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Turns Out, Tea Is Even Healthier For You Than We Thought

Calling all tea lovers, you’re in luck!

Sweet tea may have a bad rep because of all the added sugars, but research shows that brewed tea offers a range of health benefits!

Each variety of tea offers a plethora of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Tea is particularly high in tannins, a type of antioxidant that has been shown to neutralize oxidized cells and reduce inflammation in the body.

Every type of tea is chock-full of nutrients.

There are four main types of caffeinated tea: black, green, white, and oolong.

Black tea contains the most caffeine and polyphenols. Some research shows that black tea plays a special role in preventing obesity by interfering with mechanisms of weight gain.

Green tea is known for its heart-healthy benefits. Flavonoids, a type of antioxidant in green tea, are thought to be the primary contributor to the cardiovascular system.

Matcha tea is a type of green tea that contains a higher caffeine content and a more robust flavor due to changes in farming and processing the leaves.

White tea is generally lower in caffeine levels and higher in fluoride which lends itself positively to dental health.

Oolong tea has many of the same benefits as other teas but with a "mellowed-out" flavor due to fermentation. Oolong tea also contains well-studied antioxidants—flavonoids and catechins.

Traditional eastern medicine has brewed a remedy for many afflictions. Tea has historically been served up as a remedy for ailments such as stomach aches to headaches.

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Tea is a great low-calorie caffeine alternative.

So long as you're not packing it with cream and sugar, tea is a healthy caffeine alternative. Many flavors of tea are crafted specifically to enjoy the subtle notes without additional sweeteners or additives.

If caffeine triggers the jitters for you, tea may be a safer bet. With a fraction of the caffeine content of coffee, tea offers a mild energizing effect with antioxidants to boot!

If you are wary of any caffeine content, you might try an herbal tea blend to reap the benefits of the vitamins and minerals without the buzz.

Tea helps with stress management.

One bonus of this brewed beverage is the benefit of stress relief!

From caffeinated tea to herbal tea, research continues to find ways in which tea supports our mental health by reducing anxiety, improving sleep quality, and boosting mood.

Chamomile and valerian root have been identified as natural sleep aids. Ashwagandha and peppermint have been shown to improve anxiety-related symptoms.

If that's not reason enough to buy into the brew, we don't know what is!

If you are still looking for the right fit, check out our review of The Best & Worst Teas in America in 2021—Ranked!

Caroline Thomason, RDN
Caroline is a women's health Registered Dietitian and diabetes educator based in Northern Virginia. Read more about Caroline
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