Tea Talk Pt 3/3: Is there caffeine in herbal teas and other health benefits.


Hey everybody, Caffeine Man here and
today is tea talk part 3. In part 3 I’m going to be going over herbal teas. Is there
caffeine in herbal tea? What are the health benefits of herbal tea? Are they
as good as regular tea? Find out all this and more, coming right
up! INTRO: C *THUD M *THUD* *LIGHTING STRIKE* Welcome again everybody to part three of tea talk. Tea talk was an extensive
and informative discussion on most things tea related. Tea is a very large
topic so I tried to discuss a large chunk of it in a three-part series. More
tea videos will pop up on my channel as time goes on so if you like these videos
about tea, feel free to hit the subscribe button. If you missed parts one and two
I’ll include a link down in the description box below and I’ll include a
card right here to part one if you want to check it out. In part one, I went over
how much caffeine is in tea as well as how many kinds of tea there are. In part
two, I discussed all the health benefits of tea. In this part, I’m going over
herbal teas; if there’s any caffeine in herbal teas; and the health benefits as
well. Now a lot of you might be saying “why is caffeine man doing a video on
herbal teas? There’s no caffeine in herbal teas? It’s like you’re an oxymoron.” “What did you just call me?” Well in a majority of cases, most people are
correct. MOST herbal teas do not have any caffeine in them, but there are a few
that DO. But before we get into that, let’s talk about what herbal teas
actually are. Herbal teas aren’t actually true teas. When we refer to “true tea’s”,
the true teas all come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, which include black tea,
green tea, dark tea, white tea, oolong tea and yellow tea. Herbal teas are made from
all different kinds of plants and can be made with fresh or dried flowers, leaves,
seeds, dried fruits and spices, and herbs and roots. Nowadays, a lot of people drink
herbal tea for it’s large variety of delicious flavors. A lot of people also
like it because it’s a caffeine free beverage, in most cases. Herbal tea is a
good substitution for coffee, for those that like to have a daily morning
beverage, but it also has great health benefits. There are a lot of antioxidants
in herbal teas, not as many as regular true teas, but still a lot and the health
benefits for these teas will vary based on what kind of herbal tea you’re
drinking or what ailment you may be trying to overcome, if any. Herbal teas can date back to centuries ago. I mean, centuries ago. Back
when shamans went out into the backwoods to get herbs to heal people. That kind of
centuries ago. Heck, I mean, Ayla was making these herbs way back in the day
when Iza started teaching her. Is that Daryl Hannah? If anyone actually
gets that reference, without Googling it! Let me know in the comments below. Is there caffeine in herbal tea? Most people would say no. Most people would be wrong. While it is true that a majority of herbal teas don’t have any caffeine in them, there are some that do. Not many, but some. They are two Holly plants, Yerba Mate and Guayusa. The Yerba Mate plant is grown and processed in South
America and known to have many health benefits… and caffeine. Believe it or not, I actually found this drink here, Yerba Mate, at a local convenience store several months ago. I’ve actually been having it once a week ever since then because it’s really good and it’s not carbonated and non-carbonated is always
a plus in my book. I picked it up because it was in the energy drink section and
wanted to try it out. It’s completely organic, it’s vegan, it’s part of the
Fairtrade and it has lots of health benefits. The fact that it was not
carbonated definitely helped out as well then, when I tried it, I thought it was
delicious and continued to buy it. It actually has 160 milligrams of caffeine
in it and it’s a 15.5 ounce can so you know it’s competitive with the other
energy drinks out there and a lot healthier. Guayusa is a somewhat rare plant and can be found in the Amazon rainforest. It is
treasured for its unique balance of caffeine, antioxidants, vitamins, amino
acids and it’s energizing effect that is similar to coffee and Yerba Mate and
it’s catechins provide a slow release of caffeine for sustainable energy. This
gentler and more sustainable release of caffeine is said to create mental
strength and focus, rather than a caffeine buzz. In addition to the two
Holly based plants, there’s also the cacao plant or more widely known as the
cocoa plant, which are the same plants that chocolate come from. It also
contains a small amount of caffeine, so if you’re gonna be having an herbal tea
with a cocoa base, it’s gonna have caffeine there are also several herbal
blends that include cocoa in its ingredients. This leads me into the topic
of blends. With so many different plants and fruits
that herbal teas are made from there are a smorgasbord of ingredients. I mean some
of these herbal teas have more ingredients than some of the trail mixes
I’ve seen and with all these ingredients they sometimes have green tea, black tea
and white tea, mixed in with them as well. Therefore it’s always safer to just read
