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Healthiest tea?

monicaC May 17, 2008 10:18 AM

I am a huge tea drinker, but I am wondering what is the healthiest to have? What is the best green tea?
I sometimes drink loose oolong tea that I get under 10$ in china town and gunpowder green tea. I like to have teas that help digest big meals.

Any suggestions/tips/advice?

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    relizabeth Jun 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    For my mental health, it is essential that I have a strong cup of lapsang suchong at least once a day. Without it, the day, simply, cannot begin.

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    1. re: relizabeth
      MacGuffin Jun 13, 2013 02:31 PM

      Do you like Bohea?

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      SomersetN Jun 11, 2013 01:00 PM

      There isn't a healthiest tea. Each has its own benefits and its own antioxidant properties. Green tea has antiviral properties and oolong boosts metabolism. Rooibos (tisane) has a bunch of flavanoids and green rooibos has aspalathin which is not found in too many other places. Here's an article that I got from teanzo's site that shows the different antioxidant properties. So I guess the question really is which antioxidant is more beneficial.

      Health Benefits of Black Tea:
      The health benefits of black tea are continually being studied. More and more research has proven that black tea has some wonderful health benefits including possibly reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease.[1]* According to researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute, black tea contains more theaflavin and thearubigin antioxidants and less catechin antioxidants than green tea and white tea.[2]*

      In addition, “black tea can be considered to be a rich source of polyphenols and/or antioxidants.”[3]*

      [1] Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and the Environment.

      [2] “Linus Pauling Institute”: Tea and Chronic Disease Prevention. Higdon, Jane PhD; Nov 2002
      [3] “Free Radic Res”:Black tea represents a major source of dietary phenolics among regular tea drinkers. Rechner et Al; Oct 2002


      1. Kholvaitar Feb 16, 2013 07:09 AM

        Here's a link--

        Health Benefits of Fennel Tea


        Helps my digestion.

        1. hannaone May 19, 2008 09:01 AM

          As Miss Needle pointed out - there is no none "healthiest" tea. Different foods and herbs have different properties and there are both beneficial and negative combinations of different things.
          Each person has their own "balance", and this "balance" can change through a lot of different influences. So even if one thing is good for an individual today, tomorrow is another story.
          For some good information on an Asian "take" on food properties, check out

          1. im_nomad May 19, 2008 08:40 AM

            do you like matcha?

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              sunkissedbabe43 May 19, 2008 08:07 AM

              Does anyone know if Lipton tea has health benefits like green tea or the others?

              1. Miss Needle May 18, 2008 04:42 PM

                I don't think there is one "healthiest" tea. Everybody has different health conditions, and one should really eat and drink things that are appropriate for that individual. A caveat about green tea -- I know it's all in the news about all the antioxidants green tea has and how it's so wonderful and blah, blah, blah. But green tea has been known to bother some people with digestive issues. I've seen quite a few people get nauseous drinking green tea because it isn't right for them. Listen to your body.

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                1. re: Miss Needle
                  Emme May 18, 2008 04:44 PM

                  well said. i'm one that gets really nauseous and headached from green tea - and the onset is *fast*.

                  1. re: Emme
                    Miss Needle May 18, 2008 06:10 PM

                    Emme, if you get nauseous from green tea, you really should try either chai or cinnamon ginger tea. This may help correct your imbalance so that you could drink green tea in the future without getting sick.

                    1. re: Miss Needle
                      Emme May 18, 2008 07:37 PM

                      thanks for the input, but unfortunately i'm not a fan of chai spices nor ginger, and i've made my peace w/ getting my anti-oxes elsewhere :) plus i've given up caffeine... :(

                      1. re: Emme
                        Miss Needle May 19, 2008 05:48 AM

                        Too bad you don't like chai spices -- DH doesn't like it as well. In fact, I know a lot of people who's not crazy about those spices.

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                          Emme May 20, 2008 04:45 PM

                          too bad definitely. esp since ginger has the good tummy soothing properties. but ginger, cloves, nutmeg... i have difficulty really just making my gingerbread w/o turning my nose sour. i came to accept as an adult though i don't have to force myself to like things just because they're good for you or others think i should :)

                  2. re: Miss Needle
                    im_nomad May 18, 2008 06:48 PM

                    this is odd........i've occasionally found that if i drink tea too early in the morning (like pre-8.a.m), that i feel off.......doesnt sit well with me.

