If there’s one thing that HealingRadius enjoys, you know, besides yoga, hearty meals, nutritious recipes, DIY projects, and keeping up with the latest health and wellness trends, it’s a nice cup of hot tea. Some of our very own team members wanted to contribute—Alex, HealingRadius’ brand ambassador, said, “I like green and chamomile tea because they’re good for me and because they have antioxidants.” And Allyson, one of our marketing copywriters, told us, “My favorite is Earl Grey with a little bit of added milk. Its savory taste awakens my senses, getting me ready to enjoy the day.” Yup, we’re Team Tea over here.
Beyond the antioxidants and great flavor like they mentioned, tea contains certain compounds like catechins and epicatechins that are responsible for tea’s beneficial health effects. Take a look below to see just how tea can improve our overall health and why January has pushed itself to the top of our favorites list:
All tea from the Camellia plant is rich in polyphenols, or molecules with antioxidant properties. Livestrong.com says that “knowing how polyphenols can positively impact your skin care regimen can help you achieve younger, healthier looking skin.” And with that affirmation, we’ve read from other sources that tea can also prevent the development of skin tumors, slow the aging process, reverse the effects of long-term UV damage, and reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Tea for skin health: Women’s Health Magazine says that the perfect teas for skin health are green tea, yerba maté, chamomile, and rooibos, or red tea
A post from the Huffington Post states that “Caffeine is probably the best-known brain-booster found in tea. Its effects are immediate: increased alertness, wakefulness, and attention.” The article continues by stating that various catechins exert a positive influence, too. Numerous studies have suggested that tea helps our mind improve accuracy and attention, increase memory, focus, and concentration, and that it can even reduce the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Tea for brain health: white tea and green tea
Everyday Health mentions, “Clinical studies on drinking green tea have found that it helps lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides—good news for your heart.” And who better to consider valuable information from than a source with health in its name? It’s true that tea can work wonders for the heart as it helps drop cholesterol levels and improve vascular reactivity. It’s also been said that people who drink tea are less likely to have heart attacks or strokes.
Tea for heart health: green tea, white tea, black tea, ginseng tea, chamomile tea, and Oolong tea (which should be consulted with your doctor first)
Bustle sites a study published in the Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition journal about the effects of tea, specifically when it comes to bone health. They found that people who drink tea have a higher average bone mineral density than those who don’t drink tea. Other studies have found similar results—tea also repairs damaged bones and protects bones during the aging process. So, if you don’t already, now is the time to start drinking tea as a powerful weapon against osteoporosis!
Tea for bone health: green tea, white tea, black tea, hibiscus tea, rooibos tea, chamomile tea, and dandelion tea
The next time you feel up, down, sad, mad, ill, or whatever the case may be, just grab yourself a cup of hot tea! After all, you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy tea, and that’s practically the same thing. Happy National Hot Tea Month!
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.