Why tea is considered to be healthy
Tea is a tasty, soothing drink that can also improve your health. It is high in antioxidants—called flavonoids—which help fight the free radicals in our bodies that can sometimes lead to cancer, heart disease, clogged arteries, and other health issues. Tea also has caffeine and theanine which promote mental alertness. These benefits can be combined with an active lifestyle and a balanced diet to get the most out of healthy living. The following are some of the amazing health benefits of various teas.
Green tea has a high concentration of antioxidants—called EGCG—that may help prevent the growth of many cancers including bladder, breast, colorectal, lung, pancreatic, and stomach cancers. Green tea has also been attributed to:
- Burning fat;
- Improving cholesterol levels;
- Preventing arteries from clogging;
- Counteracting oxidative stress on the brain; and
- Reducing the risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological disorders.
Black tea is high in caffeine and may be attributed to reducing the risk of strokes and protecting lungs from cigarette smoke damage. Chai tea and other flavored teas often have black tea as their base.
Since white tea is unprocessed—uncured and unfermented—it is potent in antioxidants and anti-cancer properties. White tea is often used as a base for flavored teas, because of its light flavor, it is perfect for fruity and fresh teas.
The antioxidants in oolong tea can have several health benefits, including lowering bad cholesterol levels. Wuyi is a type of oolong tea that is also marketed for promoting weight loss.
This form of black tea is made from fermented leaves that are often pressed into cakes. Pu-erh tea has been linked to weight loss, lowering bad cholesterol levels, and aiding digestion.
The antioxidants in chamomile tea may prevent the growth of cancer cells and serious health issues that are a result of diabetes such as vision impairment and nerve and kidney damage.
Although there is inconclusive research on the health benefits of Echinacea, this herb is frequently used to fight the common cold.
Drinking three cups of hibiscus tea on a regular basis can help lower blood pressure.
Instant teas and bottled teas tend to have high sugar content or harmful artificial sweeteners, so they are not recommended as part of a healthy diet. It is also recommended to avoid teas that are marketed for weight loss. These often have laxative properties and can be damaging to your health. To get the most out of tea and its health benefits, stick to natural, high-quality teas that are high in antioxidants.
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