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Anti-inflammatory teas are very little known in the western diet. You see Inflammation is the natural cause of transforming food to energy so we could go about our day. However excessive inflammation has been linked to the host of many many dysfunctional diseases. Arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome AKA IBS, are common causes of chronic inflammation. Although over time Chronic inflammation could cause the DNA damage and lead to cancer.
The good news is you can prevent chronic inflammation by implementing a healthy diet. Drinking tea is one of the best ways of doing so. Tea history is long and unclear but it’s likely started in the Yunnan region during the Shang dynasty as a medicinal drink.
So without further ado let me introduce you the best anti-inflammatory teas in the world.
Indeed turmeric is one of the best anti-inflammatory substances known by the human in history. It’s available either in the form of fresh roots or powdered. Turmeric tea is made of crimson orange roots. These roots are sacred in Ayurvedic medicine. The plant contains the active ingredients called polyphenol curcumin.
Curcumin is known to fight chronic inflammation. It aids in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia. Other than that it may also help in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness. Thus enhancing recovery and performance in active people[*].
.Fresh Turmeric Tea
You can simply grate 2 inches of turmeric roots in 8 oz of filtered water. Add a pinch of black paper [to activate even more anti-inflammatory potents] and boil it for 5 minutes. Then strain out the liquid into a cup. Add a dash of honey and voilà. Just be aware if you want to reduce inflammation cut added sugar in any form as much as possible.
Ginger is in the family Zingiberaceae, to which also belong turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. Ginger originated in Island Southeast Asia and was likely cultivated first by the Austronesian peoples.
It has a distinctive spicy and tingling flavor.
Ginger contains compounds known as gingerol and shogaol. Which is a strong anti-inflammatory potent and helps to reduce and heal inflammation. It’s been shown to fight cancerous cells as well. Its NSAID, and Non- Steroidal properties can be used as a natural painkiller. Also According to the Arthritis Foundation, ginger tea may help to reduce pain associated with inflammation-related diseases[*].
.Fresh Ginger Tea
To make your own fresh ginger tea. just put a tablespoon of freshly grated ginger. Then add 8 oz boiling water. You can add a few drops of lemon juice or zest to have a great aromatic tea. Also adding a dash of honey makes it sweet and smooth.
Green tea is a tea made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are harvested, withered, and dried to prevent oxidation. Green tea offers a delightfully earthy and grassy taste.
Main factor component in green tea that boasts anti-inflammatory properties are catechins—particularly EGCG.
Epigallocatechin gallate is a catechin that has been shown to reduce inflammation. One study showed that catechins and flavonoids in green tea work hand in hand to inhibit protein denaturation. Resulting in decreased inflammation [*].
Other than that green tea fights free radicals and dysfunctional cells which exposed to oxidative stress. As you may know, oxidative stress is a gateway to chronic inflammation. In which it can be reduced by drinking green tea.
If you want to enhance your weight loss process and stay more fit studies show green tea can help for weight loss too [*].
Studies have found that the higher catechin content in green tea makes all the difference when it comes to preventing inflammation. Here is the breakthrough fact, matcha has 137 times the catechin concentration of the average green tea. No wonder healthy crowd are going crazy about them these days. Preparing matcha needs some practice. Some people believe the process of making matcha is therapeutic and calming.
5.Cat’s Claw Tea
Cat’s Claw is a native Amazonian herb. The plant can easily grow 80 to 100 feet. There are two cat’s claw plants that have been used medicinally. Tomentosa is more common in the US while guianensis is popular in Europe.
In fact, South Americans are using Cat’s Claw as a remedy to arthritis, stomach ulcer, and overall inflammation for centuries.
The ancient Incan civilization also used cat’s claw for viral infections and for immune system stimulation [*].
Cat’s claw suppresses the TNF-alpha synthesis, therefore helping relieve symptoms associated with lower back pain, arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis) and other inflammatory diseases.
Rosemary is a member of the mint family. Along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender. It’s an evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean. Rosemary was traditionally used to reduce muscle pain, improve memory and focus as well as digestion. It is not recommended to consume very high doses. Lab studies suggest that rosemary contains a high amount of antioxidants. Which play an important role to reduce oxidative stress [*].
