Why do you drink tea, is it just out of habit or for the many health benefits that come with it? I was just a simple masala chai person – I liked my tea cooked with milk, sugar & various spices. Over the years, my tastes have changed and so have my body’s needs. What started as a cup of green tea after yoga classes, developed to a whole lot more. Here are the top 10 reasons scientist (and I) think you should be drinking whole leaf tea.
Tea’s health properties are attributed to polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) and phytochemicals. Tea is already known to help with reducing weight, improving your skin and boosting the immune system. But there’s more to it.
Here are the top ten reasons why tea is good for you:
- Improved muscle endurance – The catechins (antioxidants) found in green tea specifically increases the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel and thus improves muscle endurance.
- Prevents Blindness. A 2011 study proved that drinking tea may help in preventing blindness caused by cataracts.
- Increases focus & concentration. The combination of caffeine found in tea and L-Theanine – a natural amino acid found in tea is known to increase focus & concentration levels and also to improve memory and reaction time.
- Reduces the risk of a heart attack. And also protects against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
- Protects against cancer. Though tea is not a cure, it might help the body to fight cancer cells. Cancers such as breast, colon, skin, lung, stomach, liver, pancreas, ovarian, prostate and oral cancer.
- Helps fight free radicals. The naturally occurring compound – flavonoid, found largely in tea have antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals that are known to damage elements in the human body.
- Tea hydrates. Despite the levels of caffeine, tea hydrates the body.
- Beneficial for Type 2 diabetics. The compounds found in green tea help diabetics in processing sugar better.
- Improves bone density. Studies show that green tea helps in bone mineral density & strength.
- Reduces Cholesterol. A study in the US shows that drinking 5 cups of black tea a day reduces bad cholesterol by 11.1% and total cholesterol by 6.5%.
The research on tea is not yet definitive, but if consumed in moderate levels – tea has many more positives than negatives. There are many kinds of teas available.
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