Black, green or white, the humble tea does your body good in so many ways.On this lovely winter afternoon, we give you loads of reasons to enjoy that hot cup of tea.
Tea is good for you because
- Loaded with antioxidants: Tea packs in a range of antioxidants that protect your body from the ill effects of pollution and the ravages of ageing.While green and white tea are known to contain a higher percentage of antioxidants, black tea isn’t bad either. If you aren’t tea drinker yet, start now!
- Tea has lesser caffeine: OK, caffeine helps you stay alert –but too much of it is bad for you. Coffee has at least two to three times more caffeine. Though dry tea has more caffeine by weight than coffee; more dried coffee is used than dry tea in preparing the beverage, which means that a cup of brewed tea contains significantly less caffeine than a cup of coffee of the same size.
- Antibiotic affects: Tea contains catechins, a class of flavonoids that’s known to have antibacterial properties due to their role in disrupting a specific stage of the bacterial DNA replication process. However, choose green tea over other variety if you want to reap this benefit, as green tea’s catechins are known to be particularly beneficial in this regard.
- Good for your bones: Yes, the milk in your tea helps strengthen your bones, but that just plays one small part. Studies show that despite accounting for age, body weight, smoking and other risk factors — tea drinkers have stronger bones in comparison to non-drinkers. This has been attributed to the many phytochemicals found in tea.
- Cuts risk of cancer: We’ll once again have to thank the antioxidants found in tea. These antioxidants help fight free radicals that can cause cell damage. Though studies are inconclusive, there is enough material to believe that they offer some protection. So make tea your daily beverage and keep cancer at bay.
- For a happy mouth. Tea does not cause dental problems, the sugar in it does. Tea is known to contain fluoride and tannins that are actually good for your teeth as they help keep plaque off them. Further, they also help curtail bacteria growth in your mouth thus fighting bad breath. So make tea sans sugar a part of your daily routine for happy teeth.
- Boosts your immune system: Studies suggest that drinking tea regularly helps strengthen your immune system, keeping infections at bay. We may attribute this to the antioxidants once again.
- Increase your metabolism: If you have a slow metabolic weight that’s keeping you from shedding off those extra pounds, then tea can come to your rescue. However, choose green tea over the other for this one. By drinking five cups of green tea per day, you can burn 70 to 80 extra calories. Of course, squeezing in 20 minutes of exercise into your schedule will also help burn those calories.
- Lowers stress hormone levels: Is stress getting to you? Then get a hot cup of black tea. A study conducted at the University College of London showed that drinking black tea after a stressful event, can lead to lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. In addition to that, blood platelet activation, linked to blood clotting and the risk of heart attacks was also low for tea drinkers.
- For a healthy heart: Research shows that just black tea may help to protect against cardiovascular disease. The research showed that black tea consumption, depending on the dose, improves blood vessel reactivity. This means it reduces both blood pressure and arterial stiffness, indicating better cardiovascular health profile.
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