Healthy heart, clear skin, detox regimen and more... Here are some of the benefits of green tea

The health benefits of green tea seem all the more promising with the different flavours and blends

Updated - January 29, 2018 01:33 pm IST

Published - January 29, 2018 01:26 pm IST

Plain old green tea is passé, because we have moved beyond just metabolic boosters and coffee-habit breakers. Like with most things in life, we demand double mazaa. So now we do green tea with another leaf or flower that gives your body greater benefit. “Green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks and contains one of the highest amounts of antioxidants. It is made from unoxidised leaves (exposed to heat early in the production process) and is one of the least processed types of tea,” says Tripti Gupta, a nutritionist based in Mumbai.

The unoxidised leaves contain bio-active compounds that boost metabolism and help to burn fat at a better rate than when you’re not consuming it, says Kejal Sheth, a nutritionist based in Mumbai. The catechins (an antioxidant) in green tea help to slow down the activity of digestive enzymes, keeping you full longer. Here are a few blends that push up the goodness factor.

Marigold green tea

Marigold has the ability to promote the growth of healthy new tissue, boost collagen production (which firms and strengthens skin), increase cell turnover, hydrate dry skin and speed up the process of skin repair following surgery or damage. Marigold green tea also possesses anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and immuno-stimulating properties, that can help reduce any kind of infection and inflammation. It also improves digestion and is good if you are following a detox regimen. It is best to drink this tea post meals.

Saffron kahwa green tea

It is the most luxurious tea blend. Whether you are looking for wellness in a cup of tea or a rich tea experience, or just a means to unwind, Kashmiri Kahwa is your answer. Infused with the goodness of the finest green leaves, Indian spices like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, saffron and topped with almond slivers, Kashmiri Kahwa has a rich aftertaste. It is grandma’s favourite recipe for winter or a rainy day. It makes a cloudy brew, which is a result of the natural oils from the crushed almonds. Saffron Kahwa helps to detoxify the system. It is a good source of vitamin B2 and Vitamin B12, which helps in strengthening the immune system. It is perfect for cleansing your palate and boosting your digestion after a heavy meal.

Tulsi green tea

Magnesium, present in tulsi or holy basil, is a vital nutrient for the prevention of heart disease. Tulsi green tea is rich in antioxidants, which help the body to fight free radicals that are responsible for causing various chronic degenerative diseases. It also helps those with respiratory illnesses. Tulsi also has potassium and copper. Besides, Ram, Shyam and Van tulsi — all commonly found across India — come with their own benefits. There is also the naturally-flavoured clove and lemon.

Rosehip green tea

This slightly tangy variant fights symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, relieves respiratory conditions, lowers cholesterol, manages diabetes, boosts immune system, builds stronger bones and promotes circulation. Rosehip contains 50% more vitamin C than oranges and blueberries, and has high levels of the anti-oxidant flavonoids. It is known for its anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties. It helps in healing tissues and cells.

Mint green tea

It helps in soothing the nerves, cleansing the gall bladder and flushing out toxic matter from the liver. It’s good for fighting infection in the digestive tracts and re-establishes good bacteria. Mint relieves fluid retention, aids in digestion, helps to activate salivary enzymes and thereby promotes digestion. The strong aroma of mint leaves prevents nausea and headache.

Pomegranate green tea

The lingering citric taste with a hint of sweetness of the pomegranate in green tea leaves you refreshed. It’s a double whammy of a metabolism booster and anti-oxidant potency. Antioxidants like catechins and flavonoids help boost immunity levels and prevent early ageing.

Expert inputs: Tea sommeliers: Snigdha Manchanda, founder, Tea Trunk; Radhika Batra Shah, founder, Radhikas Fine Teas and Whatnots; Anamika Singh, founder-director, Anandini Himalaya Tea; Rishav Kanoi, founder, The Tea Trove; all nutritional information from dieticians

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