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Best Teas to Drink for a Healthy Lifestyle

Updated on November 13, 2015

The Best Teas for Your Health

There has been much speculation over the years regarding the health benefits of drinking certain kinds of teas; some say that certain ancient tea leaves or herbal blends can have healing properties, or cause rapid weight loss, or produce some other ‘miracle’ cure for any kind of ailment.

The issue is, there is often little scientific evidence to support these claims, just as in the case of almost any drug or diet which claims to have ‘miracle benefits.’ However, while drinking teas may not be the sole answer to any variety of physical issues, there are many health benefits to drinking certain types of tea which the scientific and medical communities have found to be incontrovertible. Below are some of the many kinds of tea whose properties may help aid the body with a variety of health issues

White Tea

White Tea has many health benefits
White Tea has many health benefits

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White Tea

White tea is often the least-heavily processed kind of tea readily available on the market today. White tea leaves contain very high levels of anti-oxidants. The antioxidants in this tea, in particular, have been shown in many studies to fight off free radicals within the body.

White tea also contains high numbers of flavonoids, which are a particular form of antioxidant that has been shown through numerous scientific studies to be effective in fighting off potentially cancer-causing cells. Flavonoids have been shown to reduce the size of many of harmful cancer cells and even prevent new ones from forming.

This tea is generally considered to be a great way to boost your immune system for everyday issues as well. Drinking white tea daily can help your body fight off disease and infection, especially during winter months and flu season. White tea’s high antibacterial and antiviral abilities, through the use of its high levels of anti-oxidants, make it one of the best teas on this list for overall health and disease prevention.

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Green Tea

Green Tea's powerful antioxidant properties can help with many health issues... weight loss, detoxing, and reducing bloating. And there are many more benefits we've only just recently come to realize.
Green Tea's powerful antioxidant properties can help with many health issues... weight loss, detoxing, and reducing bloating. And there are many more benefits we've only just recently come to realize.

Green Tea is often considered to be one of the healthiest natural beverages on the market today. Green Tea naturally contains very high levels of a natural chemical found in plants, called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). Much like white tea, the EGCG in green tea is a powerful antioxidant which can help rid the body of and prevent the growth of harmful cells within the body.

Green Tea: Weight Loss Benefits

Researchers have also been looking to the potential for EGCG to increase brain function. Many studies have shown that when this natural chemical is applied to the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory retention, there was evidence of an increase in the production of neurons in that area of the brain. This could have a dramatic effect on the prevention and treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Green tea is also widely known to be a fantastic weight loss aid. EGCG has been shown to cause a thermogenetic reaction in the body, or a reaction increasing heat production. When combined with the added caffeine naturally found in green tea, this reaction can naturally help to actually burn excess fat.

Studies have also shown that green tea also may increase the body’s metabolism naturally, as well as slowing or even preventing the growth of new fat cells in the body.

Black Tea

Black Tea: Antioxidant power with a healthy dose of caffeine
Black Tea: Antioxidant power with a healthy dose of caffeine

Black Tea

Like Green Tea, Black Tea also contains EGCG and carries many of the same benefits. Black tea is also an excellent source of caffeine, which can give you energy throughout the day. Black tea contains naturally occurring chemicals called ‘polysaccharides,’ which are carbohydrates that work to slow blood sugar absorption in the body.

This can greatly help those struggling with issues related to diabetes, and may even help prevent diabetes from developing. The same properties which aid in sugar absorption also could aid in improving cardiovascular health, and maintaining blood pressure.

Additionally, by regulating sugar levels within the body, drinking black tea frequently over time may aid in maintaining a healthy body weight, depending on the drinker’s diet, as well as the added energy from the caffeine and ECGC. The added benefit of regulation sugar levels within the body may also aid in curbing sporadic cravings for sweets, as well as cause you to feel fuller for longer and prevent snacking throughout the day.

Chamomile Tea

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Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is actually a form of herb that comes from the daisy plant family. Chamomile, unlike the other teas listed here, often contains little or no caffeine, and it’s health benefits are often more subtle. The active ingredient in chamomile tea is a natural oil called bisabolol. This natural oil has very strong anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties, and can be used to treat constipation, stomach cramps, digestive irritation, pain and discomfort from irritable bowel syndrome, and even symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps.

Chamomile is also highly recommended for those struggling with sleep disorders. It is often recommended as a natural aid for insomnia relief, and for the occasional sleepless night, or as an anytime stress reliever. For optimal results, drink a cup of chamomile tea 30-45 minutes before bed, to help the body feel relaxed, ease the mind, relieve stress and tension, and prepare for a healthy, happy sleep.
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Teas for Health

These kinds of tea, and the countless others available on the market, have many surprising, and legitimate, benefits to everyday health and wellness. While there is no 'miracle cure' for any issue to be found in the tea leaves, the potential benefits you may experience certainly make it worth trying, especially when they come in a delicious, low-calorie beverage. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have any concerns about trying any of these teas, especially if they are unfamiliar to you. You may be surprised to find that your doctor may actually recommend adding a kind of tea to your diet! Try adding some, or all, of these teas to your daily routine, and see what benefits you may discover.

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 22 months ago from Oklahoma

      I have not had a white tea before, I don't think.

      Interesting overview.

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      Elsie Hagley 22 months ago from New Zealand

      Interesting, I only drink tea, my answer to the poll was white, not sure if white tea is ordinary tea leaves with milk add.

      Please correct me if I'm wrong, as even though I'm a tea drinker, I have never tried any other types of tea.

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      Rachel L Alba 22 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      That was the first time I ever heard of white tea. The others are very familiar to me. I do like the green tea best. Thanks for sharing this information. I voted up and useful.

