I have always preferred tea over coffee. I actually just recently started drinking coffee, and I can’t drink straight coffee it has to be the flavored fru fru coffee lol. The top five teas are green, black, white, oolong, and pu-erh. All five contain high levels of EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) a flavonoid that has powerful antioxidants that protect against free radicals. Particularly, free radicals that cause heart disease and cancer. My favorite teas are green and black tea but the others have great benefits as well.
Top 5 teas:
Green Tea – reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as stroke. It also improves cholesterol levels. Green tea has a high concentration of EGCGs. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and the signs of aging because of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory activities. It can also aid in weight loss as it speeds up the metabolism.
Black Tea – Has the highest caffeine content. May protect lungs from the effects of smoking also reduces the risk of stroke. Black tea improves oral health with polyphenols that kill cavity causing bacteria and reduce plaque. A study also showed that due to photo chemicals it can assist with stronger bones and lower the risk of arthritis. It contains alkyl amine antigens that help boost our immune system as well as tannins that help fight viruses such as the flu. Tannins also help with the digestive tract.
White Tea – Contains the most potent anti-cancer properties. By thinning the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol, white tea protects the heart and the entire circulatory system. It may reduce blood sugar and help prevent and alleviate the symptoms of diabetes. By scavenging these free radicals, white tea protects the skin and helps to reverse some of the damage.
Oolong Tea – Benefits of both green and black tea are doubled because they are combined in Oolong tea. Because of this it also contains more caffeine.
Pu-erh Tea – Pu-erh tea is a form of black tea which undergoes a special fermentation process, usually for 30 to 40 days, although sometimes for years or even decades. Similar to wine the longer this tea ages the better it will taste. It accelerates metabolism which can aid in weight loss.
A good amount of tea to drink per day is around 2-5 cups depending on your caffeine tolerance. It is also good to remember that tannins affects the absorption of folic acid and iron, so women who are pregnant or trying to conceive shouldn’t consume large amounts.