However, it is important to choose the right kind of herbal tea according to your needs. Although fruit flavored teas are immensely popular and perceived as ‘chic’, they actually have little to no therapeutic benefits. Herbal teas, on the other hand, will provide you with just the kind of relaxation you crave after a long day at work and can even help you lose weight in addition to maintaining good health.
With that, here are just some of the many reasons why you must add herbal teas to your diet:
1. It improves digestion
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According to a research conducted by Tufts University in Boston, it has been concluded that peppermint tea is highly recommended for better digestion. It has antiviral and antimicrobial properties that provide relief from diarrhea and cures an upset stomach.
Moreover, it aids in calming stomach muscles that slow down the progress of carcinogenic cells in the pancreas and liver. The phenolic constituents of peppermint tea include rosmarinic acid along with multiple flavonoids that consist of hesperidin and lutenin.
Models from this research have shown that it contributes to positive effects on the gastrointestinal tract and anesthetic and analgesic effects on the central and peripheral nervous system. Multiple clinical trials have also shown its soothing effects on irritable bowel syndrome. All in all, no harmful effects of peppermint tea have been discovered to date.
2. It’s an excellent way to detox
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Dandelion tea has been commonly used since the ages. Persians discovered the amazing medicinal properties of dandelion tea and it has been widely used ever since to improve digestion and assist in the better functioning of the liver.
It also helps in expelling kidney stones but it has only been recently discovered that dandelion tea is a great detox agent as well. This is because of the compounds present in its root – namely sesquiterpene lactones. These compounds cleanse the liver and enhance overall digestion by increasing the production of bile.
3. It helps to relieve insomnia
Insomnia is a fairly common problem these days. It has become ubiquitous among the teens of today and is usually coupled with stress, anxiety or depression. Some of the most common factors that lead to insomnia include extremely demanding school criteria and parental pressure on kids related to academics.As a result, many teens end up turning to stress-relieving drugs and potent medicines that result in dependency in the long run.
Passion flower tea is the safest and the most reliable option you can go for if you want to combat stress, insomnia or anxiety. It is rich in compounds such as alkaloids and flavonoids and according to a research conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Centre, it is as effective as the drug oxazepam for contesting anxiety.
Passion flower (passiflora incarnata) was originally used by the Americans after which its usage spread to Europe too. It has always been consumed as a treatment for anxiety, seizures, insomnia, and hysteria. Scientists at the University of Maryland Medical Centre concluded that passionflower works by increasing gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical in the brain, which slows down the activity of certain brain cells and assists in inducing feelings of relaxation.
4. It enhances memory
Turmeric tea is the beverage you should add to your diet if you aim to give your memory a boost and potentially prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia in the future. One particular research claimed that extracts of turmeric consist of agents that inhibit the formation of beta-amyloid – a substance that forms the plaques that obstruct cerebral function, resulting in Alzheimer’s disease. Tests done on mice concluded that turmeric extracts decrease beta-amyloid in the brain.
It has been found that India has the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s disease. This is because many dishes found in Indian cuisine contains turmeric, and hence, Indians generally consume more of this herb than the rest of the world’s population. This finding has led to a correlation between turmeric and cognitive health.
Other studies and research also conclude that turmeric and turmeric tea consist of agents that are anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic, which is an extremely important additional advantage of drinking turmeric tea.
5. It induces relaxation
We are all living extremely hectic and stressful lives where, at times, the workload tends to wear us down. This results in breakdowns and burnouts. With such busy routines, finding time to unwind ourselves in healthy and unharmful ways becomes a task too. As a result, we often forget to slow down our pace and relax. Luckily, drinking chamomile tea can easily help you relieve stress.
Moreover, chamomile tea aids in relaxation as well. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties but is best known for its soothing properties and promotes sleep too. According to a research, it has various restorative and preventative properties that lead to feelings of calmness.
To conclude, it won’t be wrong to say that herbal teas are highly underrated considering the benefits they provide to the body. Majority of us usually prefer caffeinated teas or fruit-flavored ones which provide almost no benefits and instead do more harm than good. On the other hand, herbal teas are full of benefits both for the mind and body and research has given us enough proof about their medicinal and healing properties. Now, all you have to do is incorporate them into your diet to see the change!
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