Tea benefits and why it’s recommended to drink tea
Antioxidants in tea and their effect on the organism
Tea is wonderful for health, however, before consuming it, make sure the “tea” you’re drinking is really tea. Tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant and only includes four varieties: green, black, white and oolong. Anything else (such as plant based “tea”) is just an infusion of a different, random plant and technically isn’t tea.
Although the majority of studies are focused on its most popular varieties – green tea and black tea, white tea and oolong tea also offer extraordinary benefits for health.
Tea can stimulate endurance; scientists discovered that catechins (antioxidants) found in green tea extract increase the body’s capacity to burn calories, which results in better muscular endurance.
Tea consumption could also help reduce the risks of heart attack and protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
Antioxidants found in tea can help prevent breast cancer, colon cancer, colorectal cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, esophagus cancer, stomach cancer, small intestine cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer and oral cancer. However, don’t rely only on tea to maintain your body healthy. After all, tea is not a miracle treatment.
Tea fights against free radicals and has a high oxygen absorption capacity, which is a fancy way of saying that it helps destroy free radicals (which can damage DNA) in the body.
Tea consumption is linked to a lower risk of developing Parkinson
When considering various factors such as smoking, physical activity, age and body mass index, regular tea consumption is associated with a lower risk of developing Parkinson disease, both for men and women.
Tea could offer protection against ultraviolet radiations
We know it’s important to limit our exposure to ultraviolet radiation and we are aware of the consequences. The good news is that green tea can act like back-up solar protection.
Tea can help you keep a watch on your waist circumference
A study showed that participants who consumed hot tea regularly had smaller waist circumference and lower body mass index, as compared to those who didn’t consume tea. Scientists speculate that regular tea consumption lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome (which increases the risk of diabetes, arterial diseases and stroke.
Tea consumption could counteract the negative effects of smoking and even lower the risks of developing lung cancer. (which is indeed good news, but not a reason to encourage smoking).
Tea could be beneficial for people suffering from type 2 diabetes
Studies suggest that certain compounds in green tea could help diabetes patients to process sugars more efficiently.
Tea can help the body recuperate after being exposed to radiations
A study revealed that tea helps protect the body against cellular degeneration caused by exposure to radiation, while a different study concluded that green tea can improve bone density and mineral strength.
Tea could be an efficient agent in preventing and treating neurological diseases, particularly degenerative diseases (Alzheimer).
While the brain’s health is influenced by numerous factors, polyphenols found in green tea can aid in maintaining the proper functions of those areas of the brain regulating memory and learning.
Keep your consumption moderate and gather information constantly
Although most of the researches conducted on this subject are extremely positive, not all are definitive, so remember this before you consume tea in quantities much larger than you usually do and don’t forget that the repeated consumption of hot drinks can increase the risks of developing esophagus cancer.
It’s really important to drink tea that is pure. Chances are the tea you find in stores also contains tea leaves of poor quality, so make sure you check the label.
Therefore, before buying tea, gather all the important information and only buy from those stores which sell tea of superior quality.
I’m Delia, holistic nutritionist, wellness advocate, beautiful soul and cancer survivor.