By Amanda Wynant, Staff Writer
Grown in a small mountainous region of South Africa, rooibos tea has been used medicinally for generations around the world.
Made from the aspalathus linearis shrub, the caffeine free, low tannin red tea has about a half million stellar health benefits. Today we'll take a look at five of the most impressive benefits of rooibos tea.
1. Drinking rooibos tea can reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. A study published in the May 2009 issue of Phytomedicine, shows that aspalathin, a component in rooibos tea, has a positive effect on glucose metabolism. It looks like consumption of rooibos tea can both prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and help type 2 diabetes patients manage their blood sugar levels. Aspalathin helps the body balance its blood sugar and insulin levels.
2. Rooibos tea contains quercetin - a flavonoid antioxidant that promotes cardiovascular health. Quercetin is the flavonoid found in dark colored fruits and vegetables that can really boost heart-health and "good" cholesterol. Rooibos tea has plenty of naturally occurring quercetin and drinking it can be extremely beneficial for a person's cardiovascular health.
3. Drinking rooibos tea can help balance the nervous system and help people who suffer from anxiety. Rooibos tea contains magnesium. Magnesium effects the release of "feel-good" chemicals in the brain, like serotonin. Consuming magnesium-rich rooibos tea can improve a person's mood and help prevent anxiety and depression. Try drinking three cups a day and see if you notice a difference in your outlook over a week's time.
4. You can strengthen your bones, teeth and hair by drinking rooibos tea. Rooibos tea contains calcium and manganese - both of these are great for your bones and teeth! Taking in more calcium and manganese is essential to preventing osteoporosis. Replacing one of those calcium-leeching cups of coffee with rooibos tea each morning can make a huge difference in your overall bone and dental health.
5. Rooibos has anti-inflammatory flavonoids. Rooibos tea contains chrysoeriols - flavonoids with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some have reported migraine relief and improved blood circulation after adding rooibos tea to their health regiment. In general, reducing inflammation in the body is recommended for prevention of cancer and other serious diseases.
We've just added several new rooibos tea blends to our product line at Tea Drift. Check out some of our favorites here.
By Amanda Wynant, Staff Writer
So we all know that green tea is the creme de la creme. Right?
Well take a seat and prepare for your mind to be blown. Researchers are currently publishing data to confirm that green tea may be used to effectively treat Down Syndrome.
The Lancet Neurology, largely the most well known specialty medical journal in the world, is reporting about a randomized, double-blind, phase two trial that shows promise in treating Down Syndrome patients with EGCG (the catechin antioxidant found in green tea).
The full research will be unveiled in the Lancet's July, 2016 issue. But here's a peak at what we know so far...
A decaffeinated green tea supplement, containing 45% EGCG was given to 42 young adults, in a one year long, clinical trial. Another 42 participants were given a placebo. All of the subjects were also given cognitive training.
After 3, 6 & 12 months - all study participants were given cognitive tests.
The group that was given green tea scored far better in the areas of adaptive behavior, verbal recall and the ability to remember patterns. And, surprisingly, they continued to improve over time.
Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder, known also as trisomy 21. Occurring in about 1 in 1,000 babies each year, it is one of the most common chromosomal abnormalities in humans. The condition is caused by an extra chromosome. Particularly, the 21st chromosome of a person with Down Syndrome has three copies, instead of the usual two. Children born with Down Syndrome generally have a mild delay in physical growth and cognitive aptitude - as well as characteristic facial features like a smaller chin, slanted eyes and an enlarged tongue.
Regarding IQ, people with Down Syndrome vary widely. The IQ range has been documented anywhere from 20 to 90. However some individuals with the condition decline cognitively with age.
To date, we haven't seen many treatments that have actually improved cognition for individuals with Down Syndrome. So this groundbreaking study will undoubtedly be the first of many more. Neurologists, occupational therapists, geneticists and parents of children with Down Syndrome are encouraged - to say the least.
