You hear more and more about how good tea is for you. But have you ever really heard the details?
Tea is made from the leaf of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Black tea is made from leaves that are dried and fermented. Green tea is made from slightly steamed and unfermented leaves and white tea is made from young leaves. Herbal teas are not made from Camellia leaves, they are usually made from herbs, flowers and fruits, such as peppermint, chamomile, lemon grass, hibiscus and orange.
All teas made from Camellia have flavonoids with the highest found in the black version. Flavonoids are antioxidants so a cup of tea is like adding a fruit or vegetable to your diet. Just like other foods with high antioxidants, tea is full of health benefits.
Studies show that drinking tea improves digestion and may even act as a probiotic. Related to this, there are findings that drinking tea reduces cancers of the digestive system.
Tea has also shown to improve bone health by reducing bone density issues for women after menopause. Bone loss and breaking of fragile bones is a big problem for the elderly that can eventually result in death. Drinking tea can help prevent this.
Heart health is also improved with tea helping to reduce blood pressure. Studies show that tea improve cell function in blood vessels.
With the improvement of blood flow there is an increase in brain activity. Other chemicals in tea also seem to repair injuries in the brain and potentially reduce chances of getting Alzheimer’s. There is caffeine in tea, but less than found in coffee. Caffeine will help you keep awake and alert and will speed up your metabolism. This may help in weight loss.
Don’t forget that tea has no fat and almost no calories! If you want to keep down the calorie, don’t add cream or sugar.
What’s the best way to get the most out of your tea? Always brew your tea, even if you drink it iced. That brings out the most flavonoids. Add lemon juice to your tea. That will keep the integrity of the flavonoids.
Whether it’s black, green or even white tea, it seems to have an overwhelming number of health benefits. If you don’t drink tea, you may want to consider starting!