How do you take your tea? With cream, sugar, honey? And the salt?
This is what chemistry professor Michelle Francl suggested for neutralizing bitterness in her book “Steeped: The Chemistry of Tea.” A tea controversy has erupted on social media, reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party – if only because the American Embassy in London and the British Yorkshire Tea Company got in on it (all having fun) on X.
Despite the recent hubbub, the one thing we can agree on is that tea drinking is very personal. Some people drink black tea, while others prefer herbs.; some prefer a sugar cube while others prefer honey.
But if you’re a fan of peppermint tea, we’ve got you covered. Here are all the health benefits you need to know.
Is peppermint tea good for you?
Yes. Tea in general is healthy – it’s an easy way to increase hydration and is full of antioxidants. Tea contains polyphenolic compounds, which have antioxidant properties, registered dietitian Danielle Crumble Smith told USA TODAY. Studies show that antioxidants in teas could prevent and treat diseases such as cardiovascular disease and have anti-aging and anti-diabetic effects.
But each tea offers unique health benefits.
Benefits of Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is known to soothe the stomach and promote regular bowel movements, says Crumble Smith.
A 2021 study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine found that peppermint oil reduced the frequency and severity of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Other animal studies suggest that peppermint tea may relax gastrointestinal tissues. Peppermint calms stomach muscles and improves bile flow, according to Mount Sinai Health Systems.
According to a 2019 study examining the effects of aromatherapy, smelling peppermint may also reduce anxiety. Other studies show that peppermint tea can relieve migraines, headaches, muscle spasms, and menstrual cramps.
However, Mount Sinai advises people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or hiatal hernia to avoid peppermint tea. Peppermint may worsen symptoms of heartburn and indigestion because it relaxes the muscle between the stomach and esophagus and allows stomach acids to move up into the esophagus.
Does peppermint tea have caffeine?
No, peppermint tea naturally does not contain caffeine. If you’re looking for an energy boost, try black tea, which has about half the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee, at 47 milligrams, or green tea, which has 28 milligrams in an 8-ounce cup.
But even though it doesn’t contain caffeine, peppermint tea can improve your alertness and memory. Crumble Smith cites a study in which students who drank peppermint tea before a cognitive assessment showed increased alertness and memory.
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