For a long time, tea has been promoted for having a variety of health benefits. Centuries ago in ancient China, tea was considered an elixir for its perceived medicinal properties. Nowadays, there is more specific evidence to support the belief that tea is indeed a healthy beverage with wide-ranging medical benefits. Try to avoid overloading teas with sugar, as this will negate many of the benefits!
Below are just some of the perks to drinking tea:
Fight Free Radicals
All teas from the camellia sinensis plant are rich in antioxidants known as polyphenols, specifically catechins. Catechins are the key to tea’s health benefits – they detoxify cell-damaging free radicals in the body. Although our bodies are designed to fight free radicals on their own – it never hurts to have a little extra help!
Different studies have shown that tea drinking can help maintain a healthy weight and boost metabolism. Green and oolong teas contain polyphenols that help block fat-building enzymes. Another study showed that compared to non-tea drinkers, regular tea drinkers had lower body mass indexes, waist-to-hip ratios, as well as less body fat.
Reduce Stress Levels
Black tea has been found to reduce levels of stress hormones and help lower blood pressure. It has also been found to neutralize the negative effects of high-fat meals on arterial blood flow.
Improved Bone Strength
Particularly in the wake of osteoporosis, the polyphenols in tea have been found to improve bone quality and strength. Studies have found that tea drinkers aged 50 and older were 30% less likely to have a hip fracture than non-drinkers.
Heighten Mental Awareness
Drinking tea has been found to facilitate better focus on tasks and improve attention. The caffeine and amino acid theanine in tea is thought to bring psychological benefits to drinkers, strengthening their mood, attention, and performance.