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JOHANNESBURG – All this talk about Black Coffee slapping people has probably got you sipping some tea. So much drama though.

If you are running out of tea, no worries, we’ve got you covered. We have a list of the five most popular types of tea and their benefits that you can sip your way through the drama.

Black Tea

Examples: Darjeeling, Ceylon
Benefits: Black tea have high concentrations of flavonoids which help reduce clotting of the arteries and act as an antioxidant that reducing levels of damaged free radicals in the body.

Green Tea

Examples: Gunpowder, Dragonwell
Benefits: Helps fight cancer, reduces the risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol levels. A bonus as it has less caffeine than black tea.

White Tea

Examples: Silver Needle, Kukicha
Benefits: If you’re trying to lose weight, white tea is your solution. It contains antioxidants that help assist with weight loss. It also reduces the risk of cancer, helps lower cholesterol levels and boosts cardiovascular activity. White tea basically has the same antioxidants as green tea but on a higher scale.

Rooibos Tea

Examples: While rooibos tea may not many kinds, it does have many blends and flavoured variants.
Benefits: This tea which is naturally caffeine free and well known for its healing, medicinal and weight loss properties, scientists have found that rooibos tea can help protect against mutagenesis – the process whereby the genetic material of a cell is damaged. Mutagenesis is one of the major causes of cancer and other diseases.

Oolong Tea

Examples: Black Dragon, Formosa, Pouchong
Benefits: Improves bone structure, skin and is good for dental health. It has a fruity flavour and despite its caffeine content, it can still be extremely relaxing to drink.

Now you can sip on that tea knowing that your body is getting awesome benefits.