The Health benefits of Tea
30/10/2017 | aveek b
It’s always a good time for tea
Drinking tea has many health benefits and a daily cup can be good for you. No matter what the season, tea can be enjoyed in a variety of different ways, both hot and cold.
The best part about this versatile beverage is that its benefits go well beyond just refreshment. Research shows that drinking tea can have wonderful effects on your health. Not only is it a flavourful way of getting enough fluid into your body each day, it is also rich in antioxidants and protects your teeth and your heart, while also staving off cancer.
The type of tea you drink also makes a difference. All non-herbal teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The amount of time the leaves are processed determines whether you end up with a green, black or oolong tea.
The green teas are the least processed and tend to have the highest amounts of polyphenols, and the only type that contain the polyphenol, catechin, which is why many studies have been done using only green teas. Certain herbal teas are known for their medicinal values, including soothing the digestive system.
Here are the top 10 health benefits of tea and some options for delicious teas to try:
1. Tea is rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants work to prevent the body’s version of rust and thus help to keep us young and protect us from damage from pollution. Load up on antioxidants with a white tea, which is less processed than black or green tea, and retains more beneficial antioxidants.
2. Tea has lower caffeine than coffee
Herbal blends have no caffeine, while traditional teas have less than 50 percent of what typically is found in coffee. That means you can consume it without any negative effects on your nervous system. If you're trying to switch from coffee to tea, try a chicory root tea which has a mouth feel and flavour similar to coffee. Chicory root is also known to help reduce stress and is a prebiotic so may be helpful to your gut.
3. Tea reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes
Green tea could be key to help prevent deaths from heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis. A compound found in green tea could help break up plaques that are linked to dangerous blockages, researchers suggest.
4. Tea can aid in weight loss
Several studies have suggested that the flavonoids and caffeine in green tea can help elevate metabolic rate, increase fat oxidation and even improve insulin activity.
5. Tea keeps your bones strong
Having tea will help you have stronger bones as green tea is known to prevent bone loss. Moringa, a plant that's native to South Asia, has medicinal properties and is now quickly becoming a mainstream superfood. With more calcium than milk, as well as iron, vitamin A and K, it is a great addition to help keep your bones strong.
6. Tea will make your smile brighter
Tea can prevent tooth loss because it changes the pH in your mouth when you drink itt which helps in preventing cavities. Beyond that, tea, unlike many other beverages does not appear to erode tooth enamel..
7. Tea boosts the immune system
A few cups of tea a day may keep illness away by boosting the body's protective immune system. Drinking certain types of tea containing high concentrations of an amino acid called L-theanine may help to fight off infection Holy basil or Tulsi tea has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for centuries to help keep the immune system strong after injuries or illnesses thanks to its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
8. Tea may help battle cancer
Green tea slows down or completely prevents growth of cancer cells. It also appears to trigger natural detox enzymes in our body that help to protect against cancer formation. Although many of these anti-cancer benefits are believed to be the result of the strong antioxidant activity, the exact mechanisms by which green tea acts to prevent cancer have not yet been clearly identified.
9. Tea soothes the digestive system
Herbal teas like chamomile, can be good for people with irritable bowel syndrome because it is an antispasmodic, while ginger teas can calm nausea.
10. Tea is calorie free and full of goodness
Tea is a great no-calorie alternative to water. You can choose from so many varities and flavours and can have it hot or cold. So, why not hydrate on something other than water?