Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, next to water. The most common varieties are black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, and white tea. Despite the different varieties, most teas are derived from Camellia sinensis. This evergreen shrub, native in East Asia, is rich in antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols.
What are the health benefits of drinking tea?
Lowers your cholesterol
Increased bad cholesterol levels (LDL) puts you at risk of heart attacks. But drinking tea, specifically green tea, can lower your cholesterol level.
Minimizes the chance of stroke
Drinking at least three cups of black tea daily can significantly reduce the risk of having a stroke. People who drink tea daily had a 35% lower chance of having a cardiac arrest, storke, heart attack, or cardiovascular death compared to those who never drank tea.
Reduces cortisol levels
Cortisol is a stress hormone that the brain produces, but too much of it can wreak havoc in the body. High cortisol can contribute to weight gain and belly fat. Drinking tea can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol down and reduce belly fat.
Slows down skin aging
The antioxidants in tea prevent free radicals from damaging the metabolic, respiratory and nervous systems through oxidation thus slowing down skin aging.
Lowers risk of dementia
A cup of tea can reduce neurocognitive disorders later in life. Drinking tea has seen to show lowered risk of dementia. This is all thanks to the bioactive compounds in tea leaves such as catechins, theaflavins, therarubigins, and L-theanine.
Aids weight loss
The catechins in tea boost metabolism and help your body break down fats more efficiently.
Drinking a cup of tea daily can ward off bacterial, fungal, and viral infection that can cause illnesses. Studies show that catechins increase immune activity thus prevent flu and cold viruses from replicating.
Prevents certain types of cancer
The antioxidant properties of teas protect cells from DNA damage and may prevent different types of cancers including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, stomach, pancreatic, liver, ovarian, and oral cancers.