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May 17, 2008 10:18 AM

Healthiest tea?

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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.

        3 Replies
        1. re: Emme

          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

            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

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

          2. 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

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

              1. re: Emme

                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

                  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

                    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.

                    1. re: Miss Needle

                      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

                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 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

                  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

                    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

                  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": .

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