More than a dozen herbal teas were compared for their antioxidant activity.
Red, green, or French green?
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 number one most antioxidant packed herbal tea? Dandelion. Who woulda guessed?
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