Tea has long been an institution, with millions of cups supped each day, making it an unlikely staple of modern-day living. But now it seems that green tea and even the humble brew has regained its status as a healthy beverage. This is because, studies have proven that this cuppa offers more than a simple caffeine fix with tremendous health benefits. Here are 8 reasons why you should drink tea every day.
Tea reduces your risk of heart disease
Tea can potentially improve the blood flow in the body, by widening arteries and reducing the risk of clots. It also contains antioxidants called ‘flavonoids’, which may slow down the onset and risk of heart disease. So, to reap in the heart-healthy benefits of tea make it a habit to start your day with a warm cuppa of tea.
Tea hydrates your body
After a long day in the office or after exercise, you might feel the need to rehydrate your body. Although water is the first choice to rehydrate the body, drinking a cup of tea is a fat better option health-wise. Being rich in caffeine, tea provides you a rich and flavoursome source of water along with a wide range of nutrients.
Tea prevents tooth decay
Believe it or not, a regular supply of tea can really strengthen your teeth and lower the risk of tooth decay. Tea is a great source of fluoride, which can bolster tooth enamel. The antioxidants contained within a cuppa have also been known to fight against bacteria and gum disease. So get slurping!
Tea can make you slim!
Some scientific studies have suggested that regular intake of tea (especially in the morning and before lunch) complements your weight loss goal. A cup of tea prevents you from putting on weight along with speeding up the burning of calories. If nothing else, it is less fattening than sipping on a soft drink.
Tea boosts your memory power
Many scientists believe that certain types of tea such as green tea, can strengthen the function of memory cells in the brain. Apart from this, drinking a cup of tea can offer protection from the development of dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease. No wonder why our parents and grandparents used to drink so much tea!
Tea protects against cancer
Some high-profile studies have recently suggested that tea drinking could lower your chances of suffering from cancer. Several reports indicate that prostate, mouth and breast cancer cases are much lower amongst those who regularly drink five or more cups of tea a day as compared to people who do not drink tea. Although research in this regard is still in its nascent stage, the anti-cancer property is attributed to the presence of antioxidants in tea.
Types of healthy tea – Green tea, black tea and oolong tea
With so many potential health benefits, there’s never been a better time to put the kettle on. But which form of tea is the most beneficial to you? Is that large cup of creamy, sugary black tea really going to help your body feel better? Let’s find out.
Benefits of Green tea
In addition to the numerous health benefits mentioned above, green tea has also been found to boost the performance of the liver, and prevent arthritis by strengthening bones. However, to get the most benefit from your green tea drinking, try and brew it from loose leaves rather than the tea bag. It’ll add flavour and allow more antioxidants to be released into your cup
Benefits of Black tea
Whilst green tea often grabs the headlines, black tea also possesses many of the health bonuses mentioned above. Offering a strong source of antioxidants, it is great for preventing viruses in the mouth and gums and has also been known to widen impaired arteries by as much as 50per cent, preventing blood clots
Benefits ofWu long(oroolong) tea
This Chinese tea is said to be the best for burning off calories, as well as boosting the body’s immune system. Unlike green tea,wu longtastes sweet instead of grassy.It thereforeoffers a much more welcoming taste, in addition to its myriad body benefits.
So, brew up a healthy cuppa today and you’ll be feeling tea-rrific in no time!