With a chill in the air in Northern Michigan, it certainly feels appropriate to celebrate hot tea! Not only does it provide an inner warmth, but it also contains cell protecting antioxidants. To provide a nerdy-cool fact, green tea, black tea, white tea, and oolong all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, with their differences arising primarily from differences in processing. Herbal teas vary in that they are made from herbs and varying plants…think lavender or chamomile for example.
Now to get back to the antioxidants…tea made from the Camellia sinensis plant contains polyphenols (herbal teas may contain other types of antioxidants). These plant compounds provide antioxidant benefits to do your body good! Preliminary evidence reflects that polyphenols could help prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Beyond tea, some berries such as blueberries are a great source of polyphenols – thanks Graceland, muuah! For an in depth list of food sources of polyphenols, check out this article from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition: https://www.nature.com/articles/ejcn2010221
Your Super Fruit Sidekick,
Tara, MS, RDN