Tea has been used as a natural medicine for centuries. Modern science is now discovering what people in China and throughout the world have long known: tea is good for you.
White tea is loaded with protective nutrients and antioxidants which have many beneficial effects against harmful toxins in your body. White tea can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, keep your heart healthy, promote stronger bones, natural killer of bacteria and viruses, maintain healthy teeth, gums, and skin. Other health benefits include: reduction of blood sugar, alleviations from symptoms of diabetes, increase in metabolism, reduce stress, and increase energy.
Green tea is full of powerful antioxidants which fight against cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Because of green teas minimal processing, its antioxidants are far more concentrated. Green tea is shown to fight obesity and lower bad cholesterol and also promotes oral health, and bone health.
Oolong tea boosts metabolism and ignites your body’s fat-burning furnace and raises your metabolism for up to 2 hours after drinking it. Oolong tea also contains polyphenols that help block fat-building enzymes. Studies have shown that drinking oolong tea has led to sustained weight loss and a smaller waist size. Be careful not to overload your tea with sugar, which will negate the benefits.
Black teas health benefits focus on the same areas as white, green, and oolong teas. It promotes cardiovascular health, skin and hair health, bone and connective tissue health, fights against cancer, used as a digestive aid, increases brain and nervous system health, oral health, and boosts your immune system.
Pu-erh tea is credited with many health benefits. Some studies have shown that pu-erh may lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and increase metabolism. Other benefits include the promotion of weight loss and cardiovascular protection. Containing caffeine, pu-erh is known to improve mental alertness and sharp thinking. Because it is fully oxidized, pu-erh has lower antioxidant levels than white or green teas.