We’ve all heard that drinking tea can give us many health benefits. To give you an idea of what they are, here are some of them.
But to enjoy the healthy advantage of your new beverage, first, make sure it’s the real thing. Genuine tea comes from a plant known as Camellia sinensis which includes just four varieties, namely green, black, white, and oolong. Other forms of tea such as herbal tea are just derivatives from different plants and therefore technically not tea.
Although the variety of tea is limited, its health benefits are not. These can be attributed to tea’s health properties such as an antioxidant called polyphenols & other phytochemicals.
This antioxidant may help protect against a number of cancers diseases such as breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers. But tea, of course, is not a miracle cure. It may only help in some ways.
Drinking tea is known to be good for your heart. It could help reduce the risk of heart attack and help protect against cardiovascular & degenerative diseases. Type 2 diabetes patient may also benefit from drinking tea since studies showed that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars. The polyphenols in green tea may be an effective agent in the prevention & treatment of neurological diseases such as degenerative ones like Alzheimer’s and help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.
In fact, regular tea drinking was also associated with lowering the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), w/c helps fight and destroy DNA damaging free radicals in the body.
For the health buff, tea, despite its caffeine contents, can be hydrating to the body thereby boosting your exercise endurance. The anti-oxidant catechin in green tea extracts, increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel. In one study, tea drinking participants showed a lower waist circumference and body mass index than their non-tea drinking counterparts.
Likewise, tea is also known for counteracting the negative effects of smoking. Other health benefits we can get from tea include improvement of bone mineral density and strength and the body’s recovery from radiation. One study found that tea helped protect against cellular degeneration upon exposure to radiation, while another found that tea can help skin bounce back post-exposure.
Despite all these researches, studies and claims on the benefits of tea, one thing is for sure, tea is safe to consume and refreshing to drink. After all, it has been enjoyed by millions all over the world for such a long, long time. Tea time everyone!