Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, are infusions made from plants' leaves, flowers, seeds, fruit, roots, or other plant parts. Even though they are called herbal "teas" they do not come from the tea plant. Some commercially made tisanes do contain real tea leaves, though. Herbal teas are becoming very popular because of their good taste and their many medical benefits.
Major Benefits of Green Tea
Some of the major benefits of green tea are as follows :-
Intake of green tea has shown to prevent the onset of arthritis. It increase the metabolism rate of body and result in brining of greater calories.
Green tea helps to strengthen the immune system as well as fight infections.
It helps in lowering blood pressure, blood sugar levels and LDL.
This green tea also helps in preventing the formation of clots in the blood, heart attacks, strokes and other heart diseases.
Strengthen teeth, reduces cavities and fight against tooth decay.
Gargling with green tea is highly recommended in flue.
Regular intake of green tea reduces the risk of cancer.
The antioxidant affect also helps in delaying the onset of old age.
The caffeine constituent of green tea speeds up the metabolism and gives instant energy.
Burdock, hawthorn, and nettle are used for blood- and blood pressure-related cases. Herbals such as valerian and St John's Wort help relieve individuals suffering from stress or some other mental or emotional problem. Yarrow and lemon balm help strengthen the digestive system. An individual with altitude sickness will feel better after a blend with mate de coca. Okinawa natives believe that longevity is improved by drinking hibiscus, which is often mixed with rosehip. It should be noted that herbal teas actually use ingredients such as seeds or roots, fresh or dried flowers and leaves. These plant parts are either placed in boiling water, or allowed to steep after the water is poured over them. The tea can then be served after remnants are strained and the flavor is adjusted to taste.
Despite these extensive health benefits from consumption, care should still be taken before any individual drinks herbal tea, which is also referred to as herbal infusion, ptisan or tisane. The basic tea combination involves dried herb, flower or fruit and boiling water. Of these ingredients, consumers must remember that not all herbs can be used to make tea. This means finding out to ensure that the herb to be mixed into the drink is safe for consumption.
- Take Caution
This cautious stance is one supported by the US Food and Drug Administration. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition toxicologist Sara Henry noted that the impact of different concentrations of the drink in consumers could not be accurately predicted. The agency has given its approval only for a few herbs and spices as part of flavorings due to limited data on other herbs. Natural products chemist Sam Page adds that a high number of toxicity cases reported to the FDA unit involved individuals who brewed home-grown herbs and had limited experience and knowledge on the subject. In addition, research indicates that the anti-oxidant and other health benefits from drinking tea can be achieved only if an individual consumes several cups on a daily basis - a practice that ironically may actually be detrimental to health due to the beverage's caffeine content.
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