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Tea Pharmacy - A Guide to the Effects of Tea

Updated on January 9, 2011

Tea and Your Health

Before you reach for medicine cabinet, you may want to try your kitchen cupboard instead. Tea has many health benefits, and can relieve ailments that disrupt our daily lives. Here is a brief explanation of the health benefits associated with some common types of tea:

Types of Tea

Green Tea:
contains a high amount of antioxidants, which may help to decrease the risk of cancer. Has also been linked to the reduction of cholesterol.

White Tea: contains more antioxidants than green tea, as well as less caffeine, so it may be a better choice for those trying to minimize caffeine intake.

Earl Grey: contains bergamot, which is said to help treat depression and stress.

Orange Pekoe: has been found to help reduce artery clogging, the cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Chai Tea: not only does it contain antioxidants like other types of tea, but also a number of spices that may add cold, flu and indigestion relief to its list of benefits.

Rooibos (red) Tea:
contains healthy amounts of iron, magnesium, potassium, fluoride, manganese, zinc, calcium and vitamin C. It also contains alpha-hydroxy acid, which promotes healthy skin.

Darjeeling Tea: another tea that may help prevent cancer, as well as mouth viruses such as herpes. It has also been found to improve blood vessel function.

Oolong Tea: is said to help control obesity by enhancing fat metabolism.

Peppermint Tea:
is great for aiding in digestion, relieving irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive aches and pains. It also helps with gas and bloating, and you may find yourself burping after drinking it.

Jasmine Tea:
has sedative properties, helping to calm the nerves and decrease anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety and don't want to get involved with prescription drugs, try jasmine tea.

Chamomile Tea: like Jasmine, chamomile has calming effects. Drink chamomile tea instead of taking sleeping pills to help you wind down for bedtime.

Ginger Tea: ginger is a natural remedy for nausea, and can be especially helpful with morning sickness. It is also good for clearning up sore, clogged throats.

Rosehips Tea:
a good source of vitamin C, which in turn can help your immune system and skin.

Lemon Balm Tea: improves concentration and invigorates spirit.


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