Greek Mountain Tea benefits
By Tea Guru May 7th, 2020
Greek Mountain Tea Benefits
While researching 'Blue Zones' we came across a family of herbs known as Greek Mountain Tea. Greek mountain tea comes from the family of herbs "Sideretis" which is found primarily from the Mediterranean region. Most of these grow wild, and only a small amount are cultivated. In the wild they are found often on the rocky sides of cliffs and mountains at high altitudes (up to 2500 meters). The sun and semi-arid temperatures makes the plants produce beneficial compounds.
Studies that show Greek Mountain Tea Benefits
One study from the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture has found Greek mountain tea to to be as potent as green tea at inducing cellular antioxidant defenses and reducing oxidative stress. The Brunswick Labs report also references research published in the leading international journal Planta Media that observed significant anti-inflammatory effects as well as anti-microbial activity against five strains of microorganisms.
A 2012 publication of the “Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology” found that extracts made from Sideritis helped lower blood pressure levels while helping blood vessels to relax. The animal study measured arterial blood pressure and found that a dose of Sideritis extract led to blood vessel dilation, which helped lower blood pressure levels and reduced stress on the heart muscle.
Benefits of Greek Mountain tea = stronger immune system
Just like green tea, Greek mountain tea provides the body with extra immune support. The anti-inflammatory and mild diuretic affect of Greek mountain tea could explain low dementia and lower blood pressure of people who regularly consume Greek mountain tea. This tea is popular in Greece, especially during winter time when there is less physical activity and more colds, aches and pains. It also is used as an allergy treatment, respiratory issues and mild abdominal discomfort.
Like all other teas we recommend for everyday use, 3-5 cups a day is often enough to provide the needed health benefits. Greek mountain tea is caffeine free, so it's also good during later hours. It also has a naturally sweet, floral flavor with a note of lemon, and it would make an excellent iced tea while retaining all the stated benefits. Incorporating Greek mountain tea is a great way to improve your health.