One of my daily habits is drinking tea. I love to savor a cup of tea in the morning while reading a book or staying in front of the computer. I like to hold the cup with my both hands and feel the aroma which wakes up my numb senses and invigorates my taste buds.
This is maybe the greatest contribution that China has made to the Western world. Although it was first drunk thousands of years ago, tea was mentioned for the first time in English in 1655. And now long live globalization, tea is being drank everywhere in the world providing us pleasure, well-being, and good health.
Before I tell some important benefits of drinking tea maybe you should know some basic information about this wonderful drink. Like, even though there are at least six main types of tea – white, yellow, green, black, oolong and puerh they all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The diversity of tea types and tastes comes from the way the plant is processed. Also teas can be classified in 3 categories: origin, leaf size and added flavoring.
Tea originated in China as a medicinal drink and although, now, is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water, scientist have just discovered recently that this is a wonder liquor that does more than worm our bodies.
Some benefits of drinking tea:
Full of antioxidants
Teas of all kinds contain antioxidants which help cells regenerate and protect your body of old age and the effects of pollution. Also the antioxidants in tea might help protect against different types of cancers. But take into consideration that tea is not a miracle cure and although there are a lot of studies which suggest that tea has cancer-fighting benefits, the current research is mixed.
Helps reduce the risk of heart attack
Tea helps to prevent the formation of dangerous blood clots which can cause heart attack and stroke. A study from the Netherlands found that black tea drinkers were at a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack. Also EGCg , the antioxidant in green tea, was found to speed up the recovery of heart cells and to minimize cell death after a heart attack or stroke.
Good for your immune system
Tea contains catechins, an antioxidant and vitamin H that boosts the immune system.
A study comparing the immune activity levels of coffee drinkers and tea drinkers found that tea drinkers have higher immune system activity, up to 5 times higher.
Lowers stress levels and can create a more alert state of mind.
Black tea can reduce the effects of stressful events by lowering the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Also studies have shown that the amino acid L-theanine found in the tea plant alters the attention networks in the brain.
Calorie-free and can also help the skin
Unless you add sugar or any other sweetener, tea doesn’t have any calories. So if you have problems with your weight or just don’t want to put on more pound, you can easily drink tea. The antioxidants in green tea may have an effect on acne. Black tea also helps in reducing mimic wrinkles and preventing premature aging and pimples.
Recent research has shown that tea actually is healthier than water, in some cases, because it hydrates while providing antioxidants. Although it contains caffeine which is considered a diuretic which dehydrates you, researchers found that the only time when caffeine becomes a problem is when you drink more than five or six cups of a caffeinated beverage at one time.