6. Yerba Mate – Stimulates HDL (good) Cholesterol
In South America, Yerba Mate has been grown and taken medicinally for centuries. It’s also a cancer killer. Some of the most important antioxidant enzymes in the body are induced by mate. It is rich in polyphenols and displays high antioxidant activity. Mate tea drinkers experience a significant increase in the activity of an enzyme that promotes HDL (good) cholesterol which prevents fats from oxidizing. Mate is traditionally steeped and served in a hollow calabash gourd (itself called a mate) and drunk through a metal straw called a bombilla. You can also make mate in a standard automatic coffee maker. Just put the mate where you would normally put the coffee grounds.
7. Rose Tea – Prevents Constipation
One of the oldest flavouring teas available, rose tea – made by mixing fresh roses and the bud of the tea – has a major therapeutic effect on the human body. Apart from clearing toxins and beautifying the skin, rose tea contains vitamins A, B3, C, D and E and is known to act against infections. It also prevents constipation and helps one lose weight. It is also possible to make rose petal tea using just fresh rose petals. Clean the petals under running water. Place 1 – 2 cups rose petals in a saucepan filled with 3 cups of water. Boil for five minutes, strain and pour.
8. Feiyan Tea- Detox, Suppress Appetite
Feiyan tea is an infusion prepared from medicinal plants which contain effective components for anti-Hyperlipemia and reducing fat accumulation. Regular intake of this tea helps improve your metabolism, reduces bloatedness, suppress your appetite, detoxify your body and gets rid of extra fat. The tea is considered to have no chemical additives and is safe for regular consumption with no known side effects. Soak 1 slimming tea bag in approx. 150ml of boiled water for 5-10min. Take 1 bag at night to begin with, after a week then use 1 tea bag in the morning and 1in the evening after meals. One month of administration has shown reductions of body weight up to 5-8 pounds, however steady weight gain after the first month is common once the body adapts.
9. Oolong Tea – Guards Against Obesity
Research reveals that oolong, a semi-fermented tea may have a stronger effect than even green tea, promoting fat burning up to 157% better.Oolong tea blocks oxidation by 50% in just 15 days. Research suggests that oolong tea increases metabolism, burns fat and blocks fat absorption. Besides weight loss, it is beneficial for type 2 diabetics, patients with heart diseases, reduces high blood pressure, prevents tooth decay and improves your skin thanks to antioxidants. Some research concluded that oolong reduces cholesterol and increases plasma adiponectin levels which saves you from the epidemic of obesity. Steep oolong tea anywhere from 30 seconds to five minutes, for a more full-bodied cup.
10. Pu erh Tea – Increases Metabolism, Digestion
In China, this is known as medicinal tea, but it is apparently a good hangover cure as well. Pu erh tea increases metabolism, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, improve digestion and detoxifies the body. There are two ways to brew this pu erh tea: The Western way and the Chinese way. The Western method involves the same steps as brewing hibiscus tea. While the Chinese method of brewing involves several steps from rinsing the leaves with hot water to steeping the leaves in a particular temperature.
John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. He is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention.