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Updated February 7th, 2024 at 14:16 IST

Consume These Teas To Boost Your Immune System

From matcha tea to hibiscus tea, these different types of the beverage will help boost your immune system.

Consume These Teas To Boost Your Immune System
Consume These Teas To Boost Your Immune System | Image:Unsplash
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Teas are not only a culinary delight but they also happen to have multiple health benefits. From clearing your sore throat to boosting your immunity, teas are loaded with benefits. The best part is that there are multiple flavours and types to choose from. 

Here are a few teas that will help you boost your immunity. 

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Matcha tea

Matcha is rich in antioxidants, specifically catechins, a type of polyphenols. Catechins are a substance found in tea that may help reduce inflammation by fighting against free radicals. Keeping this cell damage to a minimum can help reduce your risk for developing chronic diseases.

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A cup of matcha tea | Image: Unsplash 

White tea

White tea comes from the Camellia sinensis (or tea) plant and happens to be the least processed type of tea. It is also the least strong in flavor. The very delicate white tea is produced by picking the buds and leaves of the tea plant before they are fully open. The history of white tea goes back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE). It was then considered a luxury item and given as a form of tribute to the emperor of China. White tea has multiple health benefits. It also contains catechins. These antioxidants then protect the cells from damage by compounds called free radicals.

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Even though too much free-radical damage can have harmful effects on the body, white tea seems to be one of the best types of teas for fighting free radicals. 

Turmeric tea

Turmeric is used as a spice. However, the powder, which is grated from the turmeric root, can also be consumed as tea when added to water. This spice is best known for its curcumin, an active ingredient that gives it its signature orange-yellow color. It is said that curcumin supports the immune system by regulating the growth of immune-system cells and cancer-causing cells and reducing inflammation in the body. 

File photo of Turmeric tea | Image: Unsplash 

Hibiscus tea

Hibiscus tea is a blend of dried hibiscus flower petals, sepals and leaves. The flowers come in different colors and are high on antioxidants, specifically anthocyanins. This may protect cells, tissues and organs by strengthening the cell membranes, making them less porous and vulnerable to free radicals.

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Published February 7th, 2024 at 14:16 IST

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