What are the health benefits of tea?
Everybody loves a cup of tea. There are so many different types of tea from black to herbal tea that there is something to suit just about every taste. One of the best things about a good cup of tea is as long as it is not loaded with sugar and whole fat milk it can be very healthy. Here, we will explore more about some of the health benefits of tea.
Tea contains plenty of antioxidants
If you drink black or green tea, then studies have shown that a single cup has up to ten times the amount of antioxidants found in one average portion of vegetables. One well respected professor even suggested that one of the main reasons countries like Japan and China have much less heart disease than the Western world is because they consume healthier tea.
Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke with higher consumption
Following on from the above, a six-year study conducted in Holland found that if one person consumed 2-3 cups of black tea a day, their risk of a fatal heart attack would be reduced by up to 70%. It is suggested that tea can help ‘flush’ out the arteries.
Reduced risks of Parkinson’s disease in later life
One study conducted by the National Institute of Health showed that the consumption of 1-4 cups of either black or green tea a day significantly lowered the risk of Parkinson’s.
The natural properties of tea help with bone strength
Apart from the fact that milk is obviously beneficial for bone health due to the calcium content, studies have shown that the phytochemicals found in black and green teas help keep bones strong. Following on from this, tea contains a small amount of fluoride that has been proven to fight off plaque. The reason why tea gets such a bad reputation for damaging teeth is because of added sugar.
Tea is great for hydration
There was a myth years ago that drinking tea and coffee had no positive effect on the bodies’ hydration. The reasoning sounded sensible, but research has shown that caffeinated drinks do help with keeping hydration levels high. In fact, the only time there would be an issue is if somebody consumed in excess of 15 cups a day.
Green tea can be great for additional weight loss
Green tea increases the bodies’ metabolic rate. When five cups are consumed a day, studies have shown that an additional 70 to 80 calories can be burned off by the body with no extra activity.
The above are the main benefits for different types of tea. There has been research into how some types of tea could potentially lower the risk of certain types of cancer (breast and prostate). However, even though these studies are on-going, so far they remain inconclusive.
Studies into the health benefits of green tea and all the other types are on-going, and it could be that in several years’ dozens more benefits are found. However, one thing is for sure, when consumed correctly, tea can be beneficial.