Yesterday, I sent you a fascinating article on how drinking tea may lower your risk of cognitive decline by 50%.
A new study from the National University of Singapore found a cup of tea a day can help decrease your risk of dementia – especially for those who are genetically predisposed to the debilitating disease.
Today, I want to share with you three different types of tea to add to your daily routine that can help you live healthier- for longer.
Remember, along with these groundbreaking statistics, the research also noted that the type of tea consumed didn’t matter.
The only requirement was that the tea must be brewed from leaves.
Tea #1 Rooibos
A South American tea that is caffeine free makes Rooibos a go to drink anytime of the day.
Rooibos is a potent stress reliever and can be effective at treating nervous tension and high blood pressure.
This tea acts as a brochodilator, which not only relieves respiratory conditions, but also reduces blood pressure, a key factor in heart disease.
Rooibos contains Aspalathin, a unique antioxidant, which helps to balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance, and improve the glucose absorption by muscles.
These benefits create a powerful defense against type 2 diabetes, one of the most dangerous and fastest growing health conditions today.
By balancing blood sugar, rooibos tea can also protect people that already have diabetes by preventing the spikes and drops of blood sugar that are so detrimental to their health.
Other benefits of rooibos tea include relief of headaches , insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, allergies, and kidney stones.
Tea #2 Hibiscus Tea
Known for its tart flavor and flamboyant red color, hibiscus is a refreshing drink hot or cold.
Studies have shown that drinking 2 – 3 cups of Hibiscus tea a day helps rid the body of free radicals, which helps protect against heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and cancer.
Hibiscus tea also contains something called hibiscus protocatechuic acid which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties.
A study conducted by the Department and Institute of Biochemistry at the Chung Shan Medical and Dental College, in Taichung, Taiwan suggests that hibiscus slows down the growth of cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis, commonly known as programmed cell death.
Hibiscus tea is rich in Vitamin C, another potent anti-oxidant powerhouse nutrient used to boost and stimulate the activity of your immune system.
Tea #3 Pu-erh
Pu-erh tea was first popularized by the Han Dynasty in China all the way back around the year 25CE. It is treasured for its many health benefits.
Most notability, it possesses unique fat-burning properties different from any other tea.
With obesity being one of the leading causes of death, maintaining a healthy body fat level is a key to longevity and exceptional aging.
During the fermentation process of this tea, microorganisms form on the pu-erh leaves, specifically bacteria known as aspergillus niger and saccharomyces.
Once consumed, A. niger and saccharomyces (both fungi) are utilized by your GI system as a source for beneficial digestive enzymes to take action.
These enzymes work with bacteria to break down foods as they enter the GI tract.
They break down carbs, fats and proteins into simpler substances that allow the healthy bacteria to utilize them.
Basically, what’s happening is your body is able to use food as a fuel source more efficiently.
In turn, this can prevent excess weight gain you might more normally experience.
The fat-burning ability of pu-erh is a two-headed spear, since it can contain as much as 100 milligrams of caffeine in a standard cup.
(To compare, an 8-ounce cup of black tea could contain about 47 mg, while a similar amount of coffee can have 150 mg on average.
The fat-burning effects of caffeine are very well-proven …
Caffeine jumpstarts the process of lipolysis, which is when your body releases free fatty acids into the bloodstream.
Meaning, caffeine boosts your metabolism and helps you burn fat.
All three of these teas are sure fire ways to add anti-aging and cognitive function preserving benefits into your daily diet.
Other healthy teas to drink include green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea. Jasmine tea, matcha, and many more.
What’s your tea of choice?
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