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Find your cup of tea
by Laurel |  Jul 18, 2013

Tea is one beverage that has stood the test of time. While centuries ago green and Earl Grey varieties might have been all the rage, today, there are more infusions than we can even keep track of, ranging from herbal to fruity to spicy. Consuming cups of hot or cold tea is not only a great way to get your caffeine fix, but the ancient drink may have health benefits as well, making it a win-win. With so many options to taste, I decided to try a few to figure out which is my cup of tea.

Green goodness
Most people have tried green try at least once, and there is good reason to. According to WebMD, this variety is made with steamed tea leaves and contains high concentrations of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant that has been speculated to help prevent or stave off various health conditions ranging from dementia and cardiovascular events to certain types of cancer and weight gain. 

I help regulate my body from the inside out by drinking cupfuls of tea with pure inventions green tea extract dietary supplement (original) mixed in. This dietary supplement contains 100 milligrams of green tea per serving and promotes immune strength as well as a fresher, younger looking complexion.

Even though it's acceptable to drink plain green tea, you could also opt to branch out and enjoy a cup with other aromatic flavors including citrus and berries, both of which can come with more health benefits. 

Black beauties
Next on the list of teas to try in 2013 is black tea, which has a darker color and richer flavor than most other teas. This variety consists of fermented tea leaves with the highest caffeine levels around. Not only will drinking a cup of this brew wake you up, similar to the effects of a cup of coffee, but it's also typically used as the base for more flavorful beverages like chai tea, according to WebMD.

The University of Maryland Medical Center also reports that consuming black tea, which is picked from the camellia sinensis plant, has been linked to improving circulation, while its natural levels of fluoride also promotes oral and bone health. 

White wonders
This type of tea is perhaps the most pure of them all, as white tea is both uncured and unfermented, WebMD reports. Because it is the least processed of all teas, it naturally contains the highest levels of antioxidants around, meaning drinking this type could improve your health and better protect you against a slew of medical conditions. 

At the very least, drinking ample amounts of white tea may help your health in simple ways, such as working to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as improve the appearance of your skin, wiseGEEK reports. 

I opt to gain the complexion benefits of white tea by using chantecaille ultra sun protection sunscreen broad spectrum spf 50 primer, a makeup product that helps protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, as well as preventing free radicals thanks to anti-inflammatory ingredients like white tea, cherry blossom and lemon balm extracts.

Oolong and Pu-erh‚Äč perfections
The last two types of tea not only have fun names, but also pack a healthy punch. Oolong varieties have been found to help with weight loss, while certain studies also discovered it could help lower bad cholesterol, according to WebMD.

On the same note, the pu-erh is a commonly used in cooking. This tea is made from fermented and aged leaves, giving it a richer, fuller taste. Pu-erh is considered to be a part of the black tea family and its leaves are sometimes pressed into cakes and other pastries. 

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