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Health Benefits of Tea (Infographic)

Health Benefits of Tea (Infographic)

You know that tea keeps you warm from the inside out all winter long, but what about the health benefits of tea? That cuppa has some powerful medicinal properties!

Choosing the right tea for your health is only half of the equation, though. A good friend of mine is a self-proclaimed “tea nerd,” and she has hipped me to more detailed information on how to properly brew your tea. Different teas don’t just have different ideal steeping times. Did you know that there are also ideal water temperatures that help bring out the taste and the health benefits of tea? Teavana has a handy chart (it’s toward the bottom of this page) that shows you the temperature and brewing time for different tea varieties. It’s definitely worth looking over.

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From cancer prevention and immune system support to controlling cholesterol and high blood pressure, the health benefits of tea are myriad.

Health Benefits of Tea

The tea on this list range from common varieties to some that may be new to you! The two that I have not tried before were pu-erh and chaga teas, so I did a little bit of research on these varieties.

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Pu-erh tea was very interesting! As any tea-drinker knows, most tea gets stale when it sits on the shelf for too long, but according to Dr. Weil, pu-erh tea actually improves with age, “like a fine wine.” The aging process includes fermentation, and you know how good fermented food and drinks are for you!

The other new-to-me tea on this list – Chaga tea – is actually made from mushrooms. When you brew it it tastes a bit like coffee. Like many other teas, the longer you steep the more bitter it gets, so you might want to start with a short brewing time if you’re new to chaga tea and let it steep longer as your palate adjusts to the tea’s unique flavor.

This tea infographic comes from Sayan Health, and it looks at the health benefits of tea varieties. You probably have many of these teas in your pantry already, so put the kettle on while you read through these wonderful health benefits of tea. You can click on the infographic to view a full-sized version.

Health Benefits of Tea Infographic

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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9:37AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

There is something so good about a cup of hot tea to start your morning with. Yea baby!

6:32PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

I love tea. Hot, ice, sweet.. sigh

7:52PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

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7:38AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

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7:52AM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Pu-erh tea is my favorite but difficult to find in europe!

2:00AM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Thank you :)

12:56PM PST on Dec 24, 2013

I would drink tea if it had no health benefits. I love my cuppa.

8:08PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

I like "sleepy-time" tea at night, hubby is making me a cup right now! And I drink black tea at work, as the coffee there is awful!

2:56PM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Love tea.

10:57AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Tea seems to be much easier on my stomach than coffee. I just wish Americans would stop adulterating it with all sorts of other flavors. The only "mixed" tea I like is genmaicha, which has roasted rice added to it. Although the rice was added to reduce the cost of tea, the toasted flavor gives the tea a comfort food vibe which makes it ideal for replacing your morning coffee. Don't pay high prices for it, you can find instructions online for making your own. Matcha is similar, but stronger.

My other favorite is Lung Jing (Dragon Well) tea.

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