Health experts are always telling us how great drinking tea is, but which kind of tea is the best? Here are the top four teas – and why experts say they’re awesome:
- Darjeeling. The delicate tea from India’s Himalayan foothills is considered by many to be the best-tasting in the world. But Darjeeling steeped for five minutes also inhibits the growth of H. Pylori. It’s a pathogen that lives in the guts of half the world’s population, and can cause ulcers, and gastric cancer. Just drink it without milk because dairy makes Darjeeling less effective.
- Green tea or Oolong. A semi-fermented tea that ranges from light and sweet, to dark and woody. Drinking two cups a day reduces production of the enzyme that raises blood pressure, and can cut your risk of high blood pressure in half.
- Black Tea. The strong, fully-fermented tea contains four antioxidants that work to protect your brain, and prevent the formation of the plaque that contributes to brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Yerba Maté. A type of holly from South America that tastes a bit like grass. In lab tests, yerba maté literally caused colon cancer cells to self-destruct in test tubes. Just steep it in warm water, because hot water makes it bitter.