The health benefits of drinking tea

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When we wrote about benefits of coffee, we’ve heard from dozens of tea-drinking readers wondering if their drink of choice also has health benefits.

Why is this important: It turns out that tea — all types of tea — is great for you, with benefits that affect everything from your brain to your gut to your immune system.

  • Your brain: L-theanine, which is found in green tea and oolong tea, has been linked to a reduced risk of developing cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Chamomile tea is an effective natural enemy of anxiety.
  • Your muscles: Chamomile tea also relaxes sore muscles and helps you sleep.
  • Your immune system: White tea is packed with antioxidants that have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer. Black tea also has comprehensive immune benefits.
  • Your teeth: White tea also contains fluoride for your dental health, but black tea can stain your teeth.
  • Your instincts: Hibiscus tea can curb cravings. UKTN tea fights irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. And rooibos tea can raise your good cholesterol and lower your bad cholesterol, notes the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
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And the benefits don’t come from drinking alone. You can squeeze steamed and cooled black tea on your cuts and bruises to reduce swelling and relieve pain, according to UPenn.

But, but, but: Just like with coffee, look How? ‘Or’ What you drink tea. Adding cream, sugar, and syrups to make tea latte can take away the natural goodness and add tons of calories.

  • And don’t fall for the slew of “detox” or “weight loss” teas being peddled on Instagram and Facebook.
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The bottom line: Whether you start your day with coffee or tea, drink up and reap the benefits.

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