1.08.2010

Tea-ing Off

Today I received my Borrowed Earth Cafe (raw food restaurant in Downers Grove, IL) e-newsletter. I am borrowing text published under their Ask Aunt Edna section, in order to share the benefits of various tea varieties:

Green tea
Studies have been done to show green tea may help with weight loss and prevent or slow:
  • Cancer (bladder, colon, esophageal, stomach, and pancreas)
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Liver diseas
  • Tooth decay
Black tea
Naturally high in flavonoids which can:
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce inflammations
  • Improve blood flow
  • Maintains sugar levels
Examples: Jasmine, Earl Grey, English Breakfast

Oolong tea
Contains more polyphenols than black and green tea (which help protect against health conditions and diseases)
  • Revs metabolism to promote weight loss
  • Improves skin appearance
  • A cup contains half the caffeine of a cup of coffee
White tea
Studies have shown that white tea may:
  • Boost immune systems
  • Prevent dental plaque buildup
  • Protect skin cell damage
Herbal tea
An infusion of anything from dried leaves, pieces of ripe fruit, flowers, grasses, nuts, barks, seeds or other botanicals that give the tea it's flavor or health benefit.

Examples:
Hibiscus - reduces high blood pressure and helps with menstrual cramps
Peppermint - calming and aids stomach and digestive problems
Chamomile - calming and anti-inflammatory

Rooibos tea
Herbal red tea that has no caffeine:
  • Many natural minerals and antioxidants
  • Contains aspalathin, a flavonoid, that protects against heart disease
  • Anti-inflammatory and calming properties
  • Aids in digestive problems, nausea, stomach cramps, and constipation

PS #1 - I tried finding a URL for their latest newsletter and linking it here, but I was unsuccessful. Perhaps there isn't yet a repository for their newsletters on their website.

PS #2 - My latest tea acquisition is a Twinnings naturally decaffeinated English Breakfast Tea box (teabags), which is perfect with lemon or lime and a couple of spoons of raw, organic, demerara.