By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
Looking for the best teas to drink for your health? Get the scoop on the best tea brands, including the best green tea brand and the best black tea.
One of my favorite beverages is actually hot water with a spin: tea. I drink several glasses day to stay warm. And between my stashes, I have at least 50 varieties to choose from!
If you were to come over to my house, you'd find a cupboard overflowing with tea. I love tea and not only because it provides so much flavor for so few calories. I find drinking a cup of tea to be an incredibly calming activity.
And tea has some pretty major health benefits. Our ancestors were onto these benefits way before we started having tea time or coffee shops created signature blends.
Not only can you whip up a delicious mug of tea in minutes, you can also incorporate it into recipes, including yummy sweet treats. Now, get your hot water and tea bags ready!
The Best Tea to Help Your Blood Pressure
We’ve long known that tea has many health benefits: Black and green tea contain a type of antioxidant called flavonoids that may help heart health. And green tea may help weight loss and dental health.
Drinking tea can do more than soothe the soul. Certain types can help you maintain a healthy heart. I chatted with TheDailyMeal.com about the health benefits of tea and what type and how much I recommend.
I take my tea recommendations very seriously. So grab a mug and get those tea benefits, pronto.
The Best Tea for When You Have the Flu
Influenza circulates year-round, so it's good to be prepared. While I hope all of us stay healthy, it's best to be prepared just in case. Not only is tea hydrating, it can also help tame tummy troubles and help you feel less blah.
The Best Tea for Cancer Prevention
When it comes to flavor profile, many people prefer black tea. And here's great news: A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that drinking tea may help
you decrease your risk of ovarian cancer.
In the study of almost 172,000 women, researchers found that taking in large amounts of flavonoids—largely in part by drinking black tea—modestly lowered subjects’ risk of developing ovarian cancer.
This is significant, especially since there haven’t been many studies linking tea consumption with decreased cancer
The scientists found the benefits in drinking more than one cup of black tea per day. Researchers aren’t certain why, but they say flavonoids may inhibit ovarian cancer cells from growing.
You can safely drink much more than a cup per day. One cup of tea has between 20 and 60 milligrams of caffeine, and studies show that you can take in up to 400 milligrams (or about seven cups of the strongest-brewed tea) daily without any negative effects on hydration.
Looking to expand your tea palate? There are so many black teas to enjoy, from English breakfast tea and more. Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite black teas.
1. Lipton Black Tea
This tea is a go-to for a reason. I love mine with a squeeze of lemon juice!
Buy it: Lipton Black Tea
2. Stash Fusion Breakfast in Paris Black Tea
From a company based in the suburbs of Portland, OR (a big tea town!), this brew is perfect for daydreaming that you're abroad.
3. Numi Earl Grey Tea
This tea has been a favorite since I was first introduced to it years ago. I really love the floral notes in the tea leaves.
Buy it: Numi Earl Grey Tea
4. Steven Smith Teamaker Masala Chai Tea
This blend combines tea from India with ginger root, cassia, black pepper, cloves and cardamom. Hello, spice!
5. David’s Tea Read My Lips Loose Leaf Tea
With notes of chocolate, peppermint, and candy lips (need we say more?), this loose tea tastes like a cuppa (very low-cal) dessert.
6. Le Palais Des Thes Blue of London Earl Gray Tea
I didn’t drink Earl Gray tea until I watched my former British coworker, Rachel, drink cup after cup. Then I had to try it and was amazed at the depth of this tea—its floral bergamot packs a fragrant punch. A splurge, this loose tea comes with heating directions so you brew the perfect cup.
Amy's Green Tea Latte Recipe to Try
Make this recipe: Ginger-Infused Matcha Green Tea Latte!
It's tea time! We've chatted plenty about the benefits of tea, so now it's time to drink up. I've finally created the perfect green tea latte, made with Lipton green tea. Wondering how to use matcha powder?
I mixed up a delicious (and easy!) recipe, featuring matcha green tea. Prefer tea in a cold drink? Then you must try my Tropical Green Tea Sangria Mocktail.
This blog post was updated in July 2020. A version of this content originally appeared on WeightWatchers.com.
- This Is the Best Tea to Reduce Your Blood Pressure, TheDailyMeal.com
- The Best Tea for When You Have the Flu, TheDailyMeal.com
- Intake of Dietary Flavonoids and Risk of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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I'd love to hear from you! What are your favorite black and green tea bags? What do you think are the best teas to drink? In your opinion, what's the best green tea to drink? What types of white tea, black tea blends, Chinese black tea, oolong tea, herbal tea, chamomile tea, and green tea leaves do you enjoy?
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