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Do you known that drinking tea on a regular basis can be good for your health? Teas have been around for centuries, and have been used for their medicinal properties for almost as long. Certain cultures have known the healing properties in tea and have incorporated them into their diet. Teas are extremely popular in Chinese and Indian culture. Fortunately for all of us now there are so many wonderful varieties of teas that there is something for everyone!
Teas come in various strengths and taste, but are derived from the same plant. The different flavors are made by adding flavor enhancers to the tea, dried fruit, cinnamon stick, and also herbs. The strength in the flavor is made during the fermentation process, and each type of tea is fermented in a particular way to produce its unique taste. One of my favorites is a black chai tea, simply yum.
I personally try to have a cup of green tea a day but I also like black teas, roobios and am a big fan of chai tea. I drink my green tea plain without milk or sugar as it’s not the kind of tea that needs either. I find that it helps me with my rheumatoid arthritis. Green tea has EGCG, which slows down Interleukin-1 which is a pro-inflammatory. Drinking a couple of cups of green tea seems to help keep the pain from my rheumatoid arthritis from flaring up even more. This may just be my own perception but I do notice more joint pain on the days I don’t drink it.
Green tea not only has anti-inflammatory properties, it also aids in lowering cholesterol, promotes better heart health, fights cancer and also rejuvenates skin cells and new growth. Polyphenol is the compound that is found in all teas in varying degrees. Green tea and white teas contain the highest levels of Polyphenol. Herbal teas are made from plants. Each one has its own strength as an antioxidant.
For the best results, place the tea bag or loose leaf tea into a cup. Boil the water and pour it over the tea. Allow it to steep for about five minutes. Remove tea bag and then drink it. You can add honey as a natural sweetener if you wish to do so.
The level of polyphenols in the bloodstream decrease after a period of two hours. Just glancing at the clock and it shows me that I am due for another one pretty soon.
Do you drink tea on a regular basis? If so, which one is your favorite flavor?