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Tea and Your Health

Note: The following is presented for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor to see what treatment is right for you.

Tea has been consumed for thousands of years in China and nearby areas and recognized as a beverage that made people feel better and that often was seen to help with various health issues. When tea was first brought to Europe by the Dutch, it became a sensation for both its flavors and healthful properties (some of which are attributed to having to boil water to properly infuse the tea, and thus assuring water free of harmful bacteria). Today, many research studies have confirmed some of the health benefits in tea. Antioxidants is chief among them. While we encourage tea drinking for the pure pleasure of it, we also recognize it can be a much better alternative to many currently offered.

See these pages on our site for more information:

Chart of Health Benefits Claims*

This chart is compiled from a variety of sources posted online. Some are for teas and others for herbal infusions, known as herbal teas. The list is not all inclusive but includes the most popular items.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tea or Herbal

Health Benefit Claims (mostly unproven and disputed)

Green tea

 

Cancer:

  • High in antioxidants which may interfere with growth of some cancers (bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal)
  • Promotes healthy cell growth
  • Linked to the prevention of breast, lung, and stomach cancer
  • Reduces risk of esophageal cancer in women by 60%
  • May help protect skin from UV rays

Circulatory system:

  • Reduces bad cholesterol – prevents clogging of the arteries and helps with heart and cardiovascular difficulties
  • Reduces risk of stroke

Weight loss:

  • Increases metabolism
  • Promotes fat oxidation

Other:

  • Has a relaxing and calming effect
  • Reduces risk of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Fluoride content may help prevent tooth decay
  • Matcha is specifically said to be a good wake-up tea

Black tea

  • Lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke with its anti-inflammatory properties and theophylline (increases blood flow in the capillaries, helps maintain normal blood pressure)
  • Lowers the risk of diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels
  • May protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Can expand airways and ease breathing for asthmatics
  • Protects skin from UV rays
  • Has about half the caffeine of a standard cup of coffee

Oolong tea

  • May aid weight management (highly disputed) by increasing metabolism and reducing body fat
  • Helps alleviate skin conditions
  • Helps lower cholesterol [assuming they mean the bad kind here, but not specified]
  • Can help diabetics keep blood sugar levels under control

White tea

  • Has the highest antioxidant properties and helps fight aging and wrinkles
  • Low in caffeine
  • Contains more potent anticancer properties than processed teas, may help reduce risk of colon cancer
  • Studies [unnamed] show that can thin blood, improve artery function, and help blood pressure go down and stay down, protecting heart and circulatory system
  • Helps strengthen the immune system and prevent bacterial infections
  • May help reduce the risk of arthritis
  • Lessens symptoms of the common cold
  • May inhibit the growth of new fat cells

Pu-erh tea

  • Known to help lower cholesterol levels, boost blood flow, and improve circulation
  • Aids digestion
  • Has antioxidants that help remove toxins from the blood stream
  • Improves spleen function
  • Helps control blood sugar levels

Chaga tea

  • May help boost and strengthen the immune system
  • May help in preventing growth and lowering the risk of some cancers (breast, liver, uterus, stomach, etc.)
  • Has some anti-inflammatory properties
  • Boosts energy levels and supports increased stamina
  • Helps digestion and can prevent some stomach diseases

Chamomile (Camomile)

  • Great for treating sleep and stomach troubles
  • Antibacterial
  • Contains antioxidants that may help prevent complications from diabetes such as loss of vision and nerve and kidney damage
  • Retards growth of cancer cells
  • Helps stop gastrointestinal inflammation, prevents gas, and reduces stomach cramps
  • Eases irritable bowel syndrome
  • Helps with insomnia

Chrysanthemum

  • Has cooling properties that help to decrease body heat and is recommended for those with fever, sore throat, and other heat-related illnesses
  • Drunk with meals to help digestion, especially of greasy foods
  • Helps strengthen the lungs and relieve head congestion
  • Can help in the early stages of feverish types of flu
  • May also help relieve certain types of headaches, blurred vision and dizziness (dependent on the underlying cause)

Cinnamon
(true kind from Sri Lanka)

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Fights viruses
  • Increases antioxidants
  • Alleviates arthritis symptoms

Cloves

  • Relieves constipation

Dandelion

  • Stimulates digestion
  • Can be used to treat hepatitis, jaundice, and dyspepsia
  • Lessens hot flashes
  • Combats the formation of kidney stones

Echinacea

  • Lessens symptoms of the common cold

Elderflower

  • Lessens symptoms of the common cold

Fennel

  • Eases nausea

Ginger (dried)

  • Has antihistamine properties
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Eases motion sickness and nausea
  • Great flavor booster

Ginseng

  • Calming

Hibiscus

  • Refreshing
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Naturally high in vitamins
  • Diuretic
  • Helps lower cholesterol [assuming the bad kind here] and control atherosclerosis

Kava

  • Helps you sleep

Lavender

  • Calming

Lemon Balm

  • Has calming effects
  • Helps with the common cold and other respiratory issues
  • Alleviates digestive problems
  • Helps relieve headaches and toothaches

Peppermint

  • Decongestant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helps suppress the appetite
  • Eases bloated feeling in the stomach
  • Helps wake you up

Red Clover

  • Lessens menopausal symptoms
  • Can help protect against cardiovascular disease
  • Can reduce the prostate-specific antigen

Rooibos
(red bush)

  • Naturally caffeine-free
  • Has benefits for skin irritations
  • Contains cancer fighting properties
  • Helps lower cholesterol [assuming they mean the bad kind here] and control high blood pressure
  • Helps regenerate liver tissue
  • Helps reduce cramps and gastrointestinal distress
  • Helps reduce stress and protect the heart

Senna

  • Relieves constipation

Stinging Nettle

  • Recommended remedy for seasonal allergies
  • Energy booster
  • Great for treating arthritis

Yerba Mate

  • Helps open up respiratory passages
  • Lowers lipids, leading to reduced cholesterol [we’re assuming they mean the bad kind here] and lower blood pressure
  • May help convey a feeling of being full and prevent overeating, helping to reduce weight
  • Contributes to higher bone mineral density