The potential health benefits obtained from drinking Cherry tea are numerous and delivered by both its tea component and its cherry fruit elements.
Cherry tea refers to a type of flavored tea that most popularly consists of a black tea base, usually Ceylon tea, which has been combined with cherry extracted flavor and garnished with dried cherry pieces and possibly other fruits and spices. Cherry tea possesses a flavorful aroma and contains a slightly sweet taste.
The cherry is a type of stone fruit that has fleshy tissues. The fruit is succulent and possesses a sweet flavor with certain sour notes. The flesh encloses a stone at its core. There are several different types of cherries. The colors of the cherry fruit range from bright to dark red. It is believed that the darker the color of the cherry, the more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are enclosed within.
Cherry tea can be enjoyed several ways, such as:
- Simply place about one teaspoon of cherry tea into a mug of newly-boiled water and allow it to steep for about 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the leaves and drink. Adding some honey or sugar can help sweeten the tea.
- A home-made cherry tea can also be made using 1 teaspoon of loose-leaf black Ceylon tea or one black tea bag. Place it in a mug of hot water for about 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the wet leaves or the bag then add fresh cherry juice to the mix. The strength of the cherry 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, rooibos tea may also be used to make cherry tea. Just follow the procedure in #2.
The benefits derived from Cherry tea comes from the healthy constituents of the black tea leaves as well as from its cherry fruit phytochemicals and flavoring components. Black tea has an abundance of antioxidants like catechins and quercetin. It is also rich in amino acids, minerals (such as magnesium and potassium) and vitamins (like vitamins B, C and E).
Meanwhile, the cherry fruit is considered by many to be a ‘superfood’ due to the wealth of nutrients and antioxidants that it possesses. It is very rich in vitamin C and E, fiber, iron, potassium and calcium. It is likewise rich in the antioxidant anthocyanins and substance pectin, which contribute substantially to the health benefits of the entire brew.
Below are some benefits gotten from this flavorsome fruity brew:
- Cherry tea may help in lowering the risk for developing tumors and cancer due to the antioxidant content of both the tea leaves and the cherry fruit.
- Cherry tea may help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels and may in turn lower the risk for heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
- Cherry tea may help fight inflammation and muscle pain, as well as pain from arthritis, gout, and headaches.
- May help strengthen the immune system and keep the health in check.
- May help enhance mood and vigor.
- Likely contributes to the body’s detoxification processes.
- May be promising for the reduction of uric acid levels in the body.
- The flavonoids within fruits are connected to a myriad of health benefits.