The Health Benefits of Tea
If you are a “tea drinker” you might already know about this. However, if you’re not drinking tea yet, check out the ways that tea does your body good and then see if you’re ready to change your favorite coffee shop order!
It is well known that tea contains antioxidants. The antioxidants in tea can help protect against a whole lot of cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers.
We also know that tea has less caffeine than coffee. Coffee typically has two to three times the caffeine of tea. An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup. If the coffee that you drink gives you the jitters or causes indigestion or headaches or it interferes with your sleep, you might want to think about switching to tea.
Tea for stress Relief. All of us are aware about the calming and relaxing benefits of tea. It not only helps slow you down after a long day, reports show that the amino acid L-theanine found in black tea can help you relax and concentrate better. Black tea has also been shown to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol when consumed in moderate amounts on a regular basis.
Tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. There are studies suggest that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars.
Tea gives you a sweet smile because tea itself actually contains fluoride and tannins that can keep plaque at bay. So add unsweetened tea drinking to your everyday dental routine of brushing and flossing for healthier teeth and gums.
Tea also helps to protect your bones. It’s not just the milk added to tea that can build strong bones. There is a study that evaluated tea drinkers with non-drinkers. It found that people who drank tea for ten or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors. The authors submit that this may be the work of tea’s many valuable phytochemicals.
Tea is also calorie-free. It does not have any calories, unless you add sweetener or milk. Drinking even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing one pound per week. So if you are looking for an enjoyable, calorie-free beverage, tea is a really good choice.
Another thing that tea does is increases your metabolism. A lot of people complain about a slow metabolic rate and their inability to lose weight. Green tea has been proven to increase your metabolic rate so that you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Over a year’s time you could lose eight pounds just by drinking green tea.
So if you are trying to improve your health or maybe lose a few pounds, think beyond super-foods and supplements, because this “super-drink” warrants your consideration. The things that we eat are not the only dietary factors that contribute to weight management, disease fighting, energy boosting and stress-relief. Tea has been consumed for thousands of years and has provided tasty medicinal benefits to people around the world. The studies reveal that the components found in tea can do wonders for your health. So drink up – your overall health is about to get a lot better!