With a raging headache and a box of tissue, you stumble into the tea aisle of your local health food store. But which one will soothe your congestion? While all teas have a host of health benefits, some are superstars at one thing, so we scoured the scientific literature to recommend the best brew for you.
If your cold and flu season seems like it lasts all year, try some freshly-brewed peppermint tea. Its high menthol content acts like a natural decongestant and expectorant. If that weren’t enough, the benefits of peppermint tea read like a bottle of multi-symptom cold medicine: antimicrobial, antiviral, and pain relieving. With no caffeine and few side effects, peppermint tea is our new go-to from November to March.
Whether you’re strained from a hard workout or a hard day at work, naturally caffeine-free rooibos tea improves stress resistance and promotes longevity under stress, according to research conducted by researchers from the German Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology.
There are 100 reasons to drink green tea, but its benefits for body composition are impressive. Numerous studies show that green tea is effective at inducing weight loss and reducing BMI and waist circumference. However, these effects are reversed if you’re swapping the hot-brewed beverage for a cold bottled tea, according to an article published in the European Journal of Nutrition. So pull out your tea kettle and brew it fresh.
Skip your daily latte in favor of a cup of black tea if you feel the need to detoxify your body from environmental and dietary toxins such as cigarette smoke, poor air quality, and non-organic foods. Over decades of study, John Weisburger, PhD, a senior researcher at the Institute for Cancer Prevention in New York, has found that both black and green tea modify the metabolism to detoxify harmful chemicals.
High Blood Pressure
A review* of several randomized clinical trials found that drinking hibiscus tea daily was as effective at lowering blood pressure as the commonly used blood pressure medication Captropril. The deep red tea also shows promise for reducing total cholesterol levels.
Green tea is so amazing — especially for women — that we had to list it twice. In a three-year study conducted in Los Angeles, researchers found that increased consumption of green tea correlated with a reduced risk of breast cancer, independent of body weight. Raise your glass of green tea to a slender waist and healthy tatas.