1. Green Tea: This tea-time superstar has been consumed for thousands of years and is well known for its numerous health benefits. Green tea is extremely rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. This powerful antioxidant protects the body from free radical damage, and may help support healthy cardiovascular function.
2. Chamomile Tea: Known for its soothing properties, chamomile is an excellent herbal choice for a bedtime brew. Chamomile tea may also promote a normal inflammatory response, a healthy sleep-wake cycle and a welcome sense of relaxation after a long day.
3. Oolong Tea: What do oolong, green, black and white teas have in common? They’re made from the same plant, Camellia sinesis. The difference lies in the tea-making process ““ oolong is made from wilted, bruised and partially oxidized leaves. Like green tea, oolong contains an abundance of antioxidants, which may help protect cardiovascular and cellular health, and may even help support healthy skin and teeth (but beware of stains).
4. Valerian Tea: Another soothing herbal tea, valerian is commonly consumed at bedtime because it may promote a feeling of calm and relaxation. It may also help soothe minor menstrual discomforts and muscle spasms.
5. Peppermint Tea: This aromatic tea is popular during the winter months, but can be enjoyed year-round as a warm, yet refreshing treat. Peppermint tea may help soothe minor stomach discomfort, and the aroma is known to help stave off stress.
6. White Tea: Made from the same plant as green, black and oolong teas, the leaves that make up white tea are picked before maturity and steamed, resulting in a silky sweet flavor. White tea is brimming with potent antioxidant polyphenols, which help fight harmful free radicals. Studies have shown that white tea may also have germ-fighting capabilities.
7. Ginger Tea: Herbal tea made from ginger root is a versatile beverage, helping to soothe minor discomforts from stomach upset and nausea, headaches, sore throat, congestion and more. It may also have blood thinning effects, so please note that ginger tea may be contraindicated for certain health conditions or prescribed medicines.
8. Black Tea: By now, you’re probably well aware that black tea is made from Camellia sinesis and is full of potent polyphenol compounds with antioxidant powers. Try drinking it plain, as one study suggested that the addition of milk may lessen any cardio-protective benefits.
9. Hawthorn Berry Tea: Hawthorn berries contain natural compounds and antioxidants similar to those found in grapes and may help promote cardiovascular health, supporting blood pressure and cholesterol levels already in the normal range.
10. Milk Thistle Tea: A popular supplement to support the body’s natural cleansing, milk thistle is also found in tea form. It contains a natural compound known as silymarin, which may help support healthy liver function.
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