Healthy living with Himalayan Nectar

Tea is officially miraculous for your health. But before loading up on your favorite beverage ingredient, make sure that your “tea” is actually tea. Real tea is derived from a particular plant (Camellia sinensis) and includes only four varieties: green, black, white, and oolong. Anything else (like herbal “tea”) is an infusion of a different plant and isn’t technically tea.

WHITE TEA

Himalayan Nectar's Imperial White tea are very light oxidized. The Leaves and buds grown from white tea are actually picked the day before the shoots open, which is attributed to the delicate nature and subtle quality of White Tea. White Tea has a greater concentration of polyphenols than Green tea and thus have strongest anti-cancer potential among all teas. Two recent studies, in US universities found that white tea is the most beneficial of all brews, rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants and capable of boosting the body’s immune system even more then the green tea. Drinking White tea helps your body protect two proteins essential for improving & repairing skin collagen. White tea can also be applied directly to skin in more serious cases. Just soak a clean piece of fabric in your freshly-brewed tea and massage it into affected areas.

GOLDEN NEEDLE BLACK TEA

Himalayan Nectar's Golden Needle tea leaves are dried and rolled before long fermentation. It has many health benefits, including positive effects on weight loss, nausea, high cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, digestive issues, inflammation, and certain forms of cancer. Most of these health benefits come from the low-calorie count and high antioxidant concentrations, including phenolic compounds, flavonoids, catechins, and a small amount of caffeine. These active compounds can prevent oxidation stress and reduce chronic diseases, while also suppressing appetite and balancing the bacterial environment in your gut.

BLACK TEAS

Researchers attribute tea’s health properties to polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) and phyto-chemicals.

Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.

Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack. Tea might also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.

The antioxidants in tea might help protect against a boatload of cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas cancers. But don’t rely solely on tea to keep a healthy body — tea is not a miracle cure, after all. While more studies than not suggest that tea has cancer-fighting benefits, the current research is mixed.

Tea helps fight free radicals. Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity (“ORAC” to its friends), which is a fancy way of saying that it helps destroy free radicals (which can damage DNA) in the body. While our bodies are designed to fight free radicals on their own, they’re not 100 percent effective — and since damage from these radical oxygen ninjas has been linked to cancer, heart disease and neurological degeneration, we’ll take all the help we can get.

Tea is hydrating to the body (even despite the caffeine!).

Drinking tea is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. When considered with other factors like smoking, physical activity, age and body mass index, regular tea drinking was associated with a lowered risk of Parkinson's disease in both men and women.

Tea might provide protection from ultraviolet rays. We know it’s important to limit exposure to UV rays, and we all know what it’s like to feel the burn. The good news is that green tea may act as a back-up sunscreen.

Tea could keep waist circumference in check. In one study, participants who regularly consumed hot tea had lower waist circumference and lower BMI than non-consuming participants. Scientists speculate that regular tea drinking lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome (which increases the risk of diabetes, artery disease and stroke), although it’s important to remember that correlation does not equal causation.

Regular tea drinking might also counteract some of the negative effects of smoking and might even lessen the risk of lung cancer (good news, obviously, but not a justification for cigarettes).

Tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars. Tea can help the body recover from radiation. One study found that tea helped protect against cellular degeneration upon exposure to radiation, while another found that tea can help skin bounce back post exposure.

Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.

Tea might be an effective agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, especially degenerative diseases (think Alzheimer’s). While many factors influence brain health, polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.

Though most research on tea is highly positive, it’s not all definitive — so keep these caveats in mind before stocking up on gallons of the stuff:

GREEN TEAS

Green Tea Contains Bio-active Compounds That Improve Health.

Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter.

Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance.

Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Some Types of Cancer.

Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection.

Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.

Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Obesity.

Green Tea May Help You Live Longer.

The Bottom Line

Leaf tea is a great option if you are looking for a low-calorie, non-sweetened beverage with less caffeine than coffee or energy drinks. It has a strong, unique flavor and contains plenty of antioxidants, which can provide several health benefits. These include improved cholesterol, better gut health and decreased blood pressure. Best of all, it’s simple to make and can easily be found at many stores or online. If you haven’t done so before, consider trying black tea so you can reap its numerous health benefits.