Famous tea drinkers like the Chinese and the British may be on to something. Whether a cup of tea means a serene morning of contemplation or a chatty afternoon with pastries, it is always a good thing to indulge in, especially because it comes with loads of health benefits. Choose your favorites among these tea flavors:
- It keeps you healthy.
You don't have to be a tea connoisseur to recognize the familiar sweet, nutty flavor in a cup of genmaicha tea. Yup, that's roasted brown rice you're tasting! Combined with green tea, this earthy brew packs a wallop of health benefits. After all, green tea is believed to contain antioxidants, which help prevent damage to the cells in your body. Studies indicate that regularly drinking green tea lowers risks of cancer and heart disease—all the more reason to love genmaicha!
- It helps you with your studies.
Don't let its looks deceive you! That milky, cinnamon-y concoction you hold in your hands is a powerful panacea. Made with either black, green, or oolong tea, chai tea is usually mixed with milk and spices like ginger, cinnamon, fennel, and black pepper. Need a mental boost for an upcoming exam? Chai tea with oolong or black tea can help make you more alert. Tummy trouble? The spices in chai tea aid in speeding up digestion and battling diarrhea.
- It keeps stress at bay.
The famous English tea blend usually has black tea as its base, though people can now choose to have their Earl Grey made with green tea or even red rooibos tea. If you're feeling particularly anxious and stressed, turn to a cup of Earl Grey to calm you, as it lowers cortisol levels. Your teeth will thank you for drinking Earl Grey too, because black tea is known to ward off cavities.
- It stimulates metabolism.
The matcha craze is far from over as new recipes featuring the powdered green tea leaves make their way to your newsfeed. Consumed as tea, experts say matcha is even more powerful than steeped green tea, since you actually drink up the leaves. Not only does matcha stimulate metabolism, it's popular for its anti-aging properties too.
- It helps you focus and boosts your energy.
There's no better way to freshen up breath than using mint. Taken as tea, peppermint is highly recommended for students, since it helps with focus and boosts energy. You can soothe a sore throat with some peppermint tea or have some for your cough, as it is known to clear mucus. Stressed? Drink your peppermint tea. As a muscle relaxant, it soothes anxiety.
- It helps ward off menstrual cramps.
Don't you just hate feeling groggy after a night of restless tossing and turning? Have a few cups of chamomile tea to treat sleeplessness. The benefits of chamomile tea doesn't end there—it keeps colds at bay too. Not only that, it helps ward off menstrual cramps as well!
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