Thursday, 21 March 2013

The Major Health Benefits of Tea

Drinking teas everyday can lengthen
your life
Tea, it has been used for thousands of years and is possibly one the simplest and best ways to improve your general health. So what are the health benefits of Tea? How do they cause these health benefits?

There are ten main ways that tea improves your physical health, your mental health and your overall longevity.

All you need is one cup a day to have the amazing health benefits. So what are you waiting for? Read this list and maybe you’ll be convinced to swap just one of your daily coffees for a cup of delicious herbal tea.

Antioxidants are what protect your body from those nasty free radicals. Free radicals are like pollution for our body and the modern day world if full of them. Alcohol, cigarettes, many foods, and products we use every day are just some of the things that contain these nasties. They cause premature ageing, encourage cancer growth and take a general negative toll on your whole body.

How do we help protect our bodies from these bad health effects? Most herbal teas, but in particular green and black teas contain large amount of antioxidants that protect your body against free radicals.

Less Caffeine
A really great health benefit of tea is that it contains much less caffeine than coffee. For example a cup of coffee contains approximately 100mg of caffeine whereas an average cup of green tea contains 30mg.

A small amount of caffeine is theorized to be good for you in terms of preventing diseases such Alzheimer’s and Dementia, but large amounts can cause anxiety and heart issues. So the amount on tea is beneficial to your health.

Bone Protection
Among the many health benefits of tea there are studies that show drinking tea actually builds stronger bones. There have been scientific papers that compare the bone densities of tea drinkers with those of non-drinkers, finding that those who regularly drink herbal teas had the strongest bones. It is suggested to be the phytochemicals in tea that cause this health benefit in our bodies.

Reduce Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
Drinking black tea everyday decreases your 
risk of heart attack by about 50%
There have been a number of large scientific studies whose findings report a lowered risk of fatal heart attacks and damaging strokes in tea drinkers. A minimum of at least two cups of black tea each day is said to give this health benefit. Tea can help keep your arteries smooth and free from potentially fatal blockages.

Protects Your Teeth
One of the wonderful health benefits in tea are the tannins and fluoride found within every cup. These actually keep plaque at bay, protecting your teeth from cavities, decay and potential gum disease. So why not add a cup of tea during the day to your usual dental routine for a more beautiful smile.

Immune system
Tea can aid in fighting off infections within your body. Studies have shown that tea, when compared with coffee, actually increases immune responses within the blood.

Protects Against Cancer
The polyphenols found in most herbal teas have amazing antioxidant powers that have the potential to actually fight cancer. Studies have been scarce and inconclusive to date, but preliminary theories do show that they have the potential to reduce the risk of getting cancer in the first place and potentially even fight it.

Tea is great way to increase your fluid intake. Tea hydrates the body so helps to make you feel more alert (which is the feeling proper hydration provides) and keeps all your body’s organ functions happy.

Calorie Free
Another great benefit of drinking tea is that it is calorie free. So drinking tea is great way to get different flavors (herbal teas come in every flavor of the taste rainbow) in your diet without the unwanted calories.

Metabolism and Fat Burning
Green tea has been proven to increase your metabolic rate.  Scientific studies have shown that drinking 2 cups of Green or Oolong tea each day increases your metabolic rate by an average of 5% and you burn 12% more body fat.  

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