True tea comes from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, often known as the tea plant or tea bush. Green, black, white, oolong and pu-erh teas are all produced from the same plant. Recently, Oklahoma senior care experts learned herbal infusions, such as those made from peppermint, chamomile and other plants, are technically not “tea,” although they may have their own health benefits.
Studies have suggested that a good old-fashioned cup of tea can have significant health benefits for seniors as tea is loaded with antioxidants that may help ward off a variety of age-related ailments.
Green and White Teas
Green and white teas, which undergo minimal processing, generally contain the highest concentrations of antioxidants. Both teas, however, green tea in particular, have high levels of an antioxidant known as EGCG, which may help fight cancer, lower cholesterol and alleviate allergies, according to studies published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Cytotechnology. European researchers have also linked green tea with decreased risk of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.
Black, Oolong, and Pu-erh Teas
Black, oolong and pu-erh teas, which are aged and fermented to varying degrees, have also been linked with many health benefits. Some studies have shown that black, oolong and pu-erh teas may reduce the risk of stroke and improve lung health in ex-smokers. Dark teas generally have higher levels of caffeine than green or white tea. Moderate consumption of caffeine is linked with increased alertness and muscle strength, although excessive caffeine can have adverse effects.
Tea drinkers should take care to avoid high-calorie additives such as sugar and creamer, which can offset any potential health benefits, while bottled and instant teas are often loaded with sweeteners and artificial ingredients. For optimum health, tea should be brewed fresh and enjoyed in its pure form.
Aside from drinking tea, there are other things your senior loved one can do to maintain optimal health, like eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly. If he or she needs help implementing and adhering to healthy lifestyle changes, consider an hourly caregiver who can grocery shop, prepare meals, provide physical assistance, and offer emotional support and companionship. Call Home Care Assistance today at 405-285-4191 to learn more about how our part-time home care services can help your loved one live a happy, healthy life in the comfort of home.