If you’re looking for a fruity-flavored tea, try the blueberry tea! Not only is it richly aromatic, but it also comes with several health benefits.
About Blueberry Tea
Blueberry tea can be considered a type of black tea which has been infused with blueberry flavor. It can also contain pieces of dried blueberry, as well as pieces of other dried berries. Blueberry leaves may be used, as well.
Blueberries are grown all around the world. Based on the place where they are cultivated, harvesting time may vary. In North America, harvesting starts in May and ends in late summer, while in the Southern Hemisphere, harvesting takes place during winter and may last until early spring. They are rich in vitamins, dietary fiber and dietary mineral manganese.
Blueberry Tea Cocktail
There is also a cocktail with the name “Blueberry Tea”. It is made from tea and liqueurs, and it is served hot, usually in a brandy snifter. The usual ingredients for the cocktail are Grand Marnier liqueur, Amaretto liqueur, and hot Orange Pekoe tea.
If interested, you can give it a try. However, be careful not to mix it up when ordering Blueberry Tea in a place that might serve both. Despite its name, it might not contain anything blueberry-related; still, the taste is fruity, similar to that of blueberries, which is why the cocktail is named Blueberry Tea.
How to prepare Blueberry Tea
There are several ways in which you can enjoy a cup of Blueberry tea.
For a classic cup of Blueberry tea, add a teaspoon of Blueberry tea leaves into a cup of hot water. Let it steep for 3-04 minutes before removing the leaves. Add sugar or honey to sweeten the taste.
Another way to prepare Blueberry tea is with black Ceylon tea. Add a teaspoon of leaves or a teabag in a cup of hot water and let it steep for 3-4 minutes. After removing the tea leaves or the teabag, add fresh blueberry juice and stir; the more blueberry juice you add, the stronger the flavor. This is ideal during hot summer days, when you can serve it iced. Also, you can replace the black Ceylon tea with rooibos tea or white tea.
Health Benefits of Blueberry tea
Drinking Blueberry tea leads to plenty of health benefits. The black tea leaves are rich in antioxidants, amino acids, minerals and vitamins, while blueberries have plenty of nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C and E. Together, they help you stay healthy!
The antioxidants that are found both in the tea leaves and in the berries are good at helping you fight off cancer. A cup of blueberry tea can reduce the risk of developing tumors and cancer. The antioxidants also have a neuroprotective effect on the brain. Therefore, it may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.
Blueberry tea also helps when it comes to muscle damage. This time, the antioxidants are the ones protecting the muscle cells from muscle oxidative damage which is usually associated with high-intensity exercise.
Blueberry tea reduces the risk of diabetes. Consumption of blueberry tea helps boost the insulin sensitivity. This way, the body uses insulin more efficiently to store glucose. It also helps lower the blood sugar levels, reducing the need for insulin. Blueberry tea lowers the blood pressure, as well, reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Polyphenols that are part of the blueberry tea’s composition help prevent urinary tract infections. They keep the harmful bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. Also, blueberry tea has ellagic acid, which protects the metabolic pathways.
Side effects of Blueberry tea
Besides the many health benefits, don’t forget that blueberry tea has a few side effects, as well. They’re not too harmful, but you should still remember them.
If you’re suffering from diabetes, you know that blueberry tea is good for you, since it lowers the blood sugar levels. Still, you have to carefully monitor your blood sugar levels. In some cases, it may lower the blood sugar levels too much, and you might get hypoglycemia.
Blueberry tea might affect blood glucose levels, so it might interfere with the blood sugar control both during and after a surgery. You should stay away from blueberry tea (and blueberries, in general) two weeks before the surgery.
Be careful not to drink too much blueberry tea! This applies to all types of tea, too. It is recommended not to drink more than six cups of tea per day. For some, it might be even less. See if you get any of the following symptoms: headaches, dizziness, insomnia, irregular heartbeats, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. If you get them, you should reduce the amount of tea you drink.
Blueberry tea is a delicious, aromatic type of tea. It’s also good for your health, as it combines the health benefits of both black tea leaves and blueberries. Drink a cup or two a day and you won’t regret it!