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Did you know that there’s caffeine in your tea? An average cup of standard teas can have up to 90 mg of caffeine. While caffeine is considered safe and even beneficial, for people who are trying to avoid caffeine, this can raise some concerns.
But not all teas are created equal. While green, black, oolong, yellow, and white teas are made from leaves of Camellia sinensis, herbal teas are derived from herbs, spices, and other plant materials and have less or even zero caffeine content. Aside from being an alternative beverage for people who want to hit the sack on time, herbal teas provide health benefits that range from regulating blood sugar and pressure to stimulating weight loss, relieving stress, curing various common illnesses, and boosting energy.
Here are some locally produced organic herbal teas you can enjoy, along with health benefits you will get from them.
Banaba herbal tea helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels and helps you lose weight. This is because banaba contains corosolic acid which is said to have an insulin-like effect. Insulin is the hormone that regulates your blood sugar level.
Corosolic acid also helps reduce heart disease risk factors. Studies suggest that it lowers blood cholesterol levels, linking banaba leaves with anti-obesity activity. It is rich in polyphenols that may prevent the formation of fat cells and fat molecules.
Lagundi herbal tea is ideal for people with respiratory complaints. For centuries, lagundi has been used in traditional and folkloric medicine to cure colds, coughs, asthma symptoms, and other respiratory problems. Recent studies proved lagundi extracts are effective in treating respiratory symptoms, such as those in nonbacterial cough and asthma.
In the Philippines, the Department of Science of Technology is conducting clinical trials to determine if lagundi can provide symptomatic relief for mild Covid-19.
Guyabano tea is rich in antioxidants that hunt and destroy disease-causing free radicals in the body. In the Amazon region, Guyabano is usually cultivated for its medicinal use. The most important uses in traditional medicine, scientifically validated in pre-clinical tests, are for inflammation, chronic pain, infections, diabetes, cancer anxiety, and depression.
A recent study also confirmed that guyabano is an effective remedy to lower blood pressure. Stable blood pressure lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Lemongrass is commonly used in Thai and Filipino cuisine for its lemony aroma and citrus flavor. This stalky plant’s essential oil is used to freshen the air, reduce stress, and uplift the mood. You can also enjoy the uplifting aroma of lemongrass as you sip it in tea form. It’s not only tasty but also promotes sleep, relieves pain, and boosts immunity.
Malunggay has been used as herbal medicine in many cultures for hundreds of years. Its leaves contain polyphenols, tannins, saponins, and other compounds that can help prevent chronic diseases.
In one study, moringa lowered cholesterol and reduced the formation of plaque in arteries. Besides lowering the risk of high blood pressure, it also staves off liver damage, diabetes, and chronic inflammation.
Like lemongrass, pandan is a staple herb and spice in Southeast Asia known for its unique taste and smell. Aside from being a tasty ingredient, a cup of pandan tea is good for taking care of your eyesight and helps you prevent cancer and heart diseases.
Pandan is a rich source of vitamin A, an essential compound for eye health that may even help to prevent some cancers. It is also an excellent source of carotenoids, a class of antioxidants known to prevent the narrowing of the arteries of the heart.
Turmeric, a vivid yellow-orange relative of ginger, is a common spice and a major ingredient in curry powder. Turmeric contains curcumin that has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Curcumin may improve memory and may be useful in treating Alzheimer’s disease.