In a market filled with high content sugar aerated drinks and their addiction across all peer groups, one may find a healthier and a natural alternative which gives the same energy boost without the consumption of sugar and chemicals.
This alternative comprises natural teas. Best forms of such teas are green tea and spearmint tea, both of which can be consumed either hot or cold.
Green tea comprises the leaves from Camellia sinensis which has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia. It has a multitude of uses ranging from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer.
While Spearmint belongs to the same family as peppermint, it is a different species altogether. Spearmint has been used in Ayurveda for centuries for its ability to soothe colic in infants, reduce nausea and help relieve gastrointestinal issues.
Spearmint and Green tea both serve the same purpose; they are healthy and natural, but before choosing either one of them, we have several influencing factors.
Both teas serve a different purpose on the nutritional level. It’s nutritional value contains antioxidants, nutrients that enhance health and well being. It has been used as a treatment for a variety of conditions including weight loss. It is also used as a preventative measure for diseases such as cancer, although the evidence for the majority of these conditions is weak or lacking.
Spearmint, on the other hand is a pleasantly aromatic herb known for refreshing the human body, packed with numerous health benefiting vitamins, antioxidants and phyto-nutrients. Unlike Green teas, spearmint teas are caffeine free teas, hence a good option for people who are caffeine sensitive. This is one of the major advantages of spearmint teas, over its other natural counterparts.
Flavors & Taste
For some people, it is simply a matter of taste. People often ‘don’t like green tea’ because they think it tastes bitter and grassy. It is very delicately flavored but its flavour can be overpowered easily by the addition of other ingredients.
When it comes to Spearmint, it has a bright and cooling effect, and it has a naturally refreshing taste with a long lasting mild taste with no bitterness due to a lack of caffeine content. Spearmint tea can be combined with other ingredients to create uniquely flavored drinks.
However, either of the teas prove most beneficial when combined with natural ingredients. Any kind of artificial flavors not only degrade the taste, but also is not advised from a health point of view. For instance, natural antioxidants can be enhanced when consumed with fruits rich in Vitamin C while adding sugar can result in calories.
Both the teas both have health benefits, yet spearmint tea has an edge over the green tea when it comes to long list of many benefits. Most of the claimed health benefits of this tea comes along with its side effects which are not major ones, but need attention.
- It may improve metabolism and help lose weight.
- Antioxidants in this product may lower risk of various types of cancer
- It may have anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral properties.
- It may lower risk of Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- Spearmint tea relieves headaches, stress, nausea and fatigue among other things.
- It acts as a natural nasal and throat decongestant, relieving the symptoms of asthma and sinusitis.
- Its naturally occurring antioxidants cause detoxification of the body.
- It helps with skin allergies and clears acne through its antioxidant effect, preventing the clogging of pores on the skin.
- Spearmint Tea has long been used for a variety of stomach and bowel complaints, as it tends to increase bile production in the stomach and aid digestion. â
- It has been scientifically proven to reduce symptoms in cases of severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
- It functions as a mild remedy for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
- The most essential benefit of spearmint tea is its ability to naturally treat Hirsutism I.e abnormal hair growth in women.
- Spearmint tea has been found to have strong antifungal, antibacterial properties and takes care of fungal infections.
- Spearmint tea helps reduce Inflammation
It is said that green tea should be consumed in moderation because of its side effects. It is not a good choice for pregnant and lactating women.
It has been shown to interfere with medication. Too much of green tea consumption might increase the chances of iron deficiency. Drinking too much green tea can cause deficiency of calcium
Caffeine in green tea has deleterious effects in large doses and can lead to a variety of health ailments. These include insomnia, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhoea and frequent urination in some people. Also people with heart problems, stomach ulcers, psychological disorders (anxiety) and kidney disorders should avoid green tea.
Since spearmint tea is made out of a herb, there are no side effects noted till date.
Owing to the side effects of green tea, its always advisable to have not more than 1-2 cups. Green tea is manufactured by almost every tea company, choosing the right one with high quality leaves is really important to get the maximum benefits.
Spearmint is purely herbal so having it 2-3 times a day will only add more advantage to your body than any side effect.
The Bottom Line
To conclude, it’s a personal choice on which one to go for. But one cannot deny the facts and figures about both these teas. Green tea should be consumed keeping in mind the benefits and side effects. Along these line, spearmint tea has become widely popular because of its vast benefits and of course, because of the lack of side effects.