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Trendy Tea ~ Sip Your Way to Health and Relaxation

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
October 29, 2015
File under: Organic, Stress Relief, Weight Control

There is simple elegance in the ritual of preparing and sipping a cup of tea.

Drinking green tea has been documented for 4,000 years and what began as medicine has grown to become the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. These days, tea drinking can be quite the adventure with an amazing range of choices.

Buddha Teas was founded by John Boyd, who was born in the U.K., heavily immersed in the culture of tea. Launched in 2009, today Buddha Teas offers 120 organic teas including more than 80 single-ingredient herbal teas. (VIDEO)

According to John Weisburger, PhD, senior researcher at the Institute for Cancer Prevention in Valhalla, N.Y., tea has about eight to ten times the polyphenols found in fruits and vegetables.

Tea appears to have antimicrobial qualities[1] and studies have found some teas help lower cholesterol[2], fight cancer[3], diabetes[4] and heart disease[5], promote weight loss[6] and encourage mental alertness.

There are four main types of traditional tea, black, green, oolong and white tea, which all come from the same tea plant, but are processed differently. It has been shown that drinking tea can help prevent the blindness caused by cataracts characterized by the clouding of the lens inside the eye.[7]

Feeling stressful? Relaxing with a cup of tea is universally considered a calming antidote and there now seems to be a scientific basis for that. A study conducted over six weeks in 2006 found that drinking four cups of tea daily caused cortisol levels to drop.[8] Black tea has been shown to reduce stress and promote relaxation most effectively[9]

Cortisol is often referred to as the stress hormone.  Tea consumption was found in both studies to reduce the impact of cortisol, slowing the aging process and assisting in weight control.

Herbal teas are infusions from plants, fruits and spices and not from the traditional tea plant. Sometimes called tisanes, herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free and made not only from leaves but also can include the seeds, flowers or roots, even fungi. Herbal tea is caffeine-free and a perfectly simple way to access the health benefits of herbs.

Buddha Teas has crafted a unique line of seven Chakra Teas. These seven blends of herbs that are known to resonate with each chakra are further empowered by infusing the essence of crystals.

I found their green teas, especially the Sencha Green Tea and Cranberry Green Tea to be particularly flavorful and stimulating. For me, Buddha Teas line of Chakra Teas are really a standout and seem positively magical!

Preparing and sipping tea is a peaceful and relaxing practice with many health benefits. Buddha Teas vast selection of teas, include a broad diversity of herbs, spices and other tea ingredients that include many unique blends

They say that Buddha Teas are ‘Positively Enlightening! I have not yet tried all 120 Buddha Teas, but I am definitely going to give it a try!

Marie Oser
is a best-selling author, writer/producer and host of VegTV. Follow Marie on Twitter

[1] Mikio Nakayama et al. Antiviral effect of catechins in green tea on influenza virus, Antiviral Research, Vol. 68, No. 2, Nov. 2005, pp. 66-74.

[2] Anqi Zhang, Ping Tim Chan, Yan Shun Luk, Walter Kwok^Keung Ho, Zhen-Yu Chen

Inhibitory effect of jasmine green tea epicatechin isomers on LDL-oxidation. Volume 8, Issue 6, June 1997, Pages 334–340

[3] Sun CL, Yuan JM, Koh WP, Yu MC. Green tea, black tea and breast cancer risk: a meta-analysis of epidemiological studies. Carcinogenesis. 2006 Jul;27(7):1310-5.

[4] Liu K, Zhou R, Wang B, Chen K, Shi LY, Zhu JD, Mi MT. Effect of green tea on glucose control and insulin sensitivity: a meta-analysis of 17 randomized controlled trials. m J Clin Nutr. 2013 Aug;98(2):340-8.

[5] Fujita H, Yamagami T. Antihypercholesterolemic effect of Chinese black tea extract in human subjects with borderline hypercholesterolemia. Nutr Res. 2008 Jul;28(7):450-6.

[6] Tomonori Nagao, Tadashi Hase, Ichiro Tokimitsu. A Green Tea Extract High in Catechins Reduces Body Fat and Cardiovascular Risks in Humans. Obesity, Volume 15, Issue 6, pages 1473–1483, June 2007

[7] Thiagarajan G, Chandani S, Sundari CS, Rao SH, Kulkarni AV, Balasubramanian D. Antioxidant properties of green and black tea, and their potential ability to retard the progression of eye lens cataract. Exp Eye Res. 2001 Sep;73(3):393-401.

[8] Steptoe A, Gibson EL, Vuononvirta R, Williams ED, Hamer M, Rycroft JA, Erusalimsky JD, Wardle J. The effects of tea on psychophysiological stress responsivity and post-stress recovery: a randomised double-blind trial. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2007 Jan;190(1):81-9. Epub 2006 Sep 30.

[9] The effects of tea on psychophysiological stress responsivity and post-stress recovery: a randomised double-blind trial , Psychopharmacology, Vol. 190, No. 1, Jan. 2007.

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