Tea it up! Yes, you can boost your immune system by adding one simple thing to your diet- Tea!
There are a lot of health benefits from drinking tea, as long as you choose the right one, and one of good quality. I recommend skipping adding extra calories from sweeteners, but if you need anything other than fresh lemon juice read my blog post about healthy sweeteners here
A cup a day may keep the doctor away! Read on for recommended teas…
Green tea- Is made with steamed tea leaves. It has a high concentration of EGCG, the “holy grail” of immune strengthening components. It may prevent cancers like bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers, prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, the risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Black tea- Is made with fermented tea leaves. Black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavoured teas like chai, along with some instant teas. This tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
White tea- Uncured and unfermented. It has lost of antioxidants and has shown to have the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas. It is also used in skincare products.
Oolong tea- Is rich in antioxidants and may lower bad cholesterol levels. Some oolong teas may help with weight management.
Pu-erh tea- Is made from fermented and aged leaves. It is considered a black tea and its leaves are pressed into cakes. May help balance weight and reduce LDL cholesterol.
Matcha tea- This is the Queen of all teas! It comes from Japan and with matcha you drink the entire tea leaf and not just the extract of it. Matcha tea is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCG and it may boosts metabolism. It is known to detoxify the body and is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins. It provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. It may also lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
While I love herbal teas without caffeine like Pukka, keep in mind that herbal teas are not really “tea”, but of course have other health benefits and may be enjoyed as well.