As well as being a delicious beverage, tea is also claimed to have numerous health benefits – better drink up then!
Tea is chock-full of antioxidants
Antioxidants are molecules found in some foods, especially plant-based ones like fruits and vegetables. They inhibit the oxidation of other molecules, which is a process that produce free radicals and can lead to the death of cells. While oxidation is a vital process, it can also be damaging. Both green and black tea contain high levels of antioxidants, which are incredibly beneficial for the body.
Staying hydrated is essential for a healthy mind and body – if you are already thirsty, you are starting to become dehydrated! As well as drinking water, tea is excellent for hydration – being mostly water, it also contains nutrients and vitamins.
Drinking warm drinks is an excellent way to kick-start a sluggish digestive system, especially in the morning. While a lot of people start the day with coffee, this can lead to feeling jittery, headaches, dry mouth, nausea, and intestinal discomfort. Tea is a better choice as it will gently stimulate the body without leading to unpleasant side effects.
Helps keep you trim
In one study it was found that people who regularly drank hot tea had a lower waist circumference and lower BMI than the non-consuming participants. Scientists believe that regular tea drinking could reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a collection of symptoms associated with obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Another study found that people who often drank green tea had a 1.3 kilogram greater weight loss and were more likely to maintain this loss over time. Obviously this is based on drink unsweetened tea, so skip the sugar for these beneficial effects.
Boosts brain power
It is thought that certain types of tea such as green tea can strengthen the function of memory cells in the brain. The ingredient in tea thought to have this effect is the amino acid, L-theanine. Only found naturally in the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant which tea is made from, this amino acid boosts alpha wave activity in our brains, which promotes a state of relaxed concentration and counters the ‘jittery’ effects of caffeine.
It’s good for your teeth
Tea is a great source of fluoride, which can help to strengthen tooth enamel. Drinking unsweetened tea can slow down the formation of plaque-causing bacteria which can lead to halitosis, and the antioxidants found in abundant levels in tea can also help to reduce the risk of gum disease. Better drink up!
Helps to protect your bones
As well as increasing calcium consumption if you drink yours with milk, it is thought that tea can actually strengthen your bones. Some studies have shown that drinking green tea may help to slow the process of age-related bone loss, and lessen the risk of bone fractures. A study published in the journal Nutrition Research discovered that women who drank up to three cups of tea per day had a 30 percent lower risk of osteoporosis-related hip fractures.