7 Proven Health Benefits of Tea
If you enjoy a cup of tea (who doesn’t!) then you are not only enjoying a nice warm cup of tastiness but you are also doing something very positive for your health with each slurp. That’s right, tea, in all of its many guises does certainly present us with a huge array of health benefits which we are going to take a look at today. No matter if it is green, jasmine or good old fashioned black tea that you enjoy drinking, here are the health benefits which you are receiving when you do.
One of tea’s secret weapons is the large amount of antioxidants which it has that can help you and your body in many ways. These antioxidants can give your immune system a boost, they help to fight off free radicals and they are great for both your internal health and your external appearance.
Many people will say that there is more caffeine in tea than coffee but this is only true at source, once each has been processed it is tea which has less than coffee. This means that you can enjoy a ice cup of darjeeling without the worry that your nervous system will go bananas.
Could Reduce Risk of Stroke
Anna Ardine, clinical nutrition manager at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center had the following to say with regards to tea’s ability to help reduce your risk of stroke.
“There’s a lot of literature out there on tea and heart health, this is a health effect for which there is the strongest evidence.”
Keep on Smiling
Whilst we do have to be careful when drinking tea as it can stain the teeth, the pH levels in the drink can actually help to strengthen the teeth and prevent tooth decay. A recent study in Japan has found that black tea can be very potent when it comes to helping you reduce tooth loss.
Weight Loss Support
Tea has been used in studies to show that it can support with weight loss through the hydration of the body and the assistance with regulation of blood sugar levels. So far this has been tested with tea in pill form and more research has been planned for the end of this year.
Those with irritable bowel syndrome may very well find some relief in herbal teas as they have been shown to be highly supportive with digestion. Nutritionist Leslie Bonci had the following to say on the subject:
“Herbal teas, in particular chamomile, can be good for people with irritable bowel syndrome because it is an antispasmodic”
And there you have it, 7 benefits which you can get from increasing your tea consumption.
Gareth Willmot is a serial weird festival collector, coffee snob and a neurotic last-minute traveller who is passionate about marketing, ultramarathons and yoga.