Green tea gets most of the hype for its health-boosting properties, but black tea appears to offer health benefits, too!
Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world. More than 158 million Americans drink tea each day.
Aside from being a refreshing beverage, tea has phytochemicals that studies suggest may offer a host of health benefits — especially the phytochemicals in green tea. Green tea and its extracts are used for everything from improving health, increasing mental alertness, and boosting mood to losing weight and keeping skin healthy.
While definitive conclusions are yet to be made, research suggests that green tea may lower triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL (“bad” cholesterol), while also raising HDL (“good” cholesterol), say experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Green tea gets most of the hype for its health-boosting properties, but black tea appears to offer health benefits, too. And black tea is the most commonly consumed tea worldwide, accounting for about 75 percent of the world’s tea consumption. Drinking black tea on a regular basis may help reduce your risk of a heart attack, according to experts at the American Heart Association (AHA). Research also suggests that black tea may help strengthen bones and lower the risk of kidney stones in women.
Drinking black and green teas makes you more mentally alert (thanks, caffeine!). Consuming these teas may also help reduce the risk or slow the progression of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute, though more research is needed. Black and green teas may also reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. And in women, they may lower the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Steep and Reap the Health Benefits of Tea
People may drink black and green teas most often, but there are many other teas out there to be enjoyed. Other teas may have healing powers, too. Ginger and peppermint teas, for example, are thought to ease digestive distress. Chamomile tea is sipped by many as a tension-tamer before bed. In the meantime, drinking tea, which doesn’t contain any fat, sodium, or sugar (as long as you don’t add any) is one of the healthiest beverage choices you can make.
Some of the most popular types of organic tea include:
- Green tea
- Black tea
- Red tea
- Herbal tea (hibiscus, peppermint, chamomile)