The Health Benefits of Tea and Our Favorite American Sources

Health Benefits of Tea

Have you been working hard to keep those New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier and take care of your body? Did you know that something as simple as drinking the right type of hot tea can help? Studies have shown that certain types of teas can improve health, prevent diseases, and even aid in weight loss. 

January is National Hot Tea Month which makes it the perfect time to brew some American-grown tea and enjoy the health benefits.  To get those benefits, you want to have confidence in the quality and integrity of the ingredients. Below is a list of the healthiest types and our suggestions for American  sources.  Enjoy!

Though it comes in many varieties, white teas, green teas and black teas are the most popular and more studied. These varieties are all derived from the same plant, the Camellia sinensis.  All make a great cup of hot tea!


White tea comes from the young leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant. Since it is picked the earliest and is the least processed (the leaves are usually just steamed and dried), it is shown in studies to contain the most polyphenols, the powerful anti-oxidant that fights cancer causing cells. Polyphenols help in reducing cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.  New studies show that white teas may retard the growth of the bacteria that causes Staph, Strep, and Pneumonia infections. It also contains the least amount of caffeine.  White tea is a great hot tea for unwinding at the end of a long day.

Try Tea Hawaii & Company’s Forrest White which is grown in the rainforests of Hawaii.


Green tea is made from leaves picked from a more mature Camellia sinensis plant. Its leaves are processed more than white tea leaves. They are steamed and scalded for several minutes. This seems to be the most studied tea, and it has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. Green tea also contains a high level of polyphenols and is believed to lower the risk and spread of certain types of cancers. Studies have also shown that green tea can strengthen the immune system and help burn body fat.  Green tea is a wonderfully healthful hot tea for any time.

Try Organic Premium Tea by Mauna Kea Tea.  Mauna Kea Tea is grown in Hawaii using the process of natural farming (no tilling, no weeding, no pesticides, and no fertilizers). It is hand picked and hand processed.


Black tea is made from more processed, fermented, green tea leaves. It carries similar benefits to green tea. Studies show black tea can reduce the risk of oral cancer in smokers. Black tea contains the most caffeine and studies have shown it can give your memory a boost and regular drinking may help protect against Parkinson’s disease.  The caffeine in black teas can also aid in the boosting of energy. A cup of black hot tea generally contains about 1/2 the caffeine as the same size cup of coffee.

Try Classic Black Tea by Mighty Leaf Tea. This Classic Black Tea comes in many flavors and is even available certified USDA Organic. Each Mighty Leaf Tea pouch is packed and hand stitched in San Rafael, California. 

For more information on the health benefits of teas, check out the Science Daily website. Pictured is the teapot and jumbo cup from the classic American-made Fiesta collection by Homer Laughlin Companymade in West Virginia, and the handcrafted Family Creamer and Sugar, made in Rhode Island by Peter Pots Pottery.

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Post by Tracey Hanson

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  1. My family is British and according to them, tea can keep you alive longer. My great aunt just turned 103 on December 27… so I think they are on to something!
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  2. Tamra Phelps says:

    I do love tea (more iced tea than hot, though.) I like a good, strong black tea.

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