Diet & Nutrition

Love Sipping Tea? Know the Health Benefits

Benefits of Drinking TeaAre you a heavy tea drinker? Do you drink green tea daily? If yes, then you are on the right track as tea and its varieties have several health benefits.

For thousands of years, tea has been a popular drink across civilizations around the world, right from being a medicinal drink to being a recreational beverage. Different types of teas are derived by processing Camellia sinensis leaves.

Benefits
1. Contains Antioxidants
Antioxidants prevent cell damage and slows down ageing. All varieties of tea are known to contain high levels of antioxidant polyphenols that keep you healthy and refreshed at all times.

2. Lowers Stress
Black tea gradually reduces stress levels. According to study black tea helps tackle sudden stress triggers effectively. The sudden stress triggers could range from experiencing hardships at work and/or troubles in personal life.

3. Reduces Risk of Heart Attack
Accumulation of blood clots in the heart often causes heart attacks and strokes. Black tea helps reduce the risk of a fatal heart attack in the drinker.

4. Lowers Blood Pressure
Tea brings down the risk of high blood pressure by almost 50%. Green tea and oolong tea have been reported to be widely effective in this respect.

5. Aids Digestion
Green tea is popular as an after-meal digestive in China. It contains polyphenols and antioxidants that help relieve gas and flatulence. Herbal tea too aids digestion.

6. Increases Metabolism
Green tea increases metabolism by burning close to 70-80 calories every day.

7. Protection against Cancer
According to research, the number of people to suffer from different cancer diseases such as lung, prostate and breast cancer were less in number due to green tea consumption.

8. Avoids Insomnia
Rooibos, also known as red tea is known for its relaxing effects and eases irritation and inflammations on the body. Rooibos is caffeine free as it is a shrub that is consumed as tea, and is reported to have originated in Africa. It also helps in increasing concentration in children.

9. Keeps Blood Sugar in Check
Catechin and polysaccharides in the tea reduce blood sugar.

10. Fight Infection
Alkylamine antigens present in tea improves the body’s immune system and fights infections in the body.

11. Best Medicine for Arthritis
As per research, tea drinkers are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis as compared to those who do not drink it at all.

12. Protects Against Cavities and Gum Disease
Drinking green tea on a regular basis helps to protect your teeth against gum disease, bad breath and cavities.

13. Weight Loss
The process of oxidation is prolonged in case of black tea in comparison to other types such as green, white or oolong tea. Drinking around three cups of black tea every day for three months helps weight loss and keeps the waist size in check.

Do note that there are several varieties of tea available such as green tea, white tea, oolong tea, black tea and herbal tea so on and so forth.  All these varieties are good for your health in some way or the other when consumed without milk or sugars.

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