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What's Your Cup of Tea?
Anne Mari Ronquillo
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Nothing makes you feel like a proper madam quite like a cup of tea. Tea leaves were once as desirable as opiates, and were vital commodities during the era of British colonization. This is a dark, yet captivating history that you may want to learn about the next time you’re at a posh tea shop (maybe ask your server). Luckily, these days, you don’t have to be so fancy because chances are, you’re already regularly steeping tea at home.

What does tea do to my body?
Aside from the many skincare benefits it offers, tea is beneficial to our wellness, too! The active ingredients in tea include caffeine, which you’ll be getting 25 milligrams of in a single cup. It’s still not as strong as coffee’s punch, but some of us are just into that gentle flow, jitter-free.

The camellia sinensis plant produces green, black, oolong, and white teas. Each is packed with antioxidants that vary depending on the kind of tea. They all aid in lowering cholesterol levels which we know would help reduce the chances of cardiovascular illnesses. Laboratory research has also shown that green tea in particular helps slow down and prevent growth of cancer cells in the liver, colon, prostate, and breast.

Meanwhile, chamomile tea is widely marketed for its calming effects. This flowery blend has the same anti-cancer benefits and can even reduce complications from diabetes. Another trendy variant, roobois tea (red tea), is sought after for its benefits on the skin and hair, not to mention its rich vitamin and mineral content.

Echinacea is another medicinal plant that’s been used in the pre-antibiotic era for healing. The tea blend is known for its immune-system boosting abilities that help ward off flu, infections, and other maladies. It’s so comforting to think that we can get all this from a cup of hot, flavored fluid.

Are there any teas that I should stay away from?
We’re glad you asked. Yes! Some herbs have to be consumed with caution because you’ll never know which one will give you an adverse effect. Willow bark tea is often recommended for menstrual cramps, but this potent herb is also a treasure trove of side effects. For one, it reduces blood flow to the kidney, so unless you’ve been evaluated to be head-to-toe healthy, just steer clear of exotic-sounding cocktails.

Are iced milk teas (with boba) healthy?
Let’s not kid ourselves. While tea itself is beneficial, you might be offsetting these health points with all the extras in your fun-filled cup of bubble tea. The tapioca pearls are all carbs and with negligible nutritional value, and the flavored sweeteners are just upping your sugar levels. They’re a nice treat every now and then, though!

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