Tea is one of the most delicious and revitalizing beverages consumed by millions of people in this world. But, did you know? Apart from its delightful taste and the caffeine boost, drinking tea is also associated with many health benefits.
Teas, especially greens and whites, are often said to be the best for your health, and there's no denying it. From improving skin health, reducing the risk of strokes, offering better immunity and lowering the chances of type 2 diabetes: teas can go a long way as your health companion. However, drinking tea alone can never come close to being the most effective health promoter. You would still need to change some things around for better and more effective results.
Here are top 10 health benefits of drinking tea:
1. Boosts Immunity: An abundance of antioxidants such as Polyphenols, catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins makes tea one of the healthiest drinks in the world. These antioxidant properties not only help boost your immune system but also prevent many diseases that we shall discuss further.
2. Helps Fight Radicals: Teas can help fight free radicals. Teas are high in 'ORAC' (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) and help destroy free radicals that normally damage the DNA in our body. Even though our bodies have a defence mechanism to fight these radicals, they're not always effective. Drinking tea can boost our defence mechanism against these free radicals and help us stay healthy for a long time.
3. Hydrates Our Body: "Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it got two things going for it" Lead author Dr. Ruxton once said.
Even with all the caffeine present, tea has the potential to hydrate your body and provide the necessary fluids. Studies show that when you drink tea in a moderate amount, they are as hydrating as water.
4. May Lower the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease: New studies indicate that drinking tea may lower the risk of Parkinson's disease. Considering other external factors like smoking, BMI, physical activity and age, if you drink tea regularly, it can lower the risks of contracting Parkinson's disease.
5. Can Help Recover from Radiation: Teas are also said to recover your body from radiation. Studies also show that drinking tea regularly can help your cells heal from the after-effects of radiation. Another study also found that drinking tea can help your skin recover faster post-exposure.
6. Good for Overall Health: The antioxidants present in tea is also known for its medicinal properties against cancer. Therefore, drinking tea is believed to protect you against breast, pancreas, skin, lung, oesophagus, small intestine, stomach, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers.
7. May Reduce the Risk of Strokes: Strokes result when a blood vessel in your brain ruptures, or it is blocked. It is the second leading cause of death worldwide after Ischaemic heart disease.
Fortunately, 80% of the strokes can be prevented by simply managing your diet, physical activity, blood pressure and not smoking. Taking care of the following can help lower the risk of stroke.
A 10 years long research that was done on 74,961 people showed that those people who drank three or more cups of black tea every day had a 32% lower risk of getting a stroke compared to those who did not drink tea at all.
8. May Help Improve Focus: Caffeine and amino acid the L-theanine present in the Black tea can improve the alpha activity in the brain, thus improving alertness and focus.
Another study found out that drinking black tea daily slightly improved concentration.
9. May Reduce Blood Pressure: High blood pressure concerns approx. 1bn people around the world and can increase the risk of kidney failure, heart attack, loss of vision and even stroke.
However, alterations in your diet can help regulate healthy blood pressure.
A controlled study found that participants who drank three cups of black tea over six months had a notable decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, compared to the placebo group.
10. Improves Oral Health: Research funded by the Tea Trade Health Research Association indicated that black tea reduced plaque formation and restricted bacterial growth.
Black teas do more than just lessening cavities and tooth decays. Polyphenols in black teas are said to wipe off the cavity-causing bacterias. The lack of bacterias in the oral system also prevents the formation of plagues, a sticky substance that forms on the teeth.