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The Best Teas to Drink to Start the New Year

| 12/6/2019 7:30:00 AM

Aah! What's better than a nice hot cuppa on a cold winter's day? Tea is a fantastic beverage that warms icy fingers and toes while offering a host of health benefits. 

If you think tea only came in a bottle or from one plant, think again. You can make a tea out of the leaves of many plants, but some remedy specific troubles. If you want to jumpstart the new year in the healthiest way possible, try one of these varieties tailored to your needs. 

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1. Green Tea 

Green tea and black tea come from the same plant — the difference is the maturity of the leaves. Both are rich in antioxidants, but the verdant variety has less caffeine. It has far less than a cup of coffee, so if you're trying to reduce caffeine intake overall, try alternating a cup of green tea with each mug of joe. 

What is an antioxidant, and why are they so important? Oxidative stress refers to a disturbance in the balance between damaging free radicals and the substances that combat them. Free radical damage leads to cellular death and plays a role in the development of diseases. What elements fight free radicals? Antioxidants for the win! 

2.  Cinnamon 

Currently, tens of millions of Americans live with either diabetes or prediabetes. If you fall into the prediabetes camp, make cinnamon tea your new best friend in 2020. A recent meta-analysis of the efficacy of cinnamon in treating Type 2 diabetes found a clinically significant reduction in fasting blood sugar among those who used the herb. The powdered form of this tree bark proved the most effective, so consider adding a scoop to your other favorite tea recipes. You'll get a hint of sweetness and improve your glucose metabolism. 

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