Tea & Health: The Benefits

Some say the story of tea began in 2737 BC China, when some leaves happened to blow into an Emperor’s pot of boiling water and the rest became history. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, second only to water and is nearly 5,000 years old. It has been a source of health benefits with its different varieties for centuries. The world has two types of people; coffee people and tea people. However, one difference is that the tea people are reaping the multitude benefits listed below. Grab a cup of freshly brewed tea and read on!

 

Bone Strength

Osteoporosis who? Green tea is very effective in increasing strength and bone mineral density. It also reduces the frequency of fractures and bone pains.

A natural SPF

Did you Know that green tea can reduce the severity of UV radiation? Well, green tea extract applied on skin will protect it from sunburns. It is a safe and natural alternative but be mindful that it doesn’t replace a strong SPF.

Reduce the risk of Heart Attack

Ischemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, according to WHOResearchers suggest that heavy consumption of black tea can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Tea overall can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.  Is there a more convincing reason to start drinking tea?

Tea can prevent Blindness

Tea is known for containing high level of anti-oxidants, the same substances that are found in eye tissue. Drinking tea can prevent blindness that results from cataracts.

Ward off Allergens

The nice weather in spring comes with the undesirable allergens that we are all too familiar with. A study found that tea may be helpful in reducing pollen allergies. It may also reduce allergic reactions, serving as a natural antihistamine. Spring is a great time to enjoy the different flavors of tea and stay allergy free.

Stress Buster

The hormone Cortisol is secreted when we are in stressful conditions. What is unfortunate is that this hormone can cause belly fat and early aging. This is where tea comes to the rescue. Drinking tea can help lower your cortisol spikes and keep your belly in its optimum shape.

All these benefits (and more!) aside, tea is a beverage that tastes good without the added calories. It can help you relax throughout the day and take it slow. What more could you need?


Written by: Bisrat Atalay Tasew

Sources:

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/the-top-10-causes-of-death

http://www.teausa.com/14655/tea-fact-sheet

https://greatist.com/health/13-science-backed-reasons-tea-awesome

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17286/9-surprising-health-benefits-of-drinking-tea.html

 


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