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Here’s to tea: Drink to your health

Help alleviate the symptoms of a variety of ailments or health concerns by drinking the right kind of tea. Here’s a guide on what to brew.

Green tea

The most consumed beverage in the world after water, tea offers a multitude of health benefits. Want to use tea to contribute to your well-being? This guide outlines what tea you’ll want to brew a pot of to help with your symptoms.

Ginger tea

Ginger tea may make breathing easier if yours is laboured. This tea helps to dilate or expand the bronchial tree and soothe your lungs’ airways. If you’ve got a cough, it may ease that as well.

Green tea

This popular tea is loaded with catechins, and studies have found it can reduce breast cancer risk as well as slow the development of other types of cancer. Catechins are a type of antioxidant, and research has shown that they contribute to prohibiting cancer cells from proliferating. Green tea is also good for heart health. The catechins can reduce the risk of heart disease by helping your blood vessels to stay healthy so you don’t develop high blood pressure.

Black tea

Among the many health benefits of black tea is one that is particularly beneficial to diabetics. Diabetes has been shown to occur less frequently in adults who consume this tea, and compounds in black tea appear to help slow the absorption of blood sugar.

White tea

This tea, the least processed and thus more delicate tea, contains the most polyphenols. It’s also been considered a good choice for dieters, as it helps prevent new fat cells from growing while also helping existing fat cells to break down.

Rooibos tea

Technically a tisane or herbal tea, rooibos is caffeine-free (all tea, which come from the camellia sinensis plant, contains caffeine). Rooibos tea in particular is bursting with flavonoids, which act as anti-inflammatories that have been shown to help the stomach muscles and intestinal system relax. Thanks to this relaxing effect, rooibos tea may help if you’re experiencing stomach aches or belly issues that have you running to the washroom.

Camomile tea

If you’re having a chaotic day and feeling stressed out, consider brewing a cup of camomile tea. This tea has a sedative effect that may calm your nerves and help you decompress.

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