Health Benefits of Tea

 

TEA HEALTH BENEFITS

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Numerous health benefits have been attributed to tea since the beginning of time. In folk medicine dating back 5000 years ago, tea was used for remedial purposes to treat infectious diseases, colds and as an aid to the digestive and nervous systems. 

Upon expansion of scientific research in this field, there have been increased facts to substantiate the connection between regular tea consumption and the lowered chance in contracting certain sicknesses, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.                                              

A main benefit of drinking organic loose tea is that it is a completely natural beverage without the requirement of added flavorings, colors or preservatives. When consumed without the addition of sugar, honey or milk, tea contains zero calories and serves as a crucial component for maintaining the balance of body liquids.

RESEARCH IN THE  HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA

HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS - Numerous studies have shown that tea leaves have high levels of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant. Regular consumption of five cups of tea per day maintains high levels in the bloodstream. These antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are oxidizing molecules that naturally and harmlessly exist within our bodies.

They accumulate from physiological processes such as metabolism, and are found in environmental factors such as polluted air, poisonous waste and cigarette smoke.

The accumulated free radicals are an encumbrance on the immune system, since they attack the body tissues and harm cells which can lead to the development of chronic disease and are linked to the aging processes.

REDUCED CHANCE OF STROKES - A study led in Japan in which 9,000 women participated, showed that women who drank less than 5 cups of tea per day were twice as prone to suffer strokes. The phenols, found in tea, prevent the oxidization of the cholesterol, which can cause damage to the blood vessels.

WEIGHT LOSS - The health benefits of green tea are found and reported in countless research papers. Among other things, green tea was found to lower the risk of cancer, arteriosclerosis, infective intestine diseases and liver infections. Green tea helps lower cholesterol, assists with weight loss and strengthens cognitive abilities.

STRESS - Green tea is infamous for its calming effect on both body and mind. Studies have shown that this calming effect is caused by the L- Theanine amino acid found in the leaves of green tea. L-Theanine affects the central nerve system, causing certain substances to be released which cause a sense of euphoria, optimism and serenity while neutralizing the vigor which accompanies the consumption of caffeine in tea.

HEALTHY TEETH & BONES - Tea leaves contain fluoride which helps strengthen bones and teeth and fights cavities.

CANCER PREVENTION - Tea prevents the rise of homocysteine which is known to be an important and significant risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, due to the content of vitamin M in tea.

Vitamin M, which is a B complex vitamin, assists in preventing cancer and also plays an important part in the health of the nervous system, the eyes and other systems. Epidemiological studies have shown that anyone who drinks large quantities of tea has a lower risk of certain cancers, primarily stomach cancer, cancer of the digestive system and bladder cancer.

CAFFEINE LEVELS IN TEA

Caffeine is a natural substance found in numerous plants. Its consumption helps with metabolism, weight loss and vitality. The average amount of caffeine from brewed tea leaves depends on the type of tea (black tea contains more caffeine than green tea), the brewing duration, and the water temperature (the higher the temperature - the greater the amount of caffeine drained from the leaves). A healthy individual can consume up to about 350 mg of caffeine per day without any concern.

CAFFEINE COMPARISONS OF VARIOUS BEVERAGES AT 200 mg

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