Teas to boost your health
What it does Ease anxiety and take your stress down a notch with valerian, the wonder herb for calming and soothing tension. This plant can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and has been clinically shown to reduce anxiety. It works by helping to switch off a ‘buzzy brain’ without the ‘hungover’ side effects some sleeping pills have the next day. In fact, users say they feel rested and more alert than normal.
Added bonus It can also ease upset stomachs and overactive digestion.
What it does Ginseng root is a traditional Far East asics gel ern tonic to promote energy, improve circulation and revitalise. Red ginseng, which has been sun dried, is thought to be especially potent. It contains compounds that help the body deal with stress and support adrenal function.
Added bonus Ginseng has asics gel been used to boost sexual function and may have anti cancer properties.
Cautio asics gel ns Don’t take at night as it may keep you awake. Seek advice if you are taking blood pressure medication or you have adrenal problems. It’s a Chinese large leafed tea that contains compounds to boost metabolism and decrease fat absorption.
Added bonus Pu erh is said to aid in lowering cholesterol.
Cautions Pu’erh is high in tannin which can affect nutrient absorption, so drink it away from food. Limit to three cups daily. It has a gentle, naturally laxative effect on the body and can be taken at night to stimulate a bowel movement in the morning.
Cautions Do not exceed three cups in 24 hours. Avoid if pregnant or nursing, or if you have diarrhoea, abdominal pain or intestinal obstruction. Do not use with laxatives. Do not give to under 4s. Children 4 12 should not ta asics gel ke more than half a cup daily.
Added bonus Can relieve water retention. It’s also used to treat urinary and prostate problems
Cautions Don’t use if pregnant or if you have a nettle allergy. Similar in taste to black tea, Rooibos has no caffeine and only half the tannins. You get all the benefits of normal tea without the drawbacks (caffeine can keep you awake while tannins can interfere with the absorption of minerals such as iron).
Added bonus Rooibos is being investigated for its anti ageing and anti cancer properties. It contains compounds that have been shown to increase the body’s defences against bacteria and viruses.
Added bonus New research suggests Cat’s Claw may help protect against certain cancers, heart disease and premature ageing.
Cautions Don’t use if taking blood thinning medication, during pregnancy or breastfeeding, before surgery, or after organ or bone marrow transplants.
What it does Damiana is a South American shrub renowned for its libido boosting qualities. It contains oils that can raise your ‘feelgood’ factor, plus a compound called sitosterol that stimulates sexual response in both men and women.