Brew Your Iced Tea for Maximum Health Benefits

5. Masala chai

A black tea infused with a variety of spices, such as cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and star anise. All of these spices boost the tea’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is traditionally brewed with whole milk and sugar.

6. White tea

Harvested as buds rather than leaves, it is the least processed of the true teas, retaining a high level of antioxidants. It generally contains less caffeine than green or black tea and has a lighter taste. Plus, white tea has oral health benefits, including preventing plaque (and it doesn’t stain teeth).

7. Chamomile tea

A caffeine-free herbal tea with a slightly earthy and sweet taste. It is often recommended before bedtime; chamomile contains an antioxidant called apigenin, which can induce drowsiness and reduce insomnia, especially in older people. Try making this tea with fresh lemon, grated ginger and a little honey.

8. Hibiscus tea

Made with dried hibiscus flowers, a shrub that grows in tropical regions around the world. Slightly tart, fruity and bright pink, this caffeine-free tea contains high levels of antioxidants. Drink with caution, however: too much hibiscus can have a laxative effect.

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