      Blessings to you.

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      Lori Colbo 22 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I have discovered minty teas, like Sleepy time, are good for upset stomach, and helps with that horrible overstuffed feeling after a large meal! I've been meaning to try white tea!

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      KMSplumeau 22 months ago

      I believe the standard types of tea you can order at restaurants and cafes is usually black tea, the kind which most commonly has milk and sugar added, but I'm not entirely certain. If you do try other types of tea please submit your feedback! I'd love to hear more.

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      Elsie Hagley 22 months ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for letting me know that the tea I drink is black tea with milk.

      Funny how I can drink tea all my life and not know the difference.

      I always thought that a cup of tea was back if you didn't add milk otherwise it was white, cup of tea when milk was added.

      Didn't even know you could buy white tea leaves.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 22 months ago from The Caribbean

      I love teas, and appreciate these details about the benefits of the different teas. I believe that chamomile is the only I've tasted which I didn't like; good that I do not need its sleep benefits. Thanks for all the information.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marvelous job here. These teas have such amazing properties. We just plain drink teas instead of take medicine. So far it works out quite well.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 22 months ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Nice informative hub. In fact, all kinds of teas have some or other health benefit. But some kinds of teas like chamomile tea, green tea have a definite edge over others kinds.

      It was previously thought that black tea with milk has no health benefits but it is not so. They are also beneficial. In fact, mostly I drink black tea with milk.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Elsie Hagley 22 months ago from New Zealand

      Thanks! Dr Pran Rangan for saying that black tea with milk has health benefits it makes me feel better, I have been drinking it thinking it was a healthy drink when others have been saying it is not. But it didn't change my mind.

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      travmaj 22 months ago from australia

      I love tea - of any description. My favourite is green tea and I mainly drink that. I enjoyed reading this and the various health benefits.

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      KMSplumeau 22 months ago

      It's a very different experience! I love black teas with milk and sugar, and it's always fun to branch out and try new things too. I'm happy you liked the hub! =)

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      KMSplumeau 22 months ago

      Thank you for reading. Yes I like that these teas have many health benefits, but of course no simple beverage, as tasty or healthy as it may be, can actually cure disease (but wouldn't it be nice if the answer was wine? Haha). Medicine and treatment are also very important, which is why I tried to express repeatedly in this hub that these teas are not any 'miracle cure,' but they may help people to deal with, but not cure, certain health issues, like high blood pressure and weight loss. Thanks again for reading!

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      KMSplumeau 22 months ago

      And thank you for reading! It's great to see so many fellow tea drinkers out there! Black tea with milk is delicious, and it's great to know it's so healthy too.

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      KMSplumeau 22 months ago

      Thank you so much! I love green tea too, I'd have to say that's my favorite as well. Some brands even offer blends, like blueberry green tea or strawberry, etc. Delicious. Thank you for commenting!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Herbal teas are my choice, there is a big variety and they are usually caffeine free.

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      Laura Smith 22 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Really interesting and informative Hub. It's good to know that any type of tea I drink is going to be good for me.

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      Kevin Goodwin 22 months ago

      Maybe I should switch from coffee to tea from now on.

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      KMSplumeau 22 months ago

      Kevin, I did that a few months ago and I've honestly felt so much better, since tea doesn't seem to make me as jittery and I don't feel as much of a 'crash' after, but it's all just personal preference. You could always alternate to see if you like it! I would never outright recommend a that coffee lover quit their favorite beverage...if someone had send that to me when I drank coffee everyday, there would have been some pretty dire consequences, haha.

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      Paula 22 months ago

      I love drinking tea and green tea is my favorite since I've discovered it. I never add sugar to it, only lemon juice to make it taste better since it is a bit bitter. It also helped me shade some weight so I trust this tea completely.

      Great hub. Have a nice day :)

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      KMSplumeau 21 months ago

      That's great to hear!

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      catmalone 21 months ago

      Great hub with useful information! I drink green tea all the time because it has so many health benefits. Chamomile tea I like to drink before bed because it relaxes me. I definitely have to try the white and black teas.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub! So very useful on the best teas to drink. Voted up, since I'm a tea drinker.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 21 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice, useful and informative hub about various kinds of tea.

      I enjoy all varieties but the best of course is green tea in taste and for health. Indians however prepare tea in many different ways which sometimes includes the goodness of spices as well.

      Thanks and voted up!

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      CrisSp 20 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I think I've tried them all but I keep on coming back to my favourites: green tea, chamomile and sometimes lavender (kind'a pricey).

      Good, delightful and useful hub.

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      ocfireflies 20 months ago from North Carolina

      What a lovely hub. I have not tried many of these and now hope I get the chance to do so. I have been a coffee drinker most of my life, but have of recently, started drinking more tea: chamomile in particular. Seems my stomach likes tea more than coffee these days. Smiles.

      Great Hub!

      Kim

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      Sandeep Rathore 20 months ago from New Delhi

      Great hub, indeed.

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      stella vadakin 20 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I have bought my green tea and hope I feel better than drinking my 2 cups of coffee in the morning. I thank you for this informative hub. Stella

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      Patricia Scott 20 months ago from sunny Florida

      Enjoy these teas but I also drink coffee ...not to excess..and coffee too has been found to have healthful properties as well.

      Informative article.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Interesting facts about different types of teas.

      We take green tea or black tea at times. Black coffee also is okay at other times. Milk is not good at many occasions as it causes gastric problems and mucus formation.

      Thanks for this useful information.

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      Demas W Jasper 19 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I favor Hibiscus Tea, but to each his/her own. Thanks for the write up.

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