I love tea. Being a southerner makes this fact no big surprise. I’ve often told people that if I’m ever cut I’ll very likely bleed sweet tea. My tea palate has grown exponentially from the southern sweet standard. Now my tea chest runneth over. Tea has always been a great source of comfort and relaxation for me. Sitting in a sunny spot with a hot cuppa soothes my soul. Actually, that’s not all that tea soothes. Tea has been consumed as a healing elixir for thousands of years. Here are ten health benefits of drinking tea.
1) Tea is Antioxidant Rich
Tea is full of polyphenols. Polyphenols are a plant-based form of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect our bodies from pollution, oxidative stress, and cell decay. So drinking a cup or two of tea a day could help protect you from things like premature aging, Parkinson’s disease, and certain cancers.
2) Tea Can Promote Weight Loss
Teas contain catechins a flavonoid that is a natural metabolism booster. This paired with the caffeine in tea leads to appetite suppression and increased calorie burn resulting in weight loss. Pick up a cup and drop some pounds.
3) Tea Can Improve Focus
Tea, in particular, black tea contains L-theanine an amino acid that increases alpha activity in the brain. The increase in alpha activity in the brain creates a greater level of relaxation, alertness, and focus.
4) Tea Can Boost Your Immune System
Tea has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for ages to strengthen the immune system and to fight off illnesses. The immune-building power of tea is the result of its anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. So forget an apple a day. Have a few cups of tea a day to keep the doctor away.
5) Tea Can Help Fight Cancer
Remember those antioxidants in tea. Well, they can aid in cancer prevention. Namely, the polyphenols in green teas and the theaflavins in black tea can protect cells from cancer-causing free radicals. Take special note of the polyphenols in green tea. They can reduce tumor growth in existing cancers, protect against damage caused by UV radiation, and also prevent initial incidences of cancer. Drink a cup of tea to your cancer-free health.
6) Tea Can Promote Gut Health
Your gut comprises 70-80% of your immune system. Optimal gut health is a major step to overall well-being. The polyphenols found in black tea can promote the growth of the good bacteria that we want in our guts while inhibiting the growth of the bad bacteria. The antibacterial qualities of black tea can also reduce inflammation in the gut and aid in the repair of the digestive lining. Additionally, the antispasmodic properties of herbal teas like chamomile can aid in digestion. Trust your gut and drink tea.
7) Tea Can Fight Depression
A 2015 analysis of 24 total studies and reports showed a correlation between tea consumption and a reduction in the symptoms of depression. Drinking green tea causes an increase in the production of serotonin and dopamine. The increase in these neurotransmitters reduces anxiety and improves mood. Fight the blues with a daily cup of green.
8) Tea Can Decrease Bone Loss
A recent study revealed that consuming 1-4 cups of green tea a day can reduce the risk of osteoporosis by improving the level of bone mineral density. Green tea does this by stimulating mineralization to generate bone formation. Bone up with a cup of green tea.
9) Tea Can Reduce the Risk of Stroke
Globally stroke is the second leading cause of death, but 80% of strokes are preventable. Tea is a remarkable preventative for strokes. A 2016 study revealed that drinking 3 cups of tea a day can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 35%. Drink up to keep your stroke risk down.
10) Tea Can Reduce the Chance of Dementia
Green tea might just be the superhero of brain health. Studies show that green tea protects against dementia by reducing three of its causes, oxidative stress, inflammation, and plaque buildup. It also improves the health of blood vessels. These factors make it a powerful shield against dementia. Let your tea cape fly and protect that brain!
These are just ten of the health benefits of drinking tea, but there are countless more. Get healthy with a delicious cup of tea today.
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