Inflammation Fighting Teas
It’s quite amazing when you think about our body’s ability to heal itself. If we suffer a tiny cut or infection- no problem! Our body’s immune system sends specialised white blood cells to the affected area which help to prevent the spread of the infection or illness and repair the damage. This whole response is called acute inflammation, and without it, our body would be defenceless!
Although acute inflammation is useful, chronic inflammation is something to be concerned about. Chronic inflammation is linked to conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis and heart disease. Different varieties of tea can contribute to preventing and managing unwanted chronic inflammation.
We’ve listed our favourite hot drinks that help to keep chronic inflammation away:
This tea is unprocessed, which helps it to retain its distinctive colour. It contains folate, B vitamins, manganese, potassium and other antioxidants, in particular, the antioxidant called catechins. Catechins are flavonoids, which may help to fight inflammation and protect the body from cardiovascular disease and different types of cancer. It has also been suggested that catechins prevent excessive oxidative stress due to its antioxidant properties.
This hot beverage undergoes a fermentation process that transforms its taste and colour. Black Tea contains flavonoids (theaflavins and thearubigins) that have been suggested to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may prevent the creation of free radicals in the body.
This tea is said to have protective and anti-inflammatory flavonoids that protect cells from damage. White Tea is packed to the brim with antioxidants that help to fight free radicals and prevent cells from undergoing oxidative stress. Consuming white tea may help to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
This tea has anti-inflammatory properties that may help to lower oxidative stress in the body (free radical damage). Rooibos tea contains the flavonoid quercetin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help to treat high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
The combination of black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper and clove gives this blend its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. All of these ingredients have benefits for your body, and when combined together they are even more beneficial. The antioxidant content helps to fight free radical damage and can reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce pain associated with arthritis and aids digestion.
This tea contains anti-inflammatory properties, flavonoids and essential oils that can penetrate below the skin’s surface, this promotes skin health. Chamomile tea helps to lower inflammation by fighting free radical damage, which can improve your immune system as well as reduce pain and swelling.
This has become increasingly popular in recent times- and it’s easy to see why! Turmeric contains curcumin. This is a natural anti-inflammatory compound that can help to boost your immune system and alleviate swelling from arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.