Time to tea off

There is a different tea for each time of the day. Aastha Khurana tells you more

Indians are fond of having tea. They mix and blend different types to suit their tastebuds. But what many people are unaware of is that there is a particular variety of tea for each part of the day.

A cup of ‘green tea’ is a healthy way to start your day . “Green tea kills oxidants in body and helps weight loss. It helps detoxification of skin. Besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissues. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots”, says Dr Ritika Samaddar, HOD, nutritional therapy, Max Healthcare. She, however, adds that green tea should be avoided after six in the evening as it can lead to insomnia.

Darjeeling Tea (black) is the best mid-morning tea. Black tea tastes the best when brewed in a kettle. “Black tea blends with every flavour. One should have it with fresh herbs like tulsi and rosemary in the morning. During evening, cinnamon and cardamom are well suited. It is also good for students during exams as it helps them stay awake,” says Radhika Batra Shah, a noted tea connoisseur and tea consultant with Godrej Nature’s Basket.

“Black tea can help prevent heart attacks, and stomach, prostate and breast cancer. The chemicals found in black tea slow down cancer growth”, says Dr Samaddar.

After a heavy lunch, flower teas like chamomile, jasmine and lavender work wonders. “Flower teas blend beautifully with black tea for a stronger version,” Radhika adds. Chamomile tea has an aromatic and fruity flavour and is known for being effective against toothaches and insomnia. It helps settle indigestion and reduces skin irritations. Jasmine tea can be taken at any time of the day and goes well with food. It aids digestion, has antibacterial properties, helps prevent heart disease and has anti-ageing component.

Regular use of floral tea can make a significant contribution. Apart from having medicinal benefits, floral tea also gives a sense of calm and peace.

Oolong tea is the best accompaniment to meals. “It helps people with heart-related issues. It can promote longevity by stimulating bodily functions and strengthening the immune system. It promotes the development of healthier and stronger bones, protecting people from osteoporosis,” tells Radhika. Oolong is popular with men as it tastes like having a cigar.

White tea aka bedtime tea is the perfect choice to end your day. “White tea thins the blood and improves artery function. It helps lower blood pressure and reduces blood sugar. It reduces stress and increases energy. It is good for people who are on a diet as it keeps them away from sweets. It increases metabolism by encouraging the body to burn more fat,” says Radhika.

Source: The Pioneer