8 Surprising Benefits of Apple Tea

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Drinking apple tea is a warm and soothing way to add some variety to your diet, while also benefiting from a number of its nutritional properties.

What is Apple Tea?

Apple tea is a unique variation of tea that includes brewing fresh apples along with regular black tea, as well as some spices. While this tea does take a bit more time to prepare than many other brews, its unique flavor makes it worth the effort. Apples are well known to possess many nutrients and antioxidants, making them one of the most popular fruits around the world. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a combination of apples, tea, and nutritious spices would be a well-known health tonic. Besides that, it also makes for a wonderful seasonal drink, particularly when apples are in season in the autumn.

Apple Tea Benefits

Apple tea in apple-shaped teapot set, with fresh apples on a wooden counter

Apple tea contains antioxidants that help in boosting the immune system. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Benefits of apple tea include its ability to boost immunity, ease inflammation, and aid in weight loss, among others.

Immune System

There has been a great deal of research on the health benefits of apples, and in relation to boosting the immune system against autoimmune diseases, it is one of the best things to add to your diet. Parkinson’s disease, in particular, has been linked to the active ingredients in apples, which are released when this tea is brewed.

Anti-Inflammatory

With good levels of vitamins and minerals, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds, this tea can soothe the aching joints of an arthritis patient, as well as relieve the tension of headaches and sore muscles.

Heart Health

This tea has active ingredients that are known to reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure, not only helping you relax but also protecting your cardiovascular health by lowering your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

Vision

The flavonoids and other phytonutrients present in this tea can help prevent macular degeneration and protect your vision as you get older.

Constipation

Many people start their day with this beverage, as it is known to stimulate the digestive system and keep them away from constipation throughout the day.

Bone Health

This tea offers high levels of magnesium, sodium, potassium, vitamin C, and other key ingredients for building strong muscles and bones and lowering your risk of osteoporosis as you age.

Diabetes

Polyphenolic compounds have long been connected to effects on blood sugar within the body, as per a research published in the EXCLI Journal in 2016. Since apple tea has so many phenolic compounds infused with the apples and the tea itself, this can help regulate diabetic symptoms.

How to Make Apple Tea?

Brewing apple tea at home is very easy, provided you have a bit of time and some apple lying around the kitchen. Take a look at the recipe below.

Apple tea in apple-shaped teapot set, with fresh apples on a wooden counter

Apple Tea Recipe

On a rainy day, cozy up in your room with a blanket and a cup of hot apple tea!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mediterranean, American
Keyword: Apples, Apple tea
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 3-4 apples
  • 6-8 cups of water
  • 2-3 tea bags
  • 1-2 tsp of honey (optional)

Instructions

  • To make apple tea, peel and cube 3-4 apples of any variety, removing the cores.
  • Bring half a pot of water to boil (6-8 cups).
  •  Add the apples, as well as 2-3 tea bags, depending on the strength of tea you prefer.
  • Let it steep for 2-3 minutes, and then remove the tea bags.
  • Reduce to a simmer and add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.
  • Stir thoroughly and then cover.
  •  Allow the mixture to simmer for 2 hours over the stove. 
  • Allow the tea to cool, then transfer it to teapot. Add water, if it is too strong. You can add a teaspoon of honey to each cup of tea to enhance its taste. 

Notes

You can serve this tea immediately after preparing. However, many people like to drink it cold during summer as well. In that case, you can either serve it with ice or simply refrigerate it. 

Apple Tea Side Effects

    There are very few side effects of apple tea, but those people who are allergic to apples should obviously avoid this beverage. Furthermore, if you are pregnant, be sure to brew the apples with decaffeinated tea, as caffeine is usually advised against in pregnancy. Overall, use moderation in your consumption, as with any health drink or remedy.

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    John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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