                    Once, i had black tea ( i think ) early in the morning as an intended booster....i kind of felt like i was coming down with something ( very minor ), so i took some liquid echinacea too..........neither normally bother me. I was on my way out for the day and felt fine....got in the shower..normal...until a very quick sick turn had me bolting out.....well you get the picture...and i went back to fine after....not a problem the rest of the day. I wondered if the tea/echinacea combo did me in. I don't typically have belly problems either.

                    But i agree with the what's good for one, not the other. ...i got turned on to licorice tea by a co-worker and for some reason thought it lowered blood pressure. I now have this tea in my cupboard and can't drink it..because i tend to have high blood pressure...

                    1. re: im_nomad
                      Miss Needle May 19, 2008 05:47 AM

                      Yeah, with some people, their digestive systems can't process things too early. I don't think people realize that when you eat things can be as important as what you eat. A friend of mine (who is diabetic) noticed that when she ate rice in the AM, her blood sugar didn't go up as much as when she ate it after 7P, even though it was the same amount of food.

                      1. re: Miss Needle
                        im_nomad May 19, 2008 06:53 AM

                        OT, but totally agreed...when is important. I realized this when i switched to non-complex carbs for breakfast, and found i stayed much more alert through the afternoons at work. But being a bit insulin resistant myself, heavy carby things don't always work well with me anyway.

                    2. re: Miss Needle
                      MacGuffin Mar 25, 2013 08:08 AM

                      I'd have to agree with everyone here who has responded that there's no "healthiest" (actually, SB "most healthful"). I would like to add, though, that those whose GI tracts don't tolerate green tea well usually have no problem with yellow tea (and it's delicious). Seven Cups has "the real deal": http://www.sevencups.com/tea_shop/Yel... .

                    3. Emme May 18, 2008 12:51 PM

                      I drink Nettle Tea to aid with digestion. It's caffeine free and tends to ease the process.
                      Other benefits inclue:

                      • Nettle tea fights coughs, tuberculosis and asthma;

                      • Nettle tea counters arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis and other disorders of the muscles and joints;

                      • Nettle tea combats a variety of intestinal disorders;

                      • Nettle tea fights skin problems;

                      • Nettle tea fights allergies like eczema, and hay fever;

                      • Nettle tea is used to treat urinary tract infections.

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                      1. re: Emme
                        Honeychan May 18, 2008 06:51 PM

                        I beg you please, preface your post regarding health-benefits of nettle tea, or ANY tea as "shown possibly to help" not "counter" possible health issues. If nettle tea helped any type of arthritis, I would know, as i've had Rhumatiod arthritis since I was16. I've tried many things, and gone to more than my share of health-food shops, gotten recommended suppliments..And they DID NOT HELP.

                        Every person is different, and sometimes a health-suppliment will work, sometimes it won't. Please, if someone needs help with a medical condition, check with a specialist or doctor.

                        I'm sorry to be a PITA, but some people will take everything at 100%. face-value.

                        1. re: Honeychan
                          Emme May 18, 2008 07:38 PM

                          my apologies... i figured most people take every piece of info w/ a grain of salt, that is to say, everything affects everyone differently. guess not.

                          1. re: Honeychan
                            BuildingMyBento Jun 12, 2013 10:55 AM

                            Have you tried putting a bar of soap at the foot of your bed?

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                          DishyDiva May 18, 2008 03:35 AM

                          Have you considered Yerba Mate? I switched to this from coffee because it is healtheir while still a stimulant that doesn't leaving you feel crashed the way coffee does once the caffeine wears off.

                          Yerba Mate is chock of vitamins, though the flavour takes some getting use to. Look it up on Google (or whatever search engine you prefer) for more info...

                          1. SnackHappy May 17, 2008 10:26 AM

                            The healthiest tea would be any certified organic tea. Any tea that comes from areas where chemicals like DDT were used in the past may contain some amount of DDT or other herbicides/pesticides.

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