Steep, Sip, and Savour the Goodness

"Enjoying a soothing cup of tea is a popular pastime around the world. In fact, tea is the second most widely consumed beverage globally, after water."

This popularity stems from its relative cost – it is the cheapest beverage humans consume besides water. Brewing a cup of your favourite tea from the over 3,000 varieties available today can deliver numerous research-backed health benefits. 


 Ancient traditions 

Drinking tea for its health-promoting benefits is a habit steeped in ancient traditions, with modern research providing a growing body of scientific evidence that backs this belief. 


Humans have cultivated the tea plant Camellia sinensis for thousands of years, using the leaves from this evergreen native of China mainly for medicinal purposes.


Today, people use tea to relax, in social settings, and for its various potential health benefits as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. The teas we consume today often include herbal teas, which are not made from the Camellia plant but from dried herbs, spices, flowers, fruit, seeds, roots, or leaves of other plants. These teas do not typically contain caffeine like traditional teas.


 Antioxidant powerhouses 

Various studies suggest that the it is the polyphenolic compounds (catechins and theaflavins) found in herbal teas like chamomile, hibiscus and ginger teas (also known as tisanes), and green (non-fermented), oolong (semi-fermented) and black (fermented) teas are associated with numerous beneficial health effects. 


The antioxidant effects of these compounds help to reduce inflammation and reduce the risk or help treat various conditions, including cardiovascular diseases, particularly atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease, and various cancers


Other potential health benefits associated with tea consumption include their anti-ageing, anti-diabetic, digestive function and calming effects


 Rooibos at a glance 

  • Rich in antioxidants, which may help reduce inflammation and improving cardiovascular health and function.
  • Studies suggest rooibos may improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels, potentially benefiting people with type 2 diabetes.


 Chamomile at a glance 

  • Known for its calming properties, studies suggest it might promote sleep quality.
  • Chamomile might aid digestion by reducing inflammation in the gut to possibly reduce cramps caused by smooth muscle spasms.


 Oolong tea at a glance 

  • Rich in polyphenols, particularly theaflavins and thearubigins, which may help to reduce cell damage and inflammation.
  • Studies affirm various health-promoting functions, including anticancer, anti-cardiovascular, antimicrobial, hypoglycaemic, and hepatoprotective effects.
  • Some studies suggest that oolong tea may aid in weight management by modestly boosting metabolism and promoting fat burning due to its caffeine and theacrine content.
  • Contains fluoride, manganese, and other minerals beneficial for bone and teeth health.
  • L-theanine, an amino acid found in oolong tea, is known for its calming and focus-enhancing effects


 Ginger tea at a glance 

  • Often used for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
  • May help ease nausea and promote healthy digestion.


Hibiscus tea at a glance 

  • Rich in antioxidants, which may help lower blood pressure. However, those with underlying health conditions should consult with their medical practitioner as this tea can potential interact with medications.
  • Some research suggests that hibiscus extract can help reduce body weight and body fat.


 Choose your brew 

The quality and strength of herbal teas can vary, so choose reputable brands and follow the brewing instructions outlined on the box.


Incorporating these herbal teas into a healthy and balanced lifestyle will ensure you can enjoy the potential health benefits while savouring the flavours and enjoying this popular pastime. Remember, life is often more brew-tea-ful with a cup of tea, so get steeping! 


The Lifestyle Food herbal tea range available exclusively from Dis-Chem offers various options to suit any taste or preference. 



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