One of the most highly-touted benefits of tea, though, is to improve our long-term health and wellbeing. But how exