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9 Different Kinds Of Tea And Their Health Benefits!

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Most people stick with two of the most common varieties of tea – black tea and tea with milk. But did you know that there are over 8 types of tea? And every tea is unique in its fragrance, taste and its health benefits!

Read on to learn about a few not-so-common fragrant teas and how they can improve your health.

Different Kinds Of Tea And It's Health Benefits! - PharmEasy

  • Green tea

These tea leaves are the least oxidized and that is why the tea that is made from them is light in colour. Among all the different teas, it has the highest concentration of antioxidants. These will prevent the onset of cancer in the following body parts:

  • Bladder
  • Breast  
  • Lungs
  • Stomach
  • Rectal
  • Pancreas

Do you want to live a long and healthy life? Studies have shown that consuming green tea regularly can increase your longevity.  

Read More: 4 Health Benefits of Green Tea

  • Oolong tea  

Is your blood pressure high? Oolong tea can help. Oolong tea is the middle stage in the process of turning green tea into black tea. It is chiefly famous for its ability to lower bad cholesterol level (LDL). It can increase the production of good cholesterol (HDL) that will keep your heart healthy.

  • White tea

White tea comes from the same plant you get green, oolong or black tea from. These leaves are harvested before they even open up and are covered by delicate white hairs.  

Are you overweight? White tea should be your go-to tea if you want to lose weight. It can also reduce your risk of getting diabetes.  

White tea contains compounds called catechins that strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis.

White tea
  • Pu-erh tea

This is one of the little known forms of tea that come from the tea plant. This is a very strong and fermented tea and its most important benefit is that it keeps your brain sharp, focussed and healthy.  

Another benefit of pu-erh tea is that it is very effective in enhancing blood circulation in the body.

Herbal teas:

Not all teas come from Camellia sinensis – the tea plant. Brews made from extracts of medicinal and sweet-smelling herbs are also called tea. Here are some popular herbal teas and their benefits.

  • Chamomile tea

This tea is made from dried chamomile flowers and has many benefits:

  • Peppermint tea

This tea is prepared by boiling and straining peppermint leaves. Why should you try out this tea? For these benefits:

  • Speeds up metabolism.
  • It helps with digestion.
  • Relieves stomach pain
  • Ginger tea

What is the best way to start the morning? By drinking ginger tea of course! It is full of antioxidants that can reduce inflammation and keep your heart healthy. Its other benefits are:

  • Reduces pain naturally.
  • Soothes nausea.
  • Relieves constipation.
ginger

This tea comes from the extracts of the hibiscus flower. Here are some of its benefits:

  • Prevents the flu.
  • It lowers high blood pressure.
  • Removes bad cholesterol from the body.
  • Lemon tea

Why do you need lemon tea? Here is why:

  • Removes plaque from your blood vessels.
  • Keeps the heart-healthy.
  • Improves mood.

A rarely used variety of tea is black tea, that is made from fermented tea leaves and has the greatest caffeine level, and also acts as the base for various instant teas and flavoured teas like chai. According to studies, black tea may shield the lungs from harm brought on by inhaling cigarette smoke. It might also lessen the chance of having a stroke.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, B.A.M.S, M.D (Ayu)

Also Read: Does Tea Dehydrate You? Unpacking the Truth Based on Research

Precaution against diet teas  

While the above natural and herbal teas have a plethora of health benefits, there are several products on the market called diet teas. These may often include a wide range of ingredients and might consist of supplements. Some of the things to watch out for include senna, willow bark, buckthorn, comfrey, germander, lobelia and laxatives. These may come in the form of supplements or as additives to regular teas. There are multiple negative health effects associated with such items including digestive problems, liver damage and kidney damage. As long as you stick to natural teas without dangerous additions and stay away from products that claim to ‘cure diseases and cancer’, you will be able to enjoy the health benefits of tea.

Sanpin-cha, a blend of green tea and jasmine blossoms, may contribute to a person’s ability to remain healthy and cognitively sharp far into old age. This might be because antioxidant-rich jasmine blossoms, like the tea plant, may shield cells from harm brought on by ageing. The smell of jasmine has been associated with increased physical health and is thought to lessen the effects of stress.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

Now that you have multiple options to choose from, replace your regular cup of tea with these varieties to experience mind-blowing flavours and countless health benefits. 

Also Read: Debunking The Myth: Does Green Tea Really Contain Caffeine? 

Disclaimer: The above information has been prepared by a qualified medical professional and may not represent the practices followed universally. The suggestions listed in this article constitute relatively common advice given to patients and since every patient is different, you are advised to consult your physician, if in doubt, before acting upon this information. Lupin Limited has only facilitated the distribution of this information to you in the interest of patient education and welfare.

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