What Nutrients Are In My Tea?
Tea is hydrating and holds nutrients we need for nourishment and growth. The theanine found in tea is an amino acid that promotes both brain function and relaxation. Tea is also a source of antioxidants that boost the immune system and help reduce inflammation and promote healthy cells.
All tea, black, oolong, green, and white, comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, and contains similar nutrients and caffeine. It’s all in how it’s processed that sets each tea apart and gives them their distinctive flavors.
Tea holds a variety of other nutrients including polyphenols, EGCG and additional antioxidants, Vitamins B2 and C, beta-carotene and folic acid. Black tea’s flavonoids may help reduce cholesterol. Green tea well-known for its antioxidants. And White tea is the least processed so it just may contain even higher amounts of polyphenols.
Other steeped beverages like and Yerba Mate, Rooibos and Honeybush are full of vitamins and minerals as well.
Yerba Mate, a South American plant, contains caffeine plus many minerals including calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Abundant vitamins include A, C, E, B1, B2, niacin (B3) and B5. Plus having 15 amino acids and antioxidants, it’s a powerhouse.
Rooibos, a plant from South Africa, brews up a fantastic drink. With a fruity and woodsy, mellow taste, it is enjoyed as a naturally caffeine-free herbal infusion. Rooibos contains flavonoids and is used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Rooibos also is loaded with polyphenols and may benefit the digestive system.
Hibiscus tisanes are bold, tart and full of flavor. They are rich in antioxidants and full of vitamin C. Hibiscus tisanes may aid in support of the immune system, stimulate metabolism, and may increase energy levels.
And of course, we drink this great variety of teas because they are full of flavor and taste great — Cheers!
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