Do you ever have digestive issues after a meal? There are certain teas that are believed to help with this, due to the particular herbs that they’re made from. Please take care to speak with your doctor if you’re on any kind of medications, before starting to regularly take herbal teas for digestion, especially as digestive issues could be a sign of something more serious.
Here are a few different teas that people use to help with the digestive process, including herbal and regular types of tea. Let’s go over some of those right now, along with why people use them.
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Here’s a look at the ingredients in Cinnamon Berry Probiotic Balance by Yogi Tea, which are chosen for taste, and also for their potential to help you digest.
What About a Classic Green Tea for Digestion?
The reason that people think green tea could be helpful is due to polyphenols. Among them are the catechins found in green tea, which are believed to help with the activity of pepsin in the body. Pepsin is a digestive enzyme found in the stomach that helps to break down proteins.
Studies on green tea in particular are limited, however there are some positive results in past studies that looked at catechins in particular, and since those are found in green tea, people have connected the dots.
Another obvious reason as to why drinking green tea could help with digestion is simply because water itself is helpful for digestion, so even drinking water without tea in it can be useful, according to Mayoclinic.
Black tea, and other teas more oxidized than green tea, may have a lesser amount of catechins in them, which is why green is favorable, and very accessible.
Beyond that, there are numerous herbs that people use for any number of different health related concerns, here’s some that are commonly used for teas.
Peppermint Tea for Digestion
This is a tea that is commonly associated with helping with a variety of different stomach complaints, but your mileage may vary! Some say that the oils in peppermint leaves can help the body to digest fats, due to their supposed effect on bile in the stomach. WebMD says that peppermint oil is “likely” to help with IBS, and says that it has been used for everything from heartburn, to nausea, and a lot more.
Once again, the quality and specificity of the studies really seems to vary, and are primarily centered around peppermint itself, so it could be a different story when it comes to drinking peppermint tea, as opposed to peppermint oil extract. There haven’t been a lot of studies on peppermint in general, and much, much less when you’re talking about the leaf in particular.
None the less, it remains one of the most popular choices for digestive tea.
Here are some studies and articles you can peruse to learn about various tea ingredients, that could help point you towards which tea is good for digestion.
- A study on green tea catechins and digestion depending on other additions to the drink (citrus, etc)
- On peppermint oil via U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.
- A Novel Delivery System of Peppermint Oil Is an Effective Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms via National Center for Biotechnology
Please remember that there are many different herbs, spices, and ingredients you may find recommended that can have negative impacts for people with certain conditions, or that can interact negatively with different medications.