To get the full health benefits from drinking tea, you have to know a few things about it.
- Theanine and polyphenols are only in true tea: green, black, oolong, and white teas, which all come from the Camellia sinensis tree. Herbal “teas,” rooibos, and matcha don’t have true tea leaves in them and thus don’t contain these ingredients. (They may have their own health benefits, just not these particular ones.)
- Decaffeinated tea also comes from the Camellia sinensis tree, and the leaves have gone through a chemical process that strips out the caffeine. Be sure the package says “decaffeinated,” though, not “caffeine free,” or you may be getting herbal tea.
- Decaf teas do keep their theanine content through the decaffeination process, but we don’t yet know if they retain polyphenols.
- The strength of the tea is important. Studies that did look at steep time suggested it took at least three to five minutes for the tea to reach the necessary strength to provide a health benefit.
- Depending on the illness studied, participants needed to drink between two and six cups per day to get enough polyphenols.
- Green and oolong teas contain more polyphenols than black tea.
- Bottled teas can contain a lot of sugar or artificial sweeteners along with other things you may not want in your diet, especially in high amounts. Be sure to check the ingredients list.
- Tea Tree Oil, also called melaleuca, does notcome from the Camellia sinensis tree. While it may offer some health benefits, it doesn’t contain theanine or tea polyphenols.
Ginger is a popular herbal remedy that is part of traditional Chinese medicine for fibromyalgia. Ginger has multiple health benefits including reducing inflammation and chronic pain. In addition, this root can help fight nausea, digestive problems, motion sickness and morning sickness. Studies show that ginger has multiple health benefits and the potential to help people fighting a variety of diseases. One study found that ginger may help alleviate the pain associated with osteoarthritis. For fibromyalgia patients, the benefits of ginger include reducing pain, decreasing inflammation, fighting brain fog and improving digestion. Some patients report that ginger can help reduce muscle soreness and pain. Fibromyalgia patients may benefit from the use of ginger, so consider the following easy recipes.
GRATED GINGER TEA RECIPE:
This recipe uses grated ginger root. While buying ginger, look for roots that are firm and clean. Avoid buying roots that look wrinkled or show signs of mold. You can keep ginger in the refrigerator and prepare it ahead of time to make it easier. It is best to store ginger root in a clean towel or cloth inside a plastic bag or container.
2 teaspoons of fresh, grated ginger
2 cups of boiling water
2 teaspoons of sugar or honey
Grate ginger and set aside.
Bring two cups of water to a boil.
Add boiling water to a large glass or container with ginger inside.
Wait 10 minutes.
Strain the mixture and keep the water.
Add sugar or honey.
Drink the tea.