The Best Green Teas to Improve Your Heart Health
It’s not a secret—research shows that drinking green tea is good for your health. In particular, studies suggest that this tea is particularly good for cardiovascular health, as it may lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels, both of which impact the heart.
Because of its many benefits, everyone should be sipping on green tea. And, luckily, there are so many different types out there that everyone should be able to find something special that they like. So take a look and start making that shopping list.
Ok, we’re going to jump right in and get personal. Jade Citrus Mint is my personal favorite green tea. A combination of China Chun Mee green tea, lemon verbena, lemon grass, and spearmint, it is the perfect pick-me-up at 3:00 in the afternoon when the day starts to drag. It has a little caffeine, but not enough to keep you up all night if you have an early bedtime.
Versatility is important. Even more important: Having a go-to green tea you can drink hot or cold anytime of year. Tea Source’s Green Tea with Mandarin Orange is sweet and citrusy, which means you don’t need to add any sugar that could counteract its health benefits. Green Tea with Mandarin Orange is a combination of Sencha tea—the most popular green tea in Japan—orange flavoring, and safflowers.
Teasource Green Tea with Mandarin Orange
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The number one selling jasmine tea in Japan, ITO EN’s Jasmine green tea is brewed with jasmine flowers picked at their most fragrant. It’s unsweetened and has the same amount of caffeine as about 2/3 of a cup of coffee, making it a perfect drink for when you need boost of energy.
Seize the day with Palais des The’s Vive Le The! A green tea that features ginger, lemon, grapefruit, and orange notes, it’s perfect for first thing in the morning when you’re feeling a little foggy. Available in both teabags and a loose leaf tin.
Palais des Thes Vive Le The
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Double up on your superfoods with DAVIDsTEA Goji Green. Goji berries are a mineral rich fruit that are said to have anti-aging properties. This tea combines goji and green tea with raspberries, hibiscus, rosehips, and orange peels for a delicious mélange of flavors. Best served as an iced tea, Goji Green’s ingredients include stevia extract for a little extra sweetness.
DAVIDsTEA Goji Green
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This one sounds a little weird, but stay with me here. I promise it’s a good one. Genmaicha is a Japanese “brown rice tea” that blends green tea and roasted rice. You can definitely taste the rice when drinking this tea, and the overall effect is delicious and comforting. Genmaicha has less caffeine than most green teas, which makes it good for people looking to keep their stimulant levels at a minimum.
Tea Guys Genmaicha
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Made from organic tea leaves sourced from China, Inda, and Sri Lanka, Yogi Pure Green Decaf tea is naturally decaffeinated so the its antioxidant benefits remain intact. This is the green tea to enjoy as you’re relaxing at the end of a long day and getting ready to snuggle into bed.
Yogi Pure Green Decaf
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Lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar, Tea’s Tea Pomegranate Blueberry Green tea is a refreshing treat for hot days. It only has 80 calories, is USDA organic certified, and each bottle delivers 200 percent of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C. Also available in Lemon Mint, Peach Ginger, and Hibiscus flavors.
Tea’s Tea Pomegranate Blueberry Green Tea
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HiCAF Gingermint Green Tea Bags have 50 mg of caffeine—twice as much as a regular cup of green tea. The caffeine content of this brew is increased through the addition of green tea extract and pure caffeine pulled from premium tea leaves. This is the green tea to go to when you’re having a particularly rough morning.
Twinings Green Tea is the quintessential green tea for everyday sipping. This is the tea for people who want something simply and tasty without a lot of fuss. Keep a box of this in your kitchen, in your desk at work, and anywhere else you may want a warm cuppa on a moment’s notice.
When you think green tea, a few places immediately come to mind: Japan, India, Sri Lanka. But that doesn’t mean you should limit yourself. That’s why master tea blenders Harney & Sons decided to branch out and look for tea in unexpected places; they found this Colombian Green Tea after one of their tea tasters told them to check it out.
Harney and Sons Colombian Green Tea
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Some research indicates that the smell of mint can improve your cognitive abilities, enhancing reasoning, problem solving, attention span, and memory. Stash’s Organic Merry Mint Green Tea has spearmint, wintergreen, and peppermint for the mintiest tea experience possible. So brew up a cup and enjoy that extra brainpower to go with your heart health!
Wight Tea Tropical Green Tea
I know, I know, going on a tropical vaca every time things get stressful just isn’t practical. But what if you could bring a bit of the tropics to you? Wight Tea Tropical Green Tea has mango, coconut, papaya, and lemongrass, giving you beach vibes even when you’re sitting at your desk checking email.
Wight Tea Tropical Green Tea
|$30/4oz tin||See On Wight Tea|
Sometimes, you need to take time to pause and smell the jasmine flowers. Song Tea’s Snow Jasmine tea harmonizes a smooth green tea base with the scent of jasmine. The jasmine flowers themselves are scattered over the tea leaves during drying so the tea absorbs their moisture and residual aromatic oils. This is a delicate tea that deserves to be savored.
Song Tea Snow Jasmine
|$24/2oz||See On Song Tea|
Even with all of the options out there, there are some people who just do not like the taste of green tea. Luckily, we have an option for you. Zhou Green Tea Extract Supplements offer many of the health benefits of green tea, as well as an energy boost!
Zhou Nutrition Green Tea Extract
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