The health benefits attributed to Blueberry tea are varied and basically gotten from both its tea constituents and its blueberry fruit components.
Blueberry tea is the term used to refer to a type of flavored tea consisting of a black tea base that has been infused with blueberry flavor, and garnished with dried blueberry pieces and possibly other berries and even spices. Blueberry tea is quite aromatic and has a slightly sweet and tart taste.
Blueberry comes from shrubs that are part of the heath family. The fruit grows in clusters and are deep blue to black in color. The skin has a waxy streak that serves as its protective coat. Blueberry flesh is transparent and envelops very small seeds.
Blueberry tea can be enjoyed either of several ways:
- Simply place about a teaspoon of ready-made blueberry tea or gourmet blueberry tea loose leaf mix in a mug of newly-boiled water and allow to steep for about 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the leaves and drink. Adding a hint of honey or sugar can be made to sweeten the tea.
- Home-made blueberry tea can also be made by placing 1 teaspoon of loose-leaf black Ceylon tea or one black tea bag in a mug of hot water for about 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the leaves or the bag then add fresh blueberry juice to the mix. The strength of the blueberry flavor will be dependent on the quantity of the juice. This is ideally served iced on a hot, humid day.
- In place of black Ceylon tea, either rooibos tea or white may be substituted to make blueberry tea. Just follow the procedure in #2.
This fruity tea’s benefits are derived from the healthy constituents of the black tea leaves as well as from its blueberry flavoring and fruit constituent. Black tea is rich in antioxidants like catechins and quercetin. It is likewise abundant in amino acids, minerals (such as magnesium and potassium) and vitamins (like vitamins B, C and E).
Meanwhile, the blueberry fruit is widely considered a ‘superfood’ due to the wealth of nutrients and antioxidants that it possesses. It is quite rich in vitamin C and E, fiber, and the antioxidant anthocyanins which contribute substantially to the health benefits of the entire brew.
Following are possibly some health benefits obtained from this flavorful drink:
- May help in lowering the risk for developing tumors and cancer due to the antioxidant content of both the tea leaves and the blueberry fruit.
- May help lower blood pressure and may lower risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.
- May help lower the risk for developing liver ailments.
- May help improve brain function and may help lower the risk for developing related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
- May help promote gastrointestinal health as it has ellagic acid that may help protect metabolic pathways.
- May help strengthen the immune system and keep the health in check.
- The flavonoids within plants and fruits such as berries have been linked to a large and diverse level of health effects.