Our Top 5 Healthy BRW’s, With Health Benefits Backed By Science!

We know we bang on a lot about the health benefits of tea, but it’s only because we care! We’re passionate about inspiring everyone to drink this super beverage and we want to give you more reasons to do so beyond it’s yummy taste!

Tea is practically synonymous with calm and relaxation (there’s a reason it’s served in Salons after a treatment!) but beyond the mental comfort it can also soothe anything from a bloated belly to a scratchy throat.

But did you know that  you can also drink tea daily to help improve overall health?

Quick fact: the tea we all know and are familiar with (Black, White, Green, Oolong) all come from the Camellia sinensis plant, but various other tea infusions and plants (such as the South African ‘Rooibos’ or ‘Red Bush’ plant) carry significant health benefits too.

So we’ve made it easy for you - we’ve compiled a list of our 5 top teas for health, and we’re confident there is a flavour to suit all tastes!

Read on for our top 5 BRW’s that can benefit your health; we get a little scientific but we promise it’s worth the read!

  1. Green tea
    BRW Society Organic Superfood
    Ingredients: organic green tea Sencha, organic ginger, organic apple, organic beetroot, organic liquorice root, organic elderberries, organic green tea Matcha, flavourings, organic raspberry pieces

    Green tea is considered one of the healthiest teas available. It is packed full of antioxidants and catechins including one particularly well-researched one called EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate (we told you there was science!). Research shows this tea catechin may help to protect heart health by decreasing inflammation and improving blood circulation (1). By improving circulation, drinking green tea helps to lower the risk of heart disease including heart attacks. The anti-inflammatory properties of the tea help to lower blood pressure and reduce LDL cholesterol. In another study green tea was also found to enhance cognitive functioning (2).

    As if you needed even more reasons to sip on this green machine, Green tea may also help to accelerate weight loss by boosting metabolism and encouraging the breakdown of fats—rather than glucose—into energy (3). Studies have also shown that green tea may be able to prevent the replication of certain types of cancerous cells including those found in breast cancer and lung cancer. In some conditions, green tea may even be able to induce apoptosis of the cancer cells themselves. (4).

  2. Rooibos tea
    BRW Society Gingerbread
    Ingredients: Rooibos Tea, planed almond pieces, pistachios, orange peel, coriander, flavouring, pink peppercorns

    Rooibos tea is a South African drink made from the leaves of the red bush plant and a lot of South Africans will tell you they drank it as a baby! It's super refreshing both hot and cold but it also packs a healthy punch backed by research.

    This research shows that rooibos tea contains antioxidants that boost overall health and may protect the liver. One study demonstrated that rooibos tea decreased oxidative stress and boosted liver function (5). Additional preliminary research shows that rooibos tea may prevent the onset and progression of diabetes (6).

  3. Peppermint tea
    BRW Society Peppermint Traditions
    Ingredients: Whole peppermint leaves

    Upset stomach? Peppermint tea is an excellent digestive aid as the menthol it contains helps to decrease inflammation. This refreshing brew also possesses analgesic properties as it helps to reduce inflammation and pain. The main agents in peppermint tea's health benefits are phenolic compounds such as rosmarinic acid and flavonoids (7).

  4. Chamomile tea
    BRW Society Organic Snooze
    Ingredients: organic rosehip shells, organic blackberry leaves, organic lemongrass, organic lemon verbena, organic chamomile, organic orange peel, natural flavourings

    Chamomile-containing tea is the perfect bedtime brew and its relaxing effects are no secret. The most prominent health benefit of chamomile tea is its ability to increase relaxation and improve sleep. One study showed that chamomile tea significantly reduced depression scores while increasing the time spent in deep sleep cycles (8). A second study found that chamomile tea reduced the number of times patients woke up during the night and improved their alertness the following day (9).

  5. Hibiscus tea
    BRW Society Organic Glow
    Ingredients: organic apple pieces, organic carrot flakes, organic hibiscus, organic sage leaves, organic rosemary, organic nettle leaves, organic elderberry flowers, organic raspberry pieces, organic blueberries, organic pomegranate seeds, organic rose petals, organic strawberries.

    Hibiscus tea is a floral tea made from the calyses of the plant (highlighted in the image below). Studies show that it contains antitumor properties. One study published in the Brazilian Journal of Biology found that phenolic compounds and flavonoids helped to eliminate free radicals and prevent tumor growth (10). These same properties may help to also prevent aging by protecting cells.

    Hibiscus tea also boasts heart health benefits thanks to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. One meta-analysis found that hibiscus tea significantly decreases systolic and diastolic blood pressure (11).
    Dissection of a Hibiscus flower

Phew - that’s a lot of science, but the main takeaway is that tea, and it’s herbal variants, offer some pretty awesome health benefits!

Which tea is your fave? Do you drink it for health or taste? Or both? That’s the great thing about tea - you get the best of both worlds! Comment below and let us know your favorite healthy blends!

 

Sources:

1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17906191/
2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16469995/
3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31336539/
4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16469995/
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3967803/
6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29642387/
7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16767798/
8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26483209/
9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3198755/
10. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25945622/
11. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25875025/

Hibiscus Flower Dissection https://freehighschoolscience.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/hibiscus-flower/

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