How To Make Blueberry Tea & It's Benefits

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Blueberry Hype

I've been hearing so much about these little blue fruits and their benefits, so I decided to do a little research on whether there was actually a thing called blueberry tea. And lo and behold there was!


Since then I've tried a few recipes on blueberry tea made from the berries and from the leaves, and they are both equally as tasty and as healthy as claimed by health nuts all over the world. You can take it hot or cold, it will be just as refreshing. I thought it would be a good idea to share them with you. So here goes!


Recipe + Directions For 1 Serving


Blueberry Tea From Fresh Berries

The ingredients and instructions are fairly simple and easy to do. This shouldn't take more than 10 mins.


Ingredients:

  • a handful of blueberries (rinse before use)

  • hot water

  • sugar to taste

  • optional honey and cream


Directions:

  1. Boil some water

  2. Reduce to a simmer and add the rinsed blueberries, and steep for about 10 mins

  3. Option to add a green or black tea bag to the hot water

  4. Pour mixture through a strainer, mashing the berries in the process to yield the maximum amount of juice.

  5. Add sugar, honey, and cream to taste.

  6. And you're done! It wasn't hard, was it!


One more thing: Feel free to add ice to serve it cold!


Blueberry Leaf Tea

Again, the ingredients and instructions are fairly simple and easy to do. This shouldn't take more than 10 mins. Blueberry leaves can be bought at most natural health food stores or online as well.


Ingredients:

  • a handful of blueberry leaves (rinse before use)

  • hot water

  • sugar to taste

  • optional honey and cream


Directions:

  1. Again, boil some water

  2. Reduce to a simmer and add the rinsed leaves, and steep for about 10 mins

  3. Option to add a green or black tea bag to the hot water

  4. Pour mixture through a strainer.

  5. Add sugar, honey, and cream to taste.

  6. And you're done! Tadah! basically the same process as the first recipe, we just swapped out the blueberries with the leaves.


Again, one more thing: Feel free to add ice to serve it cold! It tastes just as great!


Blueberry Tea Benefits


So let's set the record straight; Blueberry tea leaves have historically been used for medicinal purposes because they contain high levels of antioxidants, but blueberry tea itself does not cure diseases or substitute clinical medication. But it does provide a bunch of health benefits that will serve you in the long run. Benefits such as heart health, a boost in your immune system, improved cognitive function, and kidney health, and an increase in bone density.



Heart Health

Blueberries have high potassium content and this helps lower your blood pressure and thus reduces your risk of strokes and heart attacks. BOOM! In this way, blueberry tea does provide a boost to your cardiovascular system.


Digestion

Blueberries contain gallic acid which is a naturally occurring antioxidant. I needed a refresher on what antioxidants were, and according to Mayo Clinic:


Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or when you're exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation. - Mayo Clinic

As a result, blueberries naturally reduce inflammation throughout the body. Is there anything this fruit can't do?? Additionally, it eases both constipation and diarrhea. How cool! It's like an all-in-one cure.


Cognition

In short, blueberries can protect you from Alzheimer's, dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Again this is due to the antioxidants contained in this small but powerful fruit. Basically the antioxidants prevent oxidative stress, which in turn prevents these cognitive dysfunctions.


According to Medical News Today, "oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants." Honestly, what are all these terms, I wish someone would put these in layman's terms. Free radicals are "reactive oxygen species." They are "molecules with one or more unpaired electron." These excess free radicals can damage your brain on a cellular level, and this can lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.


So in short, don't skip out on your blueberry tea!


Immune System

Vitamin C and anthocyanins found in blueberry tea provide a true boost to our immune system. Vitamin C spurs the creation of white blood cells which act as an antioxidant, and the anthocyanins neutralize the free radicals before they cause cellular damage.


FYI: According to very well health: Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid, a class of compounds with antioxidant effects. Found naturally in a number of foods, anthocyanins are the pigments that give red, purple, and blue plants their rich coloring. In addition to acting as antioxidants and fighting free radicals, anthocyanins may offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits.


Vision

Blueberry tea contains Vitamin A which prevents against macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is an eye disease that causes vision loss. It affects more than 10 million Americans. Can you believe drinking blueberry tea regularly can strengthen your vision and prevent vision loss? Don't you love herbal natural remedies! I do!


Circulation

Iron is present in blueberry tea, as is calcium, which can improve iron uptake by the digestive system. Iron is also a key component of red blood cells, which means more oxygenation to extremities of the body and tissues that require repair or regrowth. Improved circulation can also increase energy levels and prevent symptoms of anemia. [8]


Anticancer Potential

I can't have mentioned it enough, but the gallic acid and antioxidants in this tea can greatly reduce your risk of colon, prostate, breast, lung and cervical cancer. This can be backed by a paper by Sarah A Johnson of Colorado University and Dr. Bahram H Arjmandi of Florida University, USA. They co-authored a research paper that highlights the superfood properties of blueberries and their apparent effect on cancer.


Side Effects of Blueberry Tea

Blueberry tea has very few side effects. Please see below for a quick rundown of possible negative side effects:


Stomach Issues: When consumed excessively, you may experience indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, or some form of stomach upset. Yes, too much of a good thing can be bad. Always practice moderation even with good things!


Allergic Reactions: These are rare but they do occur. Symptoms are typically swollen lips, tongue, gums, rashes, swelling, or general itchiness. If any of these symptoms develop after drinking this tea, obviously it would be a good idea to discontinue use immediately.


Pregnancy: If you are breastfeeding or pregnant, always consult your doctor before adding blueberry tea to your diet.


Conclusion

Blueberry tea from the fruits and the leaves provide an abundance of health benefits! The side effects are close to null! Go get some!


Have you tried blueberry tea? If so, did you enjoy it? What twists did you add to the recipe?


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