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Powerful Teas That Fight Inflammation

Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, certain plants may relieve pain that’s caused by inflammation.

Plants, herbs, and spices have been used medicinally for centuries.

They contain powerful plant compounds or phytochemicals that can prevent oxidative damage to your cells and reduce inflammation.

Drinking tea made from these plants, herbs, and spices is an easy way to enjoy their benefits.

Green tea comes from the same shrub as black tea, but the leaves are processed differently, allowing them to retain their green color.

The health-promoting compounds in green tea are called polyphenols, of which epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most potent (1Trusted Source).

EGCG has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve some of the flare-ups associated with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (1Trusted Source2Trusted Source).

In a 56-day study in people with ulcerative colitis who didn’t respond to conventional medication, treatment with an EGCG-based medication improved symptoms by 58.3%, compared with no improvements in the placebo group (2Trusted Source).

Green tea also seems to reduce inflammation-driven conditions like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and even certain cancers (1Trusted Source).

To brew green tea, steep a tea bag or loose tea leaves in a tea infuser for five minutes. Matcha powder is finely ground green tea leaves, and you can simply stir a spoonful into hot water or milk.

While green tea is safe to consume for most people, it contains caffeine, which may negatively impact sleep in some people. Plus, drinking large amounts of this beverage may inhibit iron absorption (3Trusted Source).

In addition, compounds in green tea can interact with certain medications, including acetaminophen, codeine, verapamil, nadolol, tamoxifen, and bortezomib, so check with your healthcare provider — especially if you drink a lot of it (4Trusted Source).

If you want to give green tea a try, you can find it locally or online. Matcha powder is widely available as well.

Also known by its Hindi name tulsi, holy basil is a perennial plant native to India and Southeast Asia. In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s known as “the incomparable one” and “queen of herbs” due to its wide range of health-promoting properties.

Referred to as an adaptogenic herb in alternative medicine, holy basil is thought to help your body counter emotional, environmental, and metabolic stress. These are often the root causes of inflammation that lead to chronic disease (5Trusted Source).

Both animal and human studies have found that holy basil has anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels (6Trusted Source).

Compounds in the leaves and seeds of the holy basil plant may also reduce uric acid levels, alleviating the pain that results from inflammatory conditions like gout and rheumatoid arthritis(6Trusted Source).

Some of holy basil’s compounds fight inflammation by inhibiting the cox-1 and cox-2 enzymes, which produce inflammatory compounds and trigger pain, swelling, and inflammation (6Trusted Source).

Holy basil or tulsi tea is available at many natural food stores and online. To brew it, use loose leaves or a tea bag and let it steep for five minutes.

Tulsi tea should be safe for most people to drink every day.

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Posted on: July 27 2019

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