By Milvian Prieto
Iced or hot and black or green are not your only options when it comes to tea. Whether you’re an avid tea drinker or only sip it when you’re feeling blue, tea has been known for its many health benefits. Tea contains many antioxidants that can help your body prevent loads of illnesses, cancers and even prevent a heart attack.
If you’re a relatively new tea drinker, get your water boiling and pick up your mug as some of these teas might interest you.
Similar to black tea, Oolong is fermented for a shorter time which provides a stronger taste. This tea has the second-highest caffeine level (after black tea) and is rich with antioxidants. If you’re looking to manage your weight, oolong helps with controlling the metabolism by activating specific enzymes in your body.
Mild in flavor and containing less caffeine, white tea leaves are picked young and are often uncured and unfermented. Similar to green tea, this tea contains catechin, a type of antioxidant that may help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Commonly known as the “night time” tea, this daisy-like herb helps with boosting the immune system, easing insomnia and even reduces menstrual cramps. The antioxidants in this tea also help with complications from diabetes such as vision loss and kidney and nerve damage.
Packed with a combination of herbs, dried fruits and flowers, some may argue that herbal teas are not teas at all. Also called “tisanes”, herbal tea is caffeine-free and hydrates the body. The look and smell of the herbs and the spices will definitely pleasure your senses. This type of tea is enjoyed best when it is deeply steeped.
There are many health benefits that come with drinking these different types of teas. If you’re interested in purchasing them, you can find most of them at your local supermarket. If you’re not sure which one would be best for you, just try them all! Get going and sip away!
Milvian Prieto is a contributing writer for YourSitch.com