.Fresh Rosemary Tea
TO make fresh rosemary tea take one rosemary spring and separate the leaves. Then crush it in a mortar and pestle. Boil the filtered water, put the crush leaves in a tea strainer or tea ball and drizzling the boiled water over the crushed leaves and let it sit for 5 minutes. You can add a teaspoon of honey and few lemon drops to smooth the taste.
7.White Willow bark tea
White willow bark tea has been used in the Egyptian and Roman culture over thousands of years. Its effect has been attributed to its main component salicin. A small number of clinical studies have been shown that using willow bark tea reduces chronic lower back pain, joint pain and osteoarthritis.
Willow bark extracts also are widely used in sports performance injuries and weight loss products. Due to anti-inflammatory properties.
Ingredients in the extracts including other salicylates as well as polyphenols and flavonoids may also play prominent roles in the therapeutic actions. This tea could be used for joint pain, lower back pain, and even common headaches [*].
Cinnamon is a worldwide spice from the inner bark of a tree which is native to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The genus Cinnamomum has been used for its herbal and aromatic properties. According to the odd magazine, cinnamon stands on the 3rd place in the hierarchy of most used spices in the world. The English word “cinnamon”, attested in English since the fifteenth century.
Egyptians imported cinnamon as early as 2800 BC with protecting its source. This tea made by infusing cinnamon bark into the hot water. Cinnamon is a woody spice that has a sweet and savory flavor. The tea is very popular and used worldwide.
Cinnamon tea may help reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation is related to cardiovascular issues including blood clots which will lead to the heart attack. Studies shown, there are several flavonoid compounds in cinnamon (e.g., gossypin, gnaphalin, hesperidin, hibifolin, hypolaetin, oroxindin, and quercetin) that have been isolated and have anti-inflammatory activities [*].
Although cinnamon help for weight loss and stimulation of insulin to enhance a better metabolism.
.Fresh Cinnamon Tea
Pour a cup and a half of water into a teapot. Add a Cylon cinnamon stick [it has a more sweet flavor than other cinnamon alternatives] and boil it for 20 minutes on the low heat. Then let it sit for another 15 minutes. Take the stick out. Add a few drops of lemon juice to make the famous Te De Canels traditional Mexican tea and enjoy.
9. White Tea
White tea is considered one of the truest natural teas. Only the top two leaves will peaked and harvested for this tea. Leaves sun-dried immediately to preserve its natural properties. It has a slight sweetness and floral taste.
A study published in the Journal of Inflammation suggests that white tea offers anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. The polyphenols in white tea work to prevent inflammation in dermal fibroblast cells. Cells that rebuild connective tissue and help the skin recover after an injury. The anti-inflammatory compounds may also help ease inflammation in the joint tissues [*].
Rooibos tea is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea that comes exclusively from South Africa. The plant can only be found in the Cederberg mountains. Nestled in the northeast of Cape Town. The tea is also known as Red Bush tea and brews into a rich maroon hue. It offers a tart and sweet flavor similar to cranberries.
The Animal studies show that rooibos tea can help to lessen inflammation thanks to flavonoid compounds. rooibos tea also offers aspalathin and nothofagin components as an active ingredient to reduce inflammation. The research indicates these two flavonoids are more powerful than other flavonoids for treating chronic inflammatory conditions. The animal study demonstrated that drinking rooibos tea can prevent DNA damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress [*].
11.Rose Hip tea
Rose hips are the ball-shaped of the rose flowers located below the rose petals. They carry rose seeds and they turn orange and red after the flower’s gone.
Fresh Rose hips are packed with vitamin C.
However, much of the vitamin C in the rose hip is destroyed during drying and processing and also declines rapidly during storage. Because of this, vitamin C products have actually been fortified with lab-made vitamin C, but their labels may not always say so.
The study with over 300 participants found that regular usage of rose hips for three months resulted in a significant decrease in inflammation, pain intensity, and joint stiffness [*].
In addition to that rose hips are block the enzymes that breakdown cartilage, as a result, it’ll create more inflammation [*].
.Fresh Rose Hip Tea
You can make your own rose hip tea by collecting them from your garden or even on the hike. It’ll take three months for hips to dry. Place rose hips into a clean cloth and hang them in cool, dark and dry corner of the pantry. to make rose hips tea crush a hand full of dried hips till it looks like chili flakes. Add two tablespoon of flakes into 8 oz of boiled water. Let it steep for a couple of minutes then strain the tea and enjoy. Although You can buy tea bags and save a lot of time.