Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. All the various “true” teas like black, green, oolong, and white tea provide a rich source of antioxidants, cancer fighting compounds, and seem to aid in just about every health condition.
As great as these teas are, there are also a lot of herbal teas out there filled with health promoting and fat burning qualities. Let’s take a look at some of the best teas out there:
- Green Tea: Green tea is rich in a compound called EGCG that has shown benefits for protecting against cancer, oxidative stress, heart disease, and is used to aid in fat loss.
- White Tea: White tea has the highest antioxidant levels of all the true teas.
- Gynostemma Tea: Gynostemma is an herb that has many benefits similar to ginseng in that it helps balance the body’s systems and build up defense against stress. Some of the longest lived people in China were found to drink gynostemma tea on a regular basis. It is caffeine free. My preferred source is Spring Dragon Longevity Tea from Dragon Herbs. dragonherbs.com/prodinfo.asp?number=601
- Yerba Matte Tea: Yerba matte is very similar to green tea in that it is often drank to boost energy, without burning you out. It also is traditionally drank as a weight loss aid and is even higher in antioxidants than green tea.
- Rooibos Tea: Like other teas, rooibos is very high in antioxidants, including antioxidants that can’t be found in any other tea, but it is free from caffeine.
- Chamomile Tea: Chamomile is a popular night time tea because of its ability to relax the nerves and help one wind down. But its benefits go even further to reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, and protecting against diabetes.
- Horsetail and Nettle Tea: This combination is the ideal formula for improving bone health. These plants contain high amounts of silica (and magnesium) which may be even more important than calcium for building strong bones.
- Pau d’Arco and Cat’s Claw (Una De Gato): These herbs from the Amazon rainforest are two of the most powerful anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial herbs out there. People suffering from fungal/yeast infections as well as health complications from various bacterial and viral infections (or simply wishing to prevent infection and stay healthy) have noticed great benefit from utilizing multiple cups of these teas daily.
Of course, just about any medicinal herb can be made into a “tea.” Here are a few good sources of healthy herbal teas to meet your specific health needs: