The Health Benefits of Tea
In the UK we all love to drink tea and not just good old PG tips or tetley. Tea originated in China and was used for medicinal purposes originally. Tea protects bones as it is a source of vitamin D, reduces the risk of some types of cancers as it can be loaded with anti-oxidants which help neutralise free radicals in the body, and help recover heart health after stroke and heart attacks.
Below are just a few great tasting teas that have health benefits! They are available in most supermarkets or health food shops.
Green tea – helps strengthen the immune system, lowers blood pressure as it lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Camomile tea- helps with food digestion and helps to reduce stress and insomnia as it is associated with a evaluation of glycine which helps relax muscles and nerves.
Hibiscus flower tea – the presence of anti-oxidants protects us against cell damaging free radicals to help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
Dandelion tea – helps with digestion and liver function as it contains lots of nutrients and minerals.
Ginger tea – is great as it has some anti-inflammatory components so is therefore helpful with people with chronic pain/arthritis.
Please be aware that some conditions such as heart failure may not benfit from some teas and so before introducing them into your diet it is recommended you speak to your doctor/pharmacist.