All over the world, people love a good cup of tea and thats not just down to the taste. Research has found that due to the antioxidants contained within tea, drinking it regularly can help boost your body’s overall health as well as actually ward off some pretty serious conditions. Here’s a little more detail on how your morning cuppa is helping to keep your health in check.
Antioxidants, in plain English, are molecules that help fight free radicals in your body, free radicals being nasty compounds that can cause harm if their levels become too high. Green and white teas especially, are packed with antioxidants and so are a great source to help boost your health and reduce cell damage in the body. The antioxidants you gain from drinking tea can help reduce the development of a whole host of illnesses. From blood clots to diabetes, heart disease and stroke, drinking at least 2 cups of tea a day can help reduce cell damage and therefore your risk of developing such diseases.
As well as caffeine, tea also contains a chemical called L-theanine, an amino acid which can further improve your alertness and focus. Due to the effects of L-theanine on the brain, drinking tea has been found to help people focus for longer periods of time. Furthermore, whilst other caffeinated drinks such as coffee give you the desired quick burst of energy, it is suggested that tea provides more stable levels of energy that last a lot longer. So if you're looking to improve your focus and energy without those high levels of caffeine, tea might be the way to go.
Studies show that drinking tea is a great way to help reduce the risk of developing serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke and cancer. Tea contains a group of antioxidants called flavonoids which can help improve overall heart health. Incorporating these antioxidants into your daily routine can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as the risk of any future complications. Similarly, a study carried out over 10 years showed that those who drank at least 4 cups of black tea a day had a 21% lower risk of stroke than those who didn't drink tea at all. Green and black tea may play a further role when it comes to preventing the survival of cancerous cells in the body, regulating growth and reducing new cell development. Whilst tea shouldn't be considered an alternative treatment, and more research is needed to determine the success rate, there is the potential that it helps reduce cancer cell survival.
Whilst, of course, water is still top of the list when it comes to rehydrating the body, research suggest that drinking tea can be just as effective. A study found no significant differences in hydration after participants consumed water or tea and that they in fact offer similar hydrating properties. We usually associate caffeinated drinks with dehydration, but in line with the previously mentioned research, we can class tea as a rich and flavoursome source of water for rehydrating the body.
Better Oral Health
This one might surprise you, but drinking tea can actually help to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. Green and black tea especially, contain a mineral called fluoride which can help reduce tooth decay and repair enamel. Similarly, by controlling the acidity levels in your mouth, tea can further help to keep those cavities at bay. Polyphenols, naturally occurring micronutrients found in plant-based foods, are also found in tea and can help when it comes to gum health. These polyphenols help kill bacteria, reduce gum inflammation and even combat bad breath better than a mint ever could.
So there you have it, five health benefits of tea you perhaps never knew about. Not only is it the heartwarming hug in a mug but a ticket to healthier body and mind, what more could you want!?