As we now have more time to spend at home, tea time becomes one of the best parts of the day to reconnect and rekindle relationships with your loved ones. But, did you know that tea is also extremely beneficial for your health? Historically speaking, tea began as a medicine and then grew into a beverage. Modern research about the history of tea-drinking in the world confirms that tea was originally consumed less for pleasure or as a mindfulness aid, calling for the drinker to take slow sips and be in the moment. It became popular for its medicinal properties. Now, more than ever we require our health to be in its best possible condition, so continue reading to find out why tea can be beneficial to your health!
Two of the most important elements found naturally in tea, catechin and polyphenols, are different types of antioxidants. But, these antioxidants do far more than just fighting belly fat and keeping your smile healthy. Antioxidants latch on to and neutralize chemicals called oxidants, which cells make as they go about their normal business. When levels of oxidants rise, they can cause harm. Much of the research on the detoxifying effect of tea shows that regular tea drinkers, those who drink two or more cups per day, have less heart disease, a lower risk of stroke, lower cholesterol, and recover from heart attacks faster! More importantly, tea’s collection of antioxidants help strengthen your entire immune system, in turn helping you fight off bacterial and viral attackers like the common cold and flu, amongst others!
Black, oolong, and green tea’s polyphenols all have been shown to increase calorie expenditure and reduce body fat. Interestingly, tea actually promotes one type of fat, brown fat. This type of fat is more metabolically active and contains more mitochondria than white fat, which means brown fat can actually burn calories and improve metabolism! Green tea extract, a concentrated form of green tea available in powders and pills, has also shown metabolism-boosting weight loss benefits.
Tea may also reduce your risk of diabetes by helping keep blood glucose and body weight in check. Numerous studies have found that people who drank four or more cups of tea daily had, on average, a 30% lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Specific teas may boost your benefits as well! For example, a study found that chamomile tea improved glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes due to its high antioxidant content. Improving glycemic control helps manage diabetes and reduces the risk for people to develop diabetes in general.
Regular tea consumption may lower the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. While the exact causes of Alzheimer’s are still unclear and there is no cure, research confirms that green and black tea drinking improves cognitive scores among those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, it can boost memory and increase attention span to prevent cognitive decline. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine in tea has been shown to improve reaction time, visual processing, memory, and concentration. It even changes the way your brain is organized for more efficient information processing!
As you can see, there are so many benefits of drinking tea that it really is no surprise that it is the most consumed beverage after water! At Basilur, our mission has always been to bring the highest quality Ceylon tea to all our customers, thereby spreading the goodness of this miracle beverage to every corner of the world!