Teas that Improve Health
by Mary Duryea
For the health-conscious shopper, tea is an essential Co-op purchase. There are many
teas available that have multiple health benefits.
Here are just a few examples:
My personal favorite healthy tea is Rooibos. It’s an herbal tea, so you don’t have to worry
about caffeine. Even without the caffeine, you will find that it boosts your energy. It also
has a naturally sweet taste, so you won’t need to add sugar (or guilt!) to your morning
cuppa. And Rooibos is incredibly nutritionally rich, containing polyphenols and
minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium, and copper.
Plus it’s a source of alpha hydroxy acid, a natural exfoliant that is found in a lot of
beauty products. As if that wasn’t reason enough to add it to your shopping list, Rooibos
also comes packed with ingredients that will help you ward off disease and live a long,
healthy life. One of these ingredients is quercetin, which has been shown to strengthen
capillaries, helping to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Another is rutin, which can
help allergy sufferers. Finally, Rooibos’ antioxidant activity can sweep away free radicals
from your body. This will assist in reducing your risk of cancer.
Another tea with great health benefits is Tulsi (Holy Basil). This herb can improve your
immune system, reduce inflammation, and protect you from viruses and bacteria. It’s
also a source of essential oils, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, all of which help
your body fight cancer. And it’s an adaptogen, meaning it reduces the burden of
different stressors on the body, including those from emotions, pollution, pain, and
dietary choices. If the taste of this tea isn’t to your liking, it is also available as a
You also shouldn’t fail to try red raspberry leaf tea. This tea is particularly great for
expectant mothers. It helps to prevent miscarriages and will decrease the amount of
time you spend in labor―and who wouldn’t want that! It can also be used to raise
progesterone levels because it is a phytoprogesterone. But don’t think that its benefits
are limited to those who are expecting: raspberry tea is also good for preventing the flu
and, if you’re unlucky enough to already have the flu, it can promote a speedier recovery.
If you would like more information on this topic or other health issues, check out my
website: theessentiallifestyle.com. You can contact me for advice or to inquire about
health coaching services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Article as printed in the Potsdam Food Cooperative Community News.