Whether you drink yours at breakfast, mid morning break or pre bed time, there is nothing better than a hot cup of tea.
With 50% of Australians drinking at least one cup a day, tea is a chosen drink by many and can be a healthful addition to your day. Caffeinated or herbal, fruity or spiced, hot or cold--there’s a cup for everyone.
Read on for a run-down of some well-loved and healthy teas.
Tip for consumption: A group of cardiologists and scientists discovered that the casein proteins in milk bind to the heart-healthy compounds and prevent their positive effect. To reap some benefits, try either drinking it black at times or opt for almond or soy milk.
Rooibos is a red, antioxidant rich and caffeine-free tea. There is some evidence to support its ability to help ease feelings of stress by acting on the adrenal glands’ release of hormones.
Hibiscus tea has a pleasant, tangy taste and is another caffeine free option. It has an antioxidant content higher than even matcha green tea powder. This may be one of the healthiest things we can drink given the benefits of antioxidants!
This traditional herbal tea has been used to soothe many ailments such as inflammation, ulcers, insomnia, and stomach problems. It’s a wonderful match with lavender as a caffeine-free nightcap when you’re too stressed for sleep.
This tea is light, refreshing, and easy to drink any time of day! Its powerful antioxidant capacities were shown to reduce DNA damage and oxidative stress in a study on radiology workers. Next time you’re flying high in a plane or getting x-rays, opt for a cup of lemon grass to help protect your cells.
Which will you try?
No matter your pick, there’s no doubt that tea is a healthy, hydrating option for those who struggle to drink enough water during the day. Just make sure to stick to the least amount of sugar possible--if any!