digestion (peppermint)
- Helps digestion and reduces menopause symptoms (fennel)
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