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The benefits of tea

It’s no secret that drinking tea is good for you. Tea has been an integral part of traditional eastern medicine in many for centuries. Tea may not be an elixir of immortality or a secret to mystical powers, however, there is no doubt that its virtues contribute to our longevity by stimulating the functions of the heart, strengthening the immune system and preventing cell mutations.

Tea has the power to stimulate, relax and detoxify. Drinking tea helps protect brain health, improve heart health, and may even prevent certain types of cancers.

Until recently, tea research has focused more on green tea. However, recent studies indicate the compounds contained in black tea – theaflavins and thearubigens – not only contribute to the dark color and distinctive flavor but they represent potential molecules with therapeutic implication. Polyphenols present in black tea can protect cells and tissues from oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals. Synergistic interactions amongst black tea constituents play a major role in the beneficial effect of tea.

What’s in your cup?

Protects heart health

Research shows that tea drinking may significantly lower the risk for serious heart disease including heart attack and blood clots. Tea contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to minimize inflammation that can restrict blood circulation and cause clotting. Tea consumption may also help decrease high blood pressure and lower LDL cholesterol.

Boosts energy

Need more energy? How about some tea? Black tea contains more caffeine than other types. If you are looking to cut back on caffeine intake but still need something to pick you up from the mid-afternoon slump, read on! Although lower in caffeine, green tea’s energy-boosting properties are powerful. They are further driven by an amino acid known as L-theanine which slows the absorption of caffeine. As a result, the energy boost from green tea is longer-lasting and more steady than that from a cup of coffee. You’ll get the increased focus and energy without the jittery side effects or the crash when the caffeine wears off. L-theanine also increase alpha waves in the brain, helping to increase focus while at the same time offering calming and relaxing effects.

Aids weightloss

Green tea contains amino acids that signal the body to burn stored fat and may accelerate weight loss. The caffeine in green tea also helps boost energy so you can power through your workouts more efficiently (did we mention that green tea makes you stronger?!). Green tea also helps to keep you hydrated and may satisfy a sweet tooth. Replacing sugary sodas and sports drinks with green tea can cut calories and help you reach your fitness goals sooner. 

Tea may not be the magic bullet, but it can be incorporated in an overall healthy diet with whole grains, fish, fruits and vegetables, and less processed meat,” Harvard School of Public Health.

Regulates blood sugar

Drinking tea may help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent or control disease such as type 2 diabetes. Black tea has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels after eating a meal. Researchers attribute theses health benefits to polyphenols in tea. These polyphenols boast anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers.

Supports the brain

Tea offers natural calming effects that can reduce stress and help you unwind after a tough day. Tea drinkers have been shown to have lower stress levels and improved overall health with regular consumption. Antioxidants in tea eliminate free radicals caused by pollution and other factors, which can cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to dementia and depression. Reports suggest that black tea could lower the incidence of Parkinsons disease and Alzheimer’s. Theanine present in black tea increases alpha brain wave activity resulting in calmer state of mind.

Aids digestion

Tea helps streamline digestion and can treat a host of issues ranging from nausea and upset stomach to diarrhea. Tea contains tannins, which have been shown to reduce intestinal inflammation. This can help soothe stomach cramps and treat irritable bowel syndrome. Adding some ginger to treat upset stomach and ease indigestion. 

Immune defense

By making tea a common part of your everyday food intake you can build up your immunity. Tea won’t keep you complete safe from getting sick but it can help. Theaflavin and catechins in tea modulate immune system function. In addition, tea polyphenols may protect against damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) B radiation. Being a very high source of antioxidants, black tea is said to slow down aging process and age induced diseases.

Studies also suggest that tea polyphenolics inhibit tumor cell proliferation and inhibit cancer cell growth. 

Prevents osteoporosis

Tea may positively influence bone mineral density (BMD) and that tea drinking may protect against osteoporosis in older women.

Oral health

Studied have reported that black tea reduces the incidence of dental cavities. Polyphenols in tea inhibit bacterial growth and wards off mouth infections. Tea is a natural source of fluoride, therefore helping to promote healthy tooth enamel. Also, tannins present in black tea inhibit the growth of plaque-causing bacteria apart from inhibiting the action of salivary amylase, thus making their contribution in cavity prevention.

 

Yes, but what type of tea is the healthiest? Here is the amazing part: all tea comes from the same plant, but the chemical compound and therefore the protective health benefits change depending on the processing. 

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