Alright, so by now you very well may be wondering to yourself, “has the whole world suddenly gone mad, or is there something seriously substantial and significant behind the huge raging wave of TEA popularity?”
After all, while the aroma of a hot cup of tea can clear the air, clear the mind and clear the senses and nasal passages of anything distasteful or distracting floating in the immediate air space and while a hot mug of tea will immediately shake off the winter chill, starting with the hands and quickly moving to the internal organs, is there anything proven scientifically about the medicinal properties of tea?
You’ll be relieved to know that the answer is YES, actually besides the almost infinitely wide variety of delicious flavors available and the amazingly soothing and calming, stress relieving, tension assuaging properties that are naturally found in tea, science also can give you 10 very powerful reasons why drinking tea id much more than merely cool, fun and tasty.
1: Tea is chock full of all organic, healing antioxidants that protect your body from the ravages of aging and from the health debilitating effects of pollution and toxins ingested into the body from mouth, nose and ears, even the skin..
2. Tea has ½ to 1/3 the amount of caffeine in it as coffee. An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup. If you’re one of those people for whom; drinking coffee gives you the jitters, can cause indigestion and headaches as well as interferes with your sleep, consider switching over to tea, at least at night.
3. Tea can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free, in the same way that a drain cleaner can help keep your bathroom pipes clear. A 5.6-year study from the Netherlands found a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers.
4. Tea protects your bones. While some people assume that this effect is due to the milk that many people put in their tea, but the scientific facts beg to differ. Thanks to many naturally occurring and highly beneficial “phyto-chemicals,” a scientific study comparing tea drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors. The authors suggest that this may be the work of tea’s many.
5. Tea improves the health of your teeth and naturally contains both fluoride and tannins that helps top keep plaque and tooth decay at bay.
6. Tea naturally boosts your immune system and helps your body to fight off diseases numerous defenses. A study that involved 21 people who were scheduled to drink either 5 cups of tea or 5 cups of coffee each day for 4 weeks showed that the immune system activity was far higher in the blood of the designated tea drinkers.
7. Tea protects your body against cancer. Due to the “polyphenols;” naturally occurring antioxidants found in tea, the body can have a powerful, regular, consistent dose of “anti-cancer” 4 or 5 times a day to help keep the dreaded “C” word away for good!
8. Tea keeps your body hydrated. It used to be believed that since caffeine is a diuretic and tea has caffeine, it logically must dehydrate the body by making the drinker urinate more., which by the way, is actually a very healthy habit to flush and rinse out the body on a more regular basis.
However, recent research has shown that the caffeine actually really doesn’t matter, that tea and other caffeinated beverages definitely still positively contribute fluid to the body, without removing it in excessive abundance.
9. Tea is completely fat and calorie free. Tea doesn’t have any calories, unless you add sweetener or milk to the tea. This means that, consuming even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing one pound per week. If you’re looking for a satisfying, calorie-free beverage, tea is a top choice.
10. Tea naturally increases your metabolism. Lots of people complain about a slow metabolic rate and their inability to lose weight. Green tea has been shown to actually increase 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.
Question: So which teas are the healthiest and best for you to drink?
Answer: The ones that you truly enjoy the most and therefore, will actually regularly drink! The truth is, while there are some slightly minor differences here and there, all teas generally contain about the same amount of flavonoids.
Actually, Green and Black tea not only come from the exact same plants, but they are the exact same tea, only processed differently. Green tea is dried for a shorter time and doesn’t go through a fermenting process that is traditionally used for black tea.
So simply drink the teas that you truly enjoy the most and get healthier while you are relaxing and enjoying the intoxicating flavors!