By Leyla Rose
It’s the world’s most popular drink, after water—and it’s brimming with health benefits
1. Black tea
Black tea is the most common type and justifies for about 75 percent of global tea consumption. Black tea has high amounts of the antioxidant compounds known as theaflavins and thearubigins, which have been linked to lower levels of cholesterol.
2. Green tea
Green tea has a more delicate flavor than black tea. The leaves are dried and heat-treated soon after they’re picked and this stops the fermentation process. Green tea is full of antioxidants called catechins; a subgroup known as EGCG may prevent everything from cancer to heart disease.
3. Oolong tea
Oolong is similar to black tea, but it’s fermented for a shorter time, which gives it a richer taste. It can aid in weight loss. It activates an enzyme responsible for dissolving triglycerides, which is the form of dietary fat that’s stored in fat cells.
4. White tea
These leaves are picked when they’re very young, so white tea has a much milder flavor than any other variety and also less caffeine. White tea is another super healthy tea. It offers the same potential cardiovascular and cancer-fighting benefits as other varieties.
5. Flavoured tea
In this category, aromatic extras, such as cinnamon, orange peel, and lavender, are paired with black, green, or white tea leaves.Flavored teas have the same levels of antioxidants and the same health benefits as unflavored ones. Those flavored with superfruits, such as blueberries, may contain even more antioxidants.