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Finding the right tea can be difficult — there are so many brands, flavors, and brew shops in cities all over the world. But if you do your research ahead of time, you may be surprised to find that each kind of tea may benefit your body in a specific way. Luckily, there are varieties out there that will suit tea enthusiasts of all kinds. Whether you drink your tea for leisure-time enjoyment or for its health benefits, after just a few sips, you can relax with the knowledge that you’re helping your body.
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“Green tea is considered to be the king of teas based on its catechin content,” says Liz Weinandy, MPH, RD at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. According to Weinandy, green tea contains antioxidant compounds that help prevent cell damage. These beneficial compounds have been shown to improve cholesterol levels, lower the risk of numerous heart-related issues, and help retard the formation of plaque that causes Alzheimer’s disease.
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Turmeric is native to India, and is the element that gives curries and other foods their orange color. Curcumin, a compound in turmeric, relieves pain and arthritis, decreases blood clots, prevents cancer, strengthens digestion, detoxifies the liver, and heals skin wounds. Numi Organic Tea recently launched a new line of turmeric tea.
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Studies have found that white tea destroys bacteria, thus helping the body fight and prevent common illnesses. Arbor Teas of Ann Arbor, Michigan, offers fair trade-certified teas with compostable packaging.