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A Wealth of Benefits from a Daily Cup of Tea

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

There are hundreds of tea varieties, all of which come from the same Camellia sinesis plant and vary based on growing conditions, when the leaves are harvested, and how the leaves are processed. These teas vary not only in flavor and caffeine amount, but also how they can help your senior loved one live a healthier life. Here are a few popular types of tea that are favorites among New Hampshire senior care experts and can lower your elderly loved one’s risk of disease while improving overall wellbeing.

Black Tea
Black tea accounts for 75% of the tea consumed in the world, and it has the highest amount of caffeine at 40mg per cup. Black tea has more thearubigin and theaflavin antioxidants than any other tea, which help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Drinking at least 3 cups per day can also lower cholesterol levels and reduce stroke risk by around 21%.

Oolong Tea
While it’s similar to black tea, oolong is not fermented as long and it has a deeper, richer flavor. Oolong can improve weight loss efforts by activating an enzyme that plays a role in dissolving dietary fats stored in the body. This type of tea also aids in digestions, promotes healthy skin and hair, and can help stabilize blood sugar.

Green Tea
Green tea is very high in catechin antioxidants, which offer dozens of health benefits. Along with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease by 10%, drinking green tea every day improves the body’s ability to burn fat, boosts brain function, and fights the development of cancer.

White Tea
White tea is the least processed type of tea and the purest. This type of tea can help prevent cancer and protect heart health. Clinical research that has not yet entered the human testing phase indicates it may help with glucose tolerance in people with diabetes.

What About Herbal Tea?
Herbal tea, or tisane, isn’t technically tea, as it isn’t made with leaves from the Camellia plant. Herbal teas fall into many categories, such as rooibos teas made from a South African bush and herbal infusions, which are made from herbs and flowers. Herbal tea can also offer health benefits, though. Here are some popular types of herbal tea: 

  • Peppermint tea, which relieves muscle spasms and bloating.
  • Ginger tea, which aids digestion and helps fight colds.
  • Chamomile tea, which is a mild sedative that has a calming effect.
  • Rooibos tea, which is high in antioxidants that help ward off disease and help with eczema.

To learn more about senior health and wellness, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of live-in care, and also offer New Hampshire hourly care for seniors who need minimal help on an as-needed basis. Call us today at 603-471-3004 to schedule a free in-home consultation.