Published on January 29th, 2013 | by Andrew Garcia0
15 Health Benefits of Drinking Tea in 2013
Tea is fast becoming an even more popular drink in 2013 than ever before, not least because of its health benefits. Many people have opted to swap their daily fix of java for a cup of tea and reported major health improvements. If you’re not yet one of those who have decided to switch to this mood-boosting beverage, read up and soak it all in.
- Tea has antioxidants. The antioxidants found in tea protect the body from the effects of aging and pollution. Tea is rich in oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), helping stave off damages of free radicals and keep cancer, neurological degeneration, and heart disease at bay. Tea may even thwart the bad effects of smoking.
- Tea has less caffeine than coffee. Tea only has half the caffeine that coffee does. An 8-oz cup of coffee has approximately 135 mg of caffeine, while a cup of tea contains only 30 to 40 mg of caffeine. If coffee gives you tremors, palpitation, headaches, indigestion, and insomnia, give tea a chance.
- Tea may lessen your heart attack and stroke risks. Tea drinking may help flush out the cholesterol and minute blood clots that form in your arteries. A Netherlands study showed that tea drinkers who drank at least 2-3 cups of black tea daily lowered their fatal heart attack risk by an astounding 70%. Green tea, in particular, lowers fibrinogen which is known to be a factor in strokes and clots.
- Tea protects your bones. A study has shown that tea drinkers who drank the beverage for at least 10 years have the strongest bones, regardless of age, weight, smoking history, exercise, and other risk factors. It is suggested that this is due to tea’s phytochemicals. Studies have even proved that green tea helps improve bone strength and mineral density. So, to prevent bone demineralisation and osteoporosis, start drinking your cup today.
- Get a sweet smile from tea. Tea, without sugar, actually contains tannin’s and fluoride. These two chemicals keep plaque at arms’ length. So for healthier teeth, make drinking unsweetened tea a habit, along with brushing and flossing.
- Tea strengthens your immune system. Different types of tea give various boosts to your immune system. EGCG, an antioxidant in green tea and black tea, can reduce many kinds of cancer. White tea is great against strep throat and the flu. Drink 5-6 cups of Lipton tea for two weeks and your immune system sky rockets.
- Tea helps fight the big C. Yes, tea helps fight cancer, thanks to polyphenols. These antioxidants in tea could help protect against certain cancers, like breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophageal, small intestine, stomach, liver, pancreas, prostate, ovarian, and oral cancer. There is also a catechin, known as EGCG, is found in green tea that has been seen to reduce cancer rates. However, that is not to say that tea is a miracle cure. As of now, research results are mixed.
- It keeps you hydrated. When taken in moderation (less than 5 cups a day), tea keeps the body properly hydrated.
- Tea has 0 calories. Tea, when taken by itself, is calorie-free. If you consume 250 calories less in a day than you usually would, you could already lose 1 pound a week. If you want a filling, zero-calorie drink that won’t leave you empty, tea is a great choice.
- It increases your metabolism. Green tea, in particular, has shown to really increase metabolic rate, making you burn up to 80 additional calories by drinking 5 cups of green tea daily. This habit could actually make you lose 8 pounds in a year! Some scientists even go as far as speculate that drinking tea lessens the risks of metabolic syndrome (including diabetes, stroke, and artery disease).
- Tea bolsters exercise endurance. Catechins are antioxidants found in green tea extract that increase the body’s ability to burn fat, resulting to better muscle endurance.
- Tea eases the stresses of life. A study by the University College London done in 2010, found that people who drank a cup of black tea daily were able to reached a relaxed state quicker than those who drank a placebo.
- Tea helps with digestion. For ages, tea has been consumed as a post-meal digestive aid. Relatedly, it can also ease stomach cramps.
- It can be antibiotic. An Egyptian research team discovered that tea, when taken in conjunction with antibiotics, increases the antibacterial effects of the drug.
- Tea can help prevent diabetes and hypertension. Tea can help you win the fight against two of the most common lifestyle-related illnesses in the past decades, diabetes and high blood pressure.
So, are you convinced enough of the wonder that is tea? It not only helps us wind down, it also can improve our health by leaps and bounds.