Unveiling the Potent Powers of Green, Black and Herbal Infusions (….and what to beware of).

Even if your allegiance lies with coffee, a soothing cup of herbal tea before bedtime might just work wonders within your body.

According to a study conducted at the University of Georgia, a delightful assortment of teas including raspberry zinger, eucalyptus mint, mint medley, green tea, and black tea demonstrated remarkable prowess, slashing the COVID prevalence by a whopping 96% within a mere 10 seconds of oral contact.

Each tea bag was steeped for a leisurely 10 minutes, revealing black tea as the champion, boasting a staggering 99.9% efficacy in thwarting COVID transmission potential.

“At this stage, we are not suggesting tea as a stand-alone intervention against COVID because the virus also replicates in the nose and may have already reached the lung by the time a person tests positive,” commented Malak Esseili, a virologist at UGA who spearheaded the research, adding “But tea can be an additional layer of intervention that the patients and their families can easily adopt on a routine basis.”

Echoing these findings, the Kyoto Prefecture University of Medicine corroborated the efficacy of green and matcha teas in combatting viral intrusion.

Herbal teas are a common way for herbs to be used for medicinal purposes. A herbal tea is a hot infusion, the best way to extract its beneficial components.

But the benefits of tea extend beyond pandemic protection:

Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)

The benefits of green tea are as diverse as they are impressive. From aiding in weight management to soothing skin inflammation, managing type 2 diabetes, enhancing mental focus, promoting heart health, and potentially warding off cancer, green tea is a true wellness elixir. 

Its remarkable concentration of antioxidants further bolsters its reputation as a health powerhouse, particularly in the area of cardiovascular well-being.

Black Tea (Camellia sinensis assamica)

As the reigning monarch of teas globally, black tea reigns supreme among its green, oolong, and white counterparts. With its origins in the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, black tea distinguishes itself through its unique processing methods. 

Believed to possess anti-parasitic properties and adept at combating inflammation and illness, black tea also shines in improving cardiovascular health, regulating blood sugar levels, and providing a gentle energy boost during sluggish moments.

Sage Tea (Salvia officinalis)

For those seeking to fortify heart health and reap the benefits of antioxidants, sage tea emerges as a stellar choice. Beyond its heart-friendly properties, sage tea combats inflammation, supports skin and oral health, enhances cognitive function, and regulates blood sugar levels. 

Regular consumption can significantly boost antioxidant enzyme levels in the bloodstream, further solidifying its status as a health-promoting brew.

Rosemary Tea

Beyond its culinary applications, rosemary tea boasts a multitude of health benefits. From serving as a natural hair wash to combating mental fatigue, supporting vision and mood, managing diabetes, and promoting liver health and digestion, rosemary tea is a versatile tonic. 

Its antiviral properties make it a valuable ally in the fight against respiratory ailments, particularly during colder months.

Clove Tea

Rich in vitamin C and boasting potent antibacterial properties, clove tea is a formidable defender against oral bacteria. Its antiseptic qualities freshen breath and alleviate mouth ulcers, while also helping with digestion and soothing heartburn. 

Furthermore, clove tea’s antiviral properties make it a trusted remedy for respiratory ailments, providing relief when winter woes strike.

Amongst the other teas readily available are:

Something to note

On a final note ‘Food Babe’ or Vani Hari is a revolutionary food activist, a best selling author and in 2015, Time Magazine described her as one of the “Most Influential People On The Internet”.  

Some of her valuable investigative work is making companies like Monsanto, Kraft and Kelloggs squirm.

Food Babe gives reasons why foods may be certified organic, yet they should never be on your shopping list. 

Below is FoodBabe’s findings on some of the popular tea brands:

Dr. Elmar Jung
Dr. Elmar Jung
2 replies
  1. Helena Gomer
    Helena Gomer says:

    Hope you’re well.
    Thank you so much for this info Elmar. I’ll check Vani Hari’s website to see which teas she deems safe.
    Thank you once again.
    Helena and Håkan


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