Health Benefits of Cranberry and Black Cherry Tea

I have been a die-hard coffee drinker since the age of 16. I am in my sixties now and my daughters seem to be bending over backwards trying to convert me to tea drinking. Mind you, I love tea. I enjoy it very much. Not just for the flavor but for the medicinal value. It seems like every other day there is something published about the health benefits of tea.

And to think that, according to available information, tea was discovered accidentally. That’s what they say! It seems that some guy in China was preparing a meal and had a pot of water boiling. It was a windy day and leaves were blown into the pot of hot water. To the cook’s surprise, the water was turned into an amazing drink. That’s how brewing tea began. The versions of this story or legend vary, but it sounds believable to me. After all, aren’t many of the wonderful things we enjoy in life discovered accidentally?

According to tea historians, there is a record of tea drinking that dates back to the 3rd century AD. But it is believed that tea drinking can be traced all the way back to the Shang Dynasty and if that beginning date is correct, then the joys of tea drinking started during the second millennium BC. This means that from that point in time, the passion and love for tea managed to take hold of the entire world. The Chinese love it. The Japanese and Koreans love it. The British love it. The Africans love it! The Americans love it! Who doesn’t love tea?

And you can’t just say you love tea because that statement is entirely too broad and generic. You need to break it down. What kind or flavor of tea do you like? Because there are all kinds. Don’t believe me? My daughter went on a spending spree and brought several different boxes of teas. There were flavors I had never even heard of like Gingerbread Spice and Sugar Plum Spice. Of course, those are very likely specialty teas for the holiday season. But still! She also had all kinds of fruit teas and teas made from flowers and black tea and green tea, etc. etc.

I decided to choose a tea not so much based on the taste but for the tea’s medicinal value. I figure at my age, that’s probably the best bet.I enjoy cranberry tea or black cherry tea.

Why cranberry tea?

When I was in the hospital (decades ago), right after giving birth, I was given a choice of apple juice, orange juice, and cranberry juice. The nurse recommended that I drink cranberry juice. She said it would restore a lot of the vitamins and minerals I had lost during childbirth. So I thought to myself: ‘If cranberry juice is good, then cranberry tea is probably good too.’

So is my logic correct? Does cranberry tea have medicinal value? You bet it does! Guess what’s in cranberry tea? Lots of minerals and vitamins such as Vitamins C, K and E. There are numerous health benefits, but what I mainly like about it is that it is good for weight loss. It helps burn fat and flushes toxins out of your body. It is considered a detox tea. Some health professionals say it can be used in treating breast cancer and stomach cancer; and also for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. I don’t know that personally for myself because I don’t suffer from either malady. Additionally, I like it because its color complements the festive mood of the winter holiday season. The health benefit is that it uplifts my mood and makes me happy.

Why black cherry tea?

Black cherry juice and black cherry tea are in high demand. I discovered the health benefits accidentally. My late husband had a problem with his big toe. Turns out that it was gout and eating black cherries helped. Well, black cherries are not always in season and in the grocery store’s produce section. So what was the alternative? Juice or tea. A bottle of juice is kind of expensive for our grocery budget. But the tea is reasonably priced.

Cherry tea helps reduce inflammation, eases muscle pain, decreases pain from gout, from arthritis, and headaches. Maybe this is why a lot of medicine comes in cherry flavor. You think? My only regret is that I did not know about this remedy when I was growing up. My father suffered from arthritis and I never saw him drink tea. He drank one cup of coffee a day, sweetened with saccharin and colored with a little bit of cream. My mother was a coffee drinker too! Ah well! Live and learn. At least I found out about it in order to treat my husband’s health problems. Black cherry tea is similar to cranberry tea in that it is also used for detoxification.

If you are not really a tea drinker but you want to try different teas, start with cranberry or black cherry tea. Drink in the morning, during the day, or just before going to bed. In addition to the medicinal benefits, they taste great!

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