The Buzz Behind Teas
Many of us drink tea. Green tea, black tea, chamomile tea, blended teas and more.
With cooler months ahead, tea is a nice way to warm up by the fire, or late at night. But, are teas actually good for us? Do they help speed up our metabolism or put us to sleep? Let’s dig deeper!
Naturally low in calories, tea is a beverage that comes in a variety of flavors that can be served hot or cold. However, did you know that not all teas you see lining the supermarket aisles are “real” teas? They may still taste great and make you feel warm and cozy, but you might not be getting any health benefits.
What Kind of Tea’s Are “The Real Deal?”
Camomille, green, black, white, and oolong (wu long) tea are the most popular if you want to reap some true benefits. Artificial syrups, teas with added sugar, and herbal infusions may taste great, but they won’t typically give you any health benefit, so we recommend avoiding them. Try to drink decaffeinated if you can.
7 Benefits From “Real” Tea
Green tea contains a compound containing polyphenols (particularly epigallocatechin gallete, better known as EGCG) that has antioxidant properties which may help prevent Type 2 diabetes by helping how the body controls the absorption of sugar.
Green tea has been linked to lower cholesterol levels. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study in June 2011 indicating a decrease in both total serum and LDL cholesterol by hindering the absorption of cholesterol in the large intestine. Black tea also contains antioxidants that are linked to lower cholesterol levels.
Drinking a few cups of black tea daily can aid in decreasing the risk of an ischemic stroke
Drinking a few cups of black tea daily can aid in decreasing the risk of an ischemic stroke (a stroke caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow to the brain). Based on a 2009 meta-study this decrease was approximately 20%. That’s a pretty good reason to enjoy some black tea daily.
Protect against pollen attacks with tea! Remember those EGCG that help against type 2 diabetes? Those same polyphenols help reduce pollen related attacks!
Oolong tea can increase your metabolism and help burn off a little fat. Don’t get me wrong. You still need to put in the work, but it can supply you with a little help. Green and black tea (which can be highly caffeinated) can give you a little boost to help give you a little energy through your workout as well.
White tea is said to be the “multi-tasker” of all teas.
The Total Package
White tea is said to be the “multi-tasker” of all teas. According to the American Cancer Society, white tea can help the fight towards cancer, lower the risk of recurrence breast cancer, and aid in reducing cardiovascular disease! This tea packs a powerful punch of antioxidants that can do your body good!
Chamomile tea. Not in the same category as a ‘real’ tea, but nevertheless has been shown to have many sources of aid since ancient times, sleep being one of them. Chamomile has the ability to calm the nervous system to allow you to relax and fall asleep. It is also been linked to soothing digestive upset, clearer skin, and reducing risks of kidney damage.
All in all, teas have a thumbs up! They have natural antioxidants that can provide numerous medical benefits, promote better sleep, and increase your metabolism. Remember to drink decaffeinated when possible, and enjoy the benefits that tea may bring to you.
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Be sure to consult your doctor before implementing any type of regular tea consumption.
Tim McComsey is the founding owner of TRYM Fitness: Dallas’s Premier Personal Training and Nutrition Company, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Dietitian. He started TRYM Fitness in 2011 and has been growing successfully ever since! This is his 15th year in the fitness industry and his scope of work has broadened from being ambassador to Sunwarrior, a partner to Vitamin World, and a sponsored athlete to 361usa shoes and apparel. He also contributes to Men’s Fitness Magazine and Human Fit Project with video and content production. Through his years in the industry he has placed 1st in several fitness competitions including the 2013 Dallas Europa Men’s Physique. His passion is to empower both men and women to be the healthiest and most fit they can be using various platforms.