Green TeaIt is said that the Chinese have been using green tea as a natural medicine for over 4000 years. The health benefits of green tea are more numerous than any other superfood I can think of. In the past decade it has become more and more famous and forgood reason. Green tea has been scientifically proven to reduce heart disease, diabetes, bad cholesterol levels, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, depression, tooth decay, blood pressure and even cancer. What makes green tea so unique is the fact that it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This is a very powerful antioxidant that kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.
Peppermint Tea If you suffer from digestive problems such as irritable bowelsyndrome or stomach aches, peppermint tea is a great naturalsolution. It is good for soothing stomach pains and unlike other teas it also contains omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is a heart- healthy substance that increases good cholesterol levels.
Ginger TeaGinger tea can reduce headaches, migraines, motion sicknessand vomiting. Well known as a culinary spice, ginger has been used as a medicinal herb for over 5000 years. It is made by steeping fresh, grated ginger root in boiling water. Other benefits include reduced heartburn, asthma, inflammation, stress, infection, bad breath and chronic pains.
Milk Thistle and Dandelion Tea These are actually two different types of teas that contain similar health benefits. Milk thistle and dandelion both cleanse and detox the liver. Dandelion leaves are full of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin K, vitaminC, calcium, potassium, manganese and iron. It is also commonly used as a natural diuretic. Milk thistle has protective effects on the liver and it’s function mainly due to the presence ofsilymarin, an extract used in preventing and curing liver disease.
Chamomile Tea A soothing and calming tea made from flowers, Chamomile ismost commonly used at nighttime as a sleep aid. It can help with stomach problems, being a good cure for aches and cramps. Chamomile also has antibacterial properties, which boosts the immunity and fights colds.