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We’re busy. We sometimes sacrifice sleep to finish our to do lists. We often lean on tea or coffee to help keep us alert. However, studies have been conducted that present some intriguing facts. Tea may be a more beneficial drink than coffee. Tea has been used for centuries for medicinal, social, and other purposes. While all tea can be integral to your health, not all teas are made alike.

Green tea

Green tea can reduce stress, increase cognitive function, improve appearance, as well as combat diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Cooper, Morré, and Morré (2005) state, “Green tea contains a unique set of catechins that possess biological activity in antioxidant, anti-angiogenesis, and antiproliferative assays potentially relevant to the prevention and treatment of various forms of cancer.” While green tea may not be the most palatable type of tea for some people, there are many more ways to consume this beverage than merely sipping on a cup. It is tea is sold in pills, tea bags, and matcha, which has all of the nutrients of 10 cups of brewed green tea. 

Black tea

Black tea also has incredible health benefits, such as increased alertness and protection against DNA damage and certain types of cancer. It is one of the most popular teas, especially in the South. While sweet tea is not exactly the most nutritionally beneficial beverage due to the high sugar content, the black tea that makes up the base contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. This antioxidant protects against brain disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many other health problems.  

Red tea

Another wonderful tea is rooibos, or red, tea. This naturally sweet tea comes from South Africa, and has powerful antioxidants and minerals, such as copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium, iron, and potassium. Even though rooibos tea is actually an herb, it has incredible health advantages. It boosts the immune system, can cure insomnia, headaches, asthma, and eczema. It can also help with fighting allergies and premature aging. This is an incredible tea for many reasons, and can be helpful to college students who are struggling to stay healthy/get well. 

Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea can eliminate inflammation, lessen pain, treat respiratory diseases, and reduce stress. For us busy bees, this tea can be extremely advantageous. It also prevents nausea and vomiting, which can be helpful in case of food poisoning or the flu. 

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea has been around for centuries and is used for both medicinal and cosmetic purposes. It can reduce fever, inflammation, menstrual cramps, and cure muscle spasms. Chamomile can be used not only internally, but externally. It can be made into a lotion, for treatment of toothaches, earaches, and external swelling. Inhaling the vapors from chamomile flower essential oils can help relieve anxiety and depression. This method can be very beneficial to those who deal regularly with anxiety and depression. 

Many types of tea have been used throughout history for medicinal purposes. Tea can be both enjoyable and valuable to one’s health. Many teas share the same properties, yet they all have unique qualities that make each tea different.

ERIKA A
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