The 5 Healthiest Reasons To Drink Tea Daily
People have been drinking tea for hundreds of years, and it is the second most common drink after water. It’s popularity increased in the 1800s because the boiling of the water for tea killed waterborne diseases like typhoid and cholera, making it safe to drink. Tea comes from the leaves and buds of the plant Camellia sinensis and the different varieties (black, green, white, and oolong) all come from the same plant but are dried differently producing the different types.
Science has discovered why this popular drink is actually great for your health.
Tea contains a large group of bioactive components known as polyphenols. These antioxidants help fight rogue cell growth and protect against other degenerative disorders. Green tea has the highest concentration of antioxidants due to the way it is produced and dried, but all teas contain antioxidants.
Components in tea, specifically catechins, caffeine, and the amino acid L-theanine, can boost brain activity. The combination of L-theanine and caffeine has been found to increase mental alertness and attention-switching accuracy up to 2 hours after consumption. They have also been found to enhance accuracy of visual and auditory attention.
Studies have found that the combination of catechins and caffeine in green tea can help you take care of your figure. Green tea increases energy expenditure that leads to fat oxidation (breaking down fat). Green tea was also found to help with weight regulation, meaning it helps keep that weight off.
Researchers have discovered the women who drink three to four or more cups of tea per day had a 16% less chance of developing type 2 diabetes. They also found improvements in fasting blood insulin and waist circumference.
Studies have shown that both green tea and black tea have helped reduce the risk of heart disease in adults or others who are at high risk. Green and black tea have both been found to significantly reduce blood pressure. Black tea has also been found to lower bad cholesterol levels, while green tea reduces total cholesterol.
Tea has always been a drink that comforts and calms us, from the simple act of brewing it to the warmth we feel from drinking it. Now, we can bask in the fact that it will help us live long and happy lives, so put the kettle on and drink up!