The EGCG, from green tea, is in no way being named as a cure for Down Syndrome. But this treatment may truly help a patient improve his or her quality of life - and possibly progress cognitively.
I write a tea blog. I read about the health benefits of green tea all the time. This stuff shouldn't surprise me. But the awesomeness of this one humble tea plant has, once again, overwhelmed me.
Green tea isn't just a fad. It's a pillar of health. It's quite possible that we are just barely scratching the surface of its healing properties.
By Amanda Wynant, Staff Writer
The health benefits of tea are countless. If you're paying attention to current research, you've heard it over and over. Drinking tea awards your body with a plethora of healthful goodies.The winner of the tea vs. coffee debate is tea. The winner of the tea vs. red wine debate is tea. And for a growing number of naturally-minded people, tea is the preferred method of preventative medicine. Many people just aren't interested in a future of taking a daily, pharmaceutical concoction, once the annual blood draw hits a certain imbalance. For those people, and the millions following their example, sitting down to a daily cup of tea has become a convenient method for keeping the body operating at optimal health.
Here's our list of 10 of the most stellar health benefits to drinking tea each day. And it's just that easy. You brew it. Drink it. And reap the benefits. Of course the rest of your lifestyle matters. No one here, at Tea Drift, is suggesting you can heal all your ailments with tea alone - particularly if you get your breakfast at 'Shelly's Laundromat & Funnel Cakes' and guzzle down 3 craft beers every night. Tea isn't magic. And it won't cancel out last night's binge. But if consumed daily, it can seriously benefit your body (even if you're snacking on M&M's while you're reading this article).
10 Health Benefits of Drinking Tea Daily
1. Tea is linked with cancer prevention. Tea leaves contain catechin antioxidants. EGCG is the catechin antioxidant in tea that has often been in the news. We need antioxidants to fight the free radicals that our bodies naturally produce when we process foods and environmental toxins. Free radicals wear down the immune system, leading to serious diseases like cancer. Tea contains a high concentration of antioxidants - that can squash free radicals and strengthen your body like a boss. Green tea is a bit higher in antioxidants than black - but both teas (and all true teas) contain antioxidants.
2. Drinking tea can help your body filter rays from the sun. Studies on animals and humans have shown that the antioxidants in tea can protect your skin from sun damage and likely even prevent skin cancer.
3. Tea aids in healthy digestion. According to an article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, in 2005, the antioxidants in green tea increase the body's production of pepsin. Pepsin is a digestive enzyme that helps the stomach break down proteins. Adding green tea to your digestive routine (either before or after you eat) can also help prevent gas pain, heartburn and acid reflux.
4. Tea actually prevents bad breath and prevents cavities. So this one actually surprised me. Green tea lowers the acidity in your mouth and helps control bacteria in there too. It can prevent tooth loss, reduce gum inflammation and help with your overall oral health.
5. The topical application of green tea can prevent wrinkles and improve the appearance of aging skin. If you saved your receipt for that last tube of wrinkle reducer, take it back to the drugstore. Did you know that applying green tea bags topically or using a green tea facial steam can help heal scars, firm up saggy skin, prevent skin damage and make you look like a 21 year old supermodel?! Okay - I may be laying it on a little thick, but the polyphenols found in green tea do have plenty of anti-aging benefits for your skin. I'm not encouraging vanity - but if you'd like firmer, more smooth, and less wrinkly skin - skip the skin cream and use green tea.
6. Tea can prevent memory loss. Recent studies have shown that drinking tea can prevent premature aging of the brain and memory loss. Green tea, and it's antioxidants have proven to be beneficial in both improving overall memory and preventing the onset of cognitive decline.
7. Tea can lower your blood pressure. For the majority of this article, I've referenced black and green teas for their health benefits. But herbal teas also have an honored spot in the tea cabinet of health. Hibiscus tea, for one, has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure as effectively as some prescribed blood pressure lowering medications. For that reason, it isn't advised to consume large quantities of the tangy, flower petals with blood pressure meds. But if you're trying to lower your blood pressure naturally, hibiscus is the way to go. Tea Drift's Apple Anti-Aging Melba is a really delicious hibiscus blend to try when you're blood pressure is a little too high. However, as we have no physicians on the writing staff at Tea Drift, please consult your doctor for help in considering natural remedies of any kind.
8. Tea can reduce the risk of a heart attack. Drinking black tea has recently been shown to improve heart health and promote healthy cholesterol levels. A March 2013 article in Today's Dietician magazine shows that drinking black tea, daily, for 12 weeks can raise good cholesterol, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and increase antioxidant levels in the blood.
9. Drinking tea can relieve stress and relax you. When you've had a hard day, and your body starts to tense up, there are few natural remedies that can help calm you down faster than a cup (or three) of steaming hot tea. Again, there are immense benefits to herbal teas. In animal studies, chamomile, for example, has been shown to affect the same parts of the brain as anti-anxiety drugs. Obviously, we don't suggest you throw out the prozac without medical supervision though. Consult your doctor about your options, if you're currently being treated for anxiety.
10. Tea can help you maintain an ideal weight. One of our best selling blends is our Tropical Weight Loss green tea blend. And, as it's name suggests, the minimally processed green tea leaves in our tasty fusion can help you lose a couple of extra pounds. Green tea helps people lose weight because of the EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) compound. Among other health benefits, EGCG boosts the body's metabolism. While we can't promise you'll hear more whistles and cat calls at the pool this summer, drinking green tea each day will increase the chances that you'll want to go outside in a bathing suit this year.
By Amanda Wynant, Staff Writer
To wake up, you could always drink a stiff cup of coffee in the morning. It's good for a jolt when you need one. But that burst of energy we get from coffee won't last long. That's where tea is far superior.
Any true tea (green, black, white, oolong) contains tannins. Tannins are polyphenols found in many foods and drinks that we source from plants. The many tannins found in tea help your body to process the caffeine, from the tea, slowly - which leads to sustained energy. Coffee has tannins too - but only about half as much as tea. Leaving your body full of caffeine to use immediately - rather than steadily absorbed and dispersed for hours after ingestion.
At Tea Drift, we have an excellent black tea blend to help you jump into your day. Good Morning Energy is an inventive mix of the highest quality, full leaf black tea, lavender flowers, rose petals, bergamot and rosemary. This tea will not only provide an ample amount of caffeine to help you lift your eyelids - but the aroma and flavors in it will wake up all your senses too. And your day will begin beautifully.
Another fantastic tea we carry is Mate Chai Energizer. It's a really nice blend of yerba mate', cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and vanilla. Yerba mate' is a root that's been used as a base for medicines and natural health care for centuries. It also happens to be super tasty! And though our yerba mate blend is nice and strong, like coffee. It isn't acid forming. The Mate Chai Energizer will take you from 'barely awake' to 'ready to rock & roll' in no time. Our delicious Yerba Mate is extremely high quality. It contains caffeine, theobromine and theophylline - all natural stimulants that will steadily carry you through those first hours of the morning.
And in addition to our Fast & Free shipping - when you buy one of our tea blends, there's no risk. If it doesn't absolutely thrill you, please contact us and we'll guide you through our easy-peasy return procedure.
So dump out that ho-hum cup of coffee and give one of our Energy Blends a try. We know you'll love it!
By Amanda Wynant, Staff Writer
There's no denying it - green tea is the wonder-tonic of our millennium. Over the last couple of decades, we've learned that the components found in high quality, minimally processed green tea leaves can lower our risk of heart disease, lessen our chances of developing diabetes, boost our good cholesterol and decrease the bad. Studies that link green tea consumption to a reduced cancer risk have graced the pages of well respected medical journals all over the world. Green tea truly is amazing stuff!
Lately, researchers seem to be focused on the effects green tea consumption has on our brain. Janet Bryan, a researcher at the School of Psychology, University of South Australia, compared the findings of several studies on the effects of caffeine and L-theanine (both found in green tea) on the brain. Her analysis found that the regular ingestion of tea can help maintain alertness, focused attention and accuracy. Further, she found that L-theanine and caffeine together may enhance mental performance in terms of attention switching and the ability to ignore distractions.
Another ingredient naturally found in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate, a.k.a. EGCG. EGCG is a special type of antioxidant called a polyphenol, which has been shown to prevent degenerative diseases. Molecular Nutrition and Food Research published evidence that EGCG promotes neurogenesis, or the birth of additional brain neurons - which may improve memory & mental stamina.
Our green tea blends - and all of our teas - are minimally processed and are sold in loose leaf pouches. Because we take such care to provide full leaf tea, our final product has a large amount of natural antioxidants.
Enjoy one of our green tea blends - knowing your brain is being nourished, as well as your body.
By Amanda Wynant, Staff Writer
Recently, the European Journal of Epidemiology published a comprehensive meta-analysis, reporting data on over 850,000 individuals, indicating that, "An increase in tea consumption by three cups per day was associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, cardiac death, stroke, total mortality, cerebral infarction and intracerebral hemorrhage." The analysis sheds light on a growing body of research that suggests regular tea drinking my improve your health in a multitude of ways - and even increase your life span.
At Tea Drift, we would love to be a part of your improved health and longevity. So we'd like to introduce the 3 Cup a Day Challenge. Beginning the moment you read this post, drop everything and put the kettle on. Get ready for the first day of the rest of your healthier life! Today - do your best to consume three cups of tea. Any true tea will do (green, black, white, red or oolong). Just drink your three cups today and every day for one month.
Although you certainly can, you don't have to drink your three cups all at once. It may help to have a cup of tea with each of your three meals. Or maybe two cups in the morning and one at lunch. However you drink it - know that each sip you take may be greatly benefitting your body.
Throughout the challenge, we'd be happy to hear about your experiences. How are you feeling? Are you noticing changes in your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, energy level, feelings of well-being, etc.? With your permission, we'd be delighted to share some of your results here on our blog. We're excited to share in this health journey with you.
By Amanda Wynant, Staff Writer
Do you ever feel like there are just not enough Saturdays in December?! Shopping, holiday errands, parties, Christmas luncheons, more shopping, family gatherings, and a full page "to do" list compete for top billing all month long.
We feel your pain. At Tea Drift, we're not only creators of delicious tea blends, we drink this stuff! That's why we had to come up with a fantastic tasting tea blend that could help bring each hectic holiday evening to a peaceful close.
Say "Hello" to our Relaxing Honey Chamomile blend. This caffeine free, herbal blend combines the mild floral flavor of chamomile buds with dried ginger and a touch of honey. It has a lovely aroma, while it's brewing, to ease you into your comfy chair. Once fully steeped, this tea will delight the palate with delicate, yet rich and smooth flavors. The warmth of this particular tea permeates the entire body and ushers in a calm repose like none other.
Aside from its stress relieving benefits, our Relaxing Honey Chamomile is excellent for the digestive system. So when you've had one too many slices of Aunt Ellen's famous fruitcake, rest assured, this blend will ease the associated tummy ache.
For centuries, chamomile has been used as a medicinal herb. The immune boosting properties of the flower can help the body fight against colds and flu during this time of year. Some recent studies have shown that chamomile can help regulate blood sugar levels for people with diabetes. And athletes enjoy the floral tea for it's ability to calm muscle spasms and relieve cramps. Chamomile is also being studied for its anti-cancer properties.
This month, make it part of your evening ritual to sit down to a steaming mug of our Relaxing Honey Chamomile tea and take a few deep breaths. Reflect on the day and embrace the solace of the moment. To help bring about more peace during the holidays, we are offering this blend at 25% off through the end of December.