The Glass That’s Always Half Full: Tea and Its Benefits

Sofia Bratt, Staff Writer

Most who feel sick, stressed or can’t sleep will probably take medication to solve the problem immediately. Not many people know that tea can have almost the exact same effect as any of these medications. Plus, teas are natural, making them better for your body.

Tazo Organic Darjeeling Black Tea
Tazo Organic Darjeeling Black Tea

“I drink tea every morning, and it energizes yet soothes me. Plus, it has so many great benefits,” senior Gaby Diaz said.

Several teas, such as the ones listed below, have mind-blowing heath benefits.

Black Tea: This strong yet extremely beneficial tea has high concentrations of antioxidant compounds known as theaflavins and thearubigins, which have been linked to contributing to lower cholesterol levels later in life. Plus, research has shown that people who drink three or more cups of black tea daily may cut their risk of stroke by 21 percent. Drink up some tasty black tea, and your heart will pump happily.

RECOMMENDED BRAND: Tazo Organic Darjeeling Black Tea

Twinings Pure Green Tea
Twinings Pure Green Tea

Green Tea: If your not feeling up to the intensity of black tea and want something more delicate, green tea is the perfect drink for you. This powerful tea is full of antioxidants. Drinking green tea, can help your memorize things, for example for exams, because it increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain. This exquisite tea is also a great aid for weight-loss!

RECOMMENDED BRAND: Twinings Pure Green Tea

“Green tea is by far my favorite tea. I can’t go a day without having it,” junior Charlotte Leforiestier said.

Two Leaves and a Bud's Orange Flower Oolong Tea
Two Leaves and a Bud’s Orange Flower Oolong Tea

Oolong Tea: This fruity, soothing tea has an endless amount of amazing benefits. Oolong tea is known to reduce chronic health conditions such as heart disease, inflammatory disorders, and high cholesterol levels, while providing vital antioxidants, promoting superior bone structure, healthy-looking skin and good dental health. If you feel like you’re about to catch a cold, you can also quickly drink a cup of oolong tea and it will cure you of your symptoms instantly.

RECOMMENDED BRAND: Two Leaves and a Bud’s Orange Flower Oolong Tea

 Yogi Tea's Relaxed Mind Herbal Tea
Yogi Tea’s Relaxed Mind Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea: Not many people take into consideration the unbelievable benefits herbal tea seeps. Studies find that drinking three cups of hibiscus herbal tea daily can help lower blood pressure in people with hypertension. Next time your feeling stressed about school, simply drink a cup of herbal tea and you’ll feel at ease.

RECOMMENDED BRAND: Yogi Tea’s Relaxed Mind Herbal Tea

Celestial Seasonings' Chamomile Herbal Tea
Celestial Seasonings’ Chamomile Herbal Tea

Chamomile Tea: About to catch a cold, or can’t go to sleep? Chamomile tea will be you’re go-to treatment from now on. Evidence suggests that this natural tea promotes sleep and helps soothe your body into a relaxing state.

RECOMMENDED BRAND: Celestial Seasonings’ Chamomile Herbal Tea

Teavivre White Peony (Bai Mudan) Tea
Teavivre White Peony (Bai Mudan) Tea

White Tea: Out of all these healthful teas, white tea is the least processed tea and contains the highest antioxidant levels. It helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthens your bones and leaves your skin healthy and glowing. This tea also is chock-full of caffeine, stimulating mental alertness when drank.

RECOMMENDED BRAND: Teavivre White Peony (Bai Mudan) Tea

Once again, you can’t go wrong with drinking tea. Not only does it have more health benefits than medication, but its enjoyable to sit and sip on.