Deterring chronic inflammation with lifestyle choices is key to optimal aging and health. There are many strategies to help, including sipping on a freshly brewed cup of tea, or two. Here are some teas that contain polyphenols which research suggest combat inflammation:
Green tea’s are rich in health-promoting compounds called polyphenols. Specifically green teas contain epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which research suggests has anti-inflammatory characteristics. Enjoy a pot of green tea or a matcha!
Research has found that the active polyphenol in turmeric, curcumin, may tamp down the activity of cytokine molecules which are otherwise considered to be pro-inflammatory. The findings of a meta-analysis support curcumins ability to relieve inflammation, specifically inflammation of the joints. While a higher dosage may be required for these benefits, it can’t harm you to add more turmeric into your health routine – whether as a simple tea, or a warm golden tea latte! Top your turmeric off with a few shakes of black pepper to boost curcumin absorption.
Rose hip tea
Rose hip also contains anti-inflammatory polyphenols, which work to prevent cellular damage. Additionally, it is rich in fat compounds which may help to inhibit proinflammatory enzymes. If you’re looking for a slightly tart, slightly sweet tea with a floral flavor, give rose hip tea a try!
Rooibos tea is rich in polyphenols called flavonoids which research suggests may help fight inflammation and oxidative stress. Rooibos has a subtle nutty flavor and a wonderful natural sweetness!
Ginger tea contains the compounds called gingerol and shogaol which also work to combat inflammation and oxidative stress. Research supports the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger. If you’re looking for a nice anti-inflammatory kick, a glass of ginger tea is an easy option!
Comfortably combat inflammation with these medicinal teas!