Whether you are already a tea lover or not, there is a good reason to sample some of the teas on our list of top ten to try, as they all provide some pretty impressive health benefits.
1. Hibiscus Tea. Derived from the bright flowers of the hibiscus plant, this tea is known for its refreshing and sometimes tart taste. Whether you enjoy it hot or iced, hibiscus tea will work wonders when it comes to lowering problematic high blood pressure. In one study, male soccer players saw an impressive decrease in oxidative stress, after taking hibiscus tea extract for six weeks. If you are taking a diuretic medication called hydrochlorothiazide, you may want to avoid hibiscus tea, as the two could have a negative interaction with one another. There is also proof that hibiscus tea may deter the properties found in aspirin, shortening its effects.
2. Lemon Balm Tea. This refreshing citrus tea is proven to better the elasticity of the arteries, which lessens your chances of stroke, mental decline and heart disease. From a physical appearance standpoint, lemon balm tea also improves the skin elasticity, which has a tendency to decline when we age. As an added bonus, participants in a study showed an increase in the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, when they drank lemon balm tea twice a day for two days.
3. Sage Tea. Brain health is a bonus for drinking sage tea and has shown to be majorly beneficial for cognitive function as well as fighting off the plaques involved in Alzheimer’s disease. In a study that included Alzheimer’s patients, cognitive function was improved when oral sage drops or sage oil was taken regularly. In addition, mood, mental function, and memory in healthy adults have been enhanced as a result of taking some form of sage extract.
4. Passionflower Tea. Much like chamomile tea, passionflower tea promotes sleep and relaxation. It also improves anxiety and one study showed that it worked just as good as anxiety-relieving medication. In general, passionflower tea promotes a sense of calmness that can be beneficial for those who are prone to worry and tension.
5. Rose Hip Tea. Made from the fruit of the rose plant, this tea is high in vitamin C and beneficial plant compounds which causes it to have anti-inflammatory properties. For those who have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, rose hip tea does wonders for reducing inflammation.
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