From brighter skin to an immunity boost…find your top tea
Steeped in history and a quintessential British-culture staple, like all the very best discoveries, tea is said to be the result of a happy accident thousands of years ago in China. And today, tea continues to be a big part of the daily routine for many cultures around the world.
Usually a warm beverage, tea if nothing else has a comforting and soothing effect, often the drink of choice for a number of key life occasions from your every-morning caffeine hit, to a post-crisis calmer.
True tea (green, black, white and oolong) comes from the plant Camellia sinensis, and aside from being a relaxing remedy, research has shown so many health benefits from brightening your complexion to giving your immunity a boost, tea and beautiful herbal teas are top when it comes to your health.
WHITE TEA…FOR BRIGHT SKIN
White tea contains more leaves and buds than black or green tea, and the leaves are often steamed immediately after picking which means white tea has a higher concentration of catechin, an antioxidant which helps reduce oxidative stress on the skin. White tea is also said to help your body stay hydrated, retaining moisture which in turn minimises the effect of fine lines and wrinkles.
BLACK TEA…A GOOD HEALTH ALL ROUNDER
Research indicates that from the moment you take a sip, black tea starts working its magic! Polyphenols inhibit cavity-causing bacteria and their enzymes, reducing plaque formation. Tannins have the ability to fight viruses and alkylamine antigens help boost your immune response improving your overall wellbeing. Black tea is also associated with a lower risk of diabetes and stronger bones thanks to phytochemicals! Plus tea makes you happy1!
PEPPERMINT TEA…REST AND DIGEST
Simply refreshing with its minty aroma, peppermint is good for the skin, for fresh breath, and helping fight gingivitis. Peppermint is best known for aiding digestion, by helping relax the digestive tract, reduce bloating and soothe symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome2.
GINGER TEA…THE IMMUNE BOOSTER
High in vitamin C, magnesium and other essential minerals, ginger tea is your go-to immune booster, a great brew to keep you going through colder months. Ginger also appears to be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness3.
GREEN TEA…THE ANTIOXIDANT BOOSTER
By avoiding the fermentation process involved in the making of black tea, green tea retains the maximum amount of antioxidants! Green tea contains B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium and magnesium, and an abundance of free-radical fighting antioxidants4!
ROOIBOS TEA…THE ENERGY BOOSTER
Rooibos tea contains rare nutrients including quercetin and bioflavonoids that assist with good blood flow and circulation. Quercetin is often added to supplements taken by athletes to help boost physical performance, with bioflavonoids contributing to good heart health and combating atherosclerosis – for your daily energy increase5!
MATCHA TEA…GREEN TEA TIMES TWO
Matcha tea gives you all of the energy of a caffeinated drink, with none of the crash by delivering caffeine slowly to your body. Matcha literally means ‘powered tea’, the whole leaves are ingested offering a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea6. This method of drinking green tea is said to help you stay focussed longer and enhance your mental acuity7! Full of essential vitamins and minerals, it’s also a strong antioxidant.