Last updated on December 7th, 2017
Benefits Of Loose Leaf Tea & Where To Buy It
If you're checked out My Journey To Health, you may have guessed that tea wasn't always my thing. In fact, tea was so far off my radar it's laughable. Fast forward to know and I can officially be classified as a tea addict. Loose leaf tea, green tea especially, comes with so many astounding health benefits it would be silly for me not to love it!
Loose leaf tea has become a staple in my house and even my two year old daughter loves it! I drink tea daily and keep a bottle of chilled tea in the fridge for her to sip on when she's bored of water. She calls it her “special tea” and it makes my heart melt!
When I first started drinking tea, I like most peopled delved into bagged tea isle at the grocery store for my purchases. To be honest, they sucked. Not only are they miniscule in flavor but I've since learned that bagged tea has very little health benefits in comparison to loose leaf!
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In short summary, the tea in the bagged tea your purchase if often the dust and broken pieces from the actual tea leaves. Because they are broken (and sometimes almost just dust), the tea has lost most of its quality and often when steeped taste bitter (the aroma has been released in the breaking of the leaves).
On top of that, most bagged tea has been so heavily processed that there's little left of the goodness of the actual tea.
Loose leaf tea on the other hand, is still in its purest form and often much less processed from picking to steeping. Because of this, it not only retains it's delicious aroma and flavor but all of its original health benefits as well.
Once I learned all this, I easily made the switch to loose leaf tea! Though admittedly, there were a few stumbles along the way (read more about those further down).
Below are some key reasons (benefits) of why you should work loose leaf tea into your daily routine.
Tea Is High In Antioxidants
Perhaps the most well known health benefit of all. Loose leaf tea, even gourmet tea, is high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to neutralize damaged cells which help us not only look and feel better but also prevent and improve disease.
White tea especially has been said to help lower cholesterol because it is the least processed out of the teas. This makes it the amount of antioxidants in the tea higher than the others and thus is a special perk of white tea.
Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
Green tea has been shows to prevent atherosclerosis and lower bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol.
Reduce Inflammation & Weight
Again, green tea especially has been shown to reduce inflammation, specifically in the bowels. Not only would this improve your immune system but it also helps with weight loss too. On top of that, it helps boost your metabolism which aids in weight loss.
Studies are still being done on this one but it`s been rumoured that loose leaf green tea, because of its potency, has been shown to protect the body from cancerous cells accumulating and progressing.
Loose leaf tea has been shown to have a calming effect on the body but matcha especially helps boost mental clarity. Matcha tea is extremely potent and can help boost memory and concentration.
The truth is, loose leaf tea has many more benefits than I could ever list. Herbal teas have been used in tinctures and healing for ages and each flower, herb and tea come with their own health benefits.
So where do you purchase loose leaf tea?
As I've alluded to above, not all teas are created equal. And while there are some deliciously flavored teas, I've been devastated on learning that many companies add in artificial ingredients, sweeteners and sugars to their teas to create flavor.
When the point of tea is to boost your health profile, adding in sweeteners only cancels out the benefits.
Instead, my advice is to find a company that focuses on quality and still has really delicious tea. And I finally found one! Adagio Teas are one of the best that I've tried. They're a family owned company based in New Jersey and the reason I love them is because they focus on quality and healing versus additives. Plus, their loose leaf tea tastes amazing!
I recently purchased and order with them and here's what I got:
- Turmeric Bliss
- White Fuzzy Navel
- Rooibos Apple Cinnamon
- Green Rooibos Blueberry
- Matcha Apple Cinnamon
- Wild Strawberry
By far my favorite was the Turmeric Bliss- but I expected that! Not only does turmeric come with its own list of benefits but the tea is so light and fruity I absolutely adore it. Note: the bag says to only use 1/2 a teaspoon per serving but I personally enjoy the flavor with a bit more
All of the teas I order this time around taste amazing. The Apple Cinnamon is perfect on a cold night as it's extremely flavorful. The Blueberry tea was a great pick me up mid morning and the fuzzy naval is uplifting anytime (though I adore peach tea!)
As for the matcha, this was my first experience making a matcha latte (there will be a recipe coming soon!) but it was amazing. The apple cinnamon flavor is perfect for fall and whipping it up with almond and coconut milk made it ultra creamy and oh so comforting! Normally I add a little bit of matcha to my smoothies for a boost but it was amazing to give it a try warmed.
And of course, my daughter loved (and drank all of!) the wild strawberry. Not only is it fruity and refreshing chilled but the color is a deep pink so it was a pretty big win with her.
Truthfully, if you're looking to get started drinking loose leaf tea or need a new variety of teas, check out Adagio. The prices are fair, the tea is insanely delicious, they have a great variety and best of all- they focus on quality and service. It really doesn't get much better than that!
Note: I'm actually not an affiliate for this company, I just really enjoyed their tea!
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Loose leaf tea comes with a host of health benefits from disease prevention, weight control and mental clarity. With so many health benefits it's a wonderful idea to begin working loose leaf tea into your daily routine. And with so many flavorful options- you'll never get bored!