The Healthiest Herbal Tea


“The Healthiest Herbal Tea” Walking through the herbal
tea aisle can be daunting. Thankfully, last year,
this study was published, comparing the antioxidant activity of more than a dozen
different types of herbal tea. They’re all good for you, so the healthiest one is probably
the one you’ll drink the most of. But if you don’t have a favorite, which is healthiest? Bergamot tea, chamomile, dandelion, fennel, jasmine, hawthorn, lavender, lemongrass, lemon verbena, peppermint, rooibos—also known as red tea— rosemary tea, thyme tea, or rosehip tea? For years, I’ve been looking
for good herbal tea data— and here it was, all in one place, thanks to a group of
intrepid Korean investigators. For the first elimination round, let’s pick the top ten. There are 14 listed here. The first three to drop
out of the running? Bergamot, fennel, and thyme. Then, even peppermint
doesn’t make the top ten cut. Here are the top five: chamomile, dandelion,
lemongrass, rooibos, and rosehip. And the #1 most antioxidant-
packed herbal tea? Dandelion. Who would have guessed?

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