the package to find out if there is caffeine and what the ingredients are. If
you see anything that says tea its most likely going to have caffeine in it. And
that brings me to one more common misconception about a certain tea. jasmine
tea is sometimes thought of as an herbal tea. Not to the people that know tea but
the people that don’t really know tea. They know that jasmine is a plant so
they think that it’s an herbal tea but jasmine teas are usually mixed with a
green base. But it’s also been part of a black base and a white base and the
Jasmine is just added to those teas. Jasmine doesn’t actually have any
caffeine in it but a jasmine tea will have caffeine, because it will have green
tea or black tea or white tea as its base. But like I said, in the majority of
cases, herbal teas aren’t gonna have any caffeine in them, but there are a few
exceptions to that rule to keep an eye out for. So with all these plants, fruits,
leaves, seeds, roots, teas, herb, there are hundreds of different kinds of herbal
teas. Which ones are the healthiest? Which ones taste the best? Well I can’t go
over them, all because as you can see the list is long, but I picked out ten that
are a mix of healthy and tasty. if I happen to miss one of your favorites
feel free to let me know in the comments below. First off, the one that we all know
and may love, is chamomile tea. Personally, being Caffeine Man, I don’t
like chamomile tea. I’m fairly calm as it is. I actually need caffeine just to make
me partially sociable, but I’m a weird one like that. I know most of people in
the world do need things to calm them down and that’s what chamomile tea is
for. Chamomile tea is most known for having it’s calming effect and it’s
frequently used as a sleep aid. In one study of 80 postpartum women
experiencing sleep issues, drinking chamomile tea for two weeks led to
improved sleep quality and fewer symptoms of depression. Another study,
with 34 patients of insomnia, found marginal improvements for those who took
chamomile extract twice a day. In addition to its calming properties,
Chamomile also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and liver protecting
effects. Other smaller studies found that Chamomile tea can actually reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. In people with
type 2 diabetes saw improvements in blood glucose insulin
and blood lipid levels. Peppermint tea. Peppermint tea is one of the most
commonly used herbal teas. It’s primarily used to help support digestive tract
health but it also has antioxidants with anti-bacterial and antiviral properties.
Several studies show that peppermint oil, which often includes other herbs as well,
can help relieve indigestion, nausea and stomach pain as well as being effective
in reducing spasms in the intestines and esophagus. It’s also effective in
relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome plus it tastes like peppermint.
Ginger tea. This is a personal favorite of mine because I like spicy things and
I even make it myself with fresh ginger. it’s super simple to make and I usually
add honey to it. Some people like to add lemon but I’m not a fan of the acidity
in lemon so I stick to honey. Ginger tea helps fight inflammation and stimulates
the immune system but it’s mostly well known for being an effective remedy
against nausea. Studies consistently find that ginger is effective in fighting
nausea, especially in early pregnancy and it may even relieve nausea caused by
cancer treatments and motion sickness. Evidence also suggests that ginger may
help prevent stomach ulcers and relieve indigestion or constipation. Overall,
everyone’s known that ginger has health benefits. Making tea on it just extracts
those benefits into a liquid form. Hibiscus tea. Hibiscus tea is made from
the colorful flowers of the hibiscus plant. Hibiscus tea has antiviral
properties and test-tube studies have proven that it’s extract against strains of
the bird flu. However no evidence is shown that it can help fight off flu
symptoms. Hibiscus tea has shown a positive effect on high blood pressure.
On the downside, Hibiscus tea may interfere with the duration of the
effects of aspirin therefore it’s best to take them a few
hours apart. Cinnamon tea, another favorite of mine. I like almost anything
cinnamon flavored. I say almost everything because I recently tried some
cinnamon caffeine gum. Not good! But if you want to find out more about some
good caffeine gums, I’ll include a card above that’ll take you to a video about
caffeine gum. But overall, cinnamon, two thumbs up. Studies have shown that
cinnamon is good both for the body and mind. Cinnamon is known to clear the brain improve cognitive speed, increase focus and encourage the growth of neuro-pathways. It’s also good for
calming an upset stomach, gas, diarrhea and improving digestive health. Its
stimulating effect on stomach acids help digestion be more effective and
decreases the chances of gastrointestinal uncomfortableness. Yhe
antioxidants in cinnamon tea also help boost the immune system which helps
guard you against colds, the flu and other infections. This is especially
effective in the stomach where many harmful pathogens can be found.
Echinacea tea. Echinacea tea is an extremely popular remedy for fighting
off the common cold or preventing colds as well. Studies have suggested that
echinacea helps boost the immune system which
could help the body fight off viruses and infections. Although there have been a
lot of studies showing that it does help reduce the duration of a cold, science has
yet to give a definitive answer on it. Come on science, with technology today,
just do it! Get on it! Rosehip tea. Rosehip tea is made from the fruit of the rose plant. It’s high in vitamin C and other beneficial health properties. Several
studies have looked into the ability of rose hip powder to reduce the
inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. Many of these studies found
it effective at reducing inflammation and its related symptoms including pain.
Rosehip may also be beneficial for weight management. One 12-week study of
32 overweight individuals found that taking rose hip extract, resulted in
decreased BMI and belly fat. Rosehips anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
benefits may also help fight skin aging. One preliminary study found that taking
rose hip powder for eight weeks reduced the depth of wrinkles around the eyes
and improved the moisture and skin of the face. Sage tea. Sage tea is well known for it’s
medicinal properties. And scientific research has begun to support several of
its health benefits especially for brain health. Hey science guys, work on that
echinacea stuff. I heard it’s good. A number of test-tube, animal and human
studies, have shown that sage is beneficial for cognitive function as
well as potentially effective against the plaques involved in Alzheimer’s
disease. A number of other studies found improvements in mood, mental function and
memory in healthy adults, after they took one of several different types of
sage extract. What about the unhealthy adults? Additionally, one small study
found that sage tea improved blood lipid levels while
another study in rats found that sage tea protected against the development of
colon cancer. Do people care about rat’s colons? I am not showing a picture of that! Passion flower tea. The leaves, stems and flowers of the passion flower plant
are used to make passion flower tea. The passion flower tea is traditionally used
to relieve anxiety and improve sleep and studies have started to support these
uses. One study found that drinking passion flower tea for one week,
significantly improved sleep quality scores. Two other human studies found that
passion flower tea helped reduce anxiety. Yet another study found that
passion flower tea helped relieve the mental symptoms of opioid withdrawal,
such as anxiety, irritability and agitation, when taken in addition to
clonidine, the medication usually used for opioid detoxification treatment. Last
on my list, and I saved the best for last, or at least in terms of health benefits,
is Rooibos tea. Rooibos tea is a red tea, or more accurately, a red bush tea. Rooibos
tea is grown in South Africa on the western coast and it’s a tea that’s been
gaining a lot of popularity over the years for its health benefits. They’ve
been doing studies of its health benefits and have claimed potential
health benefits to help protect against cancer, heart disease and stroke. Some say
that if these tests prove positive it could become more popular than green tea… for
everything that you need to know about green teas health benefits, I’ll include
a card above. Rooibos teas are low in tannins. Tannins are natural compounds
present in green and black tea and can sometimes interfere with the absorption
of certain nutrients, such as iron. This is usually if you’re having excessive
amount of tannins. Additionally high tannin intake has been known to cause
headaches in some people and in a few random cases. And more studies are needed
to prove that. Rooibos with its low tannic count, removes those concerns when you’re drinking tea… if you were concerned about that. If you watched part
two of tea talk you’ll know how important and how powerful antioxidants
are. Rooibos is jam-packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants may help
protect cells against free radicals. And over the long term,
their effects may reduce the risks of illnesses such as heart disease and
cancer. Some of the antioxidants in Rooibos tea are linked to a healthier heart
by positively affecting blood pressure. It may also lower your bad cholesterol,
your LDL, and raise your good cholesterol, your HDL.
Healthy cholesterol levels give added protection against various heart
conditions including heart attacks and stroke. May reduce the risks of cancer.
This is one that we hear most about in tea and is still being widely debated
and many more research studies are being taken place to help prove this. All of it
is based around the antioxidants in these drinks and the benefits of these
antioxidants. Test tube studies note that the antioxidants in rooibos tea could
help kill cancer cells and prevent tumor growth, however no human studies have
confirmed these effects… yet. May help people with type 2 diabetes.
Rooibos tea is the only known natural source of the antioxidant aspalathin,
which in animal studies, have suggested anti-diabetic effects. One study in mice
with type 2 diabetes found that this antioxidant balanced blood sugar levels
and reduced insulin resistance, which could prove promising to people with
type 2 diabetes. Overall the health claims around Rooibos tea vary widely and there are a lot more claims that have been unverified as
well. Among those include bone health, improved digestion, and being used as a
sleep aid as well as to help out allergies. Of course the lack of evidence doesn’t
necessarily mean these claims are false, it’s just that they haven’t been proven
in studies yet. And there you have it! The three-part series of tea talk I hope you enjoyed every episode that I did and there’s gonna be more tea talk in the
future so definitely feel free to subscribe if you want to stay informed
on all things caffeine related. Thanks for joining me. Have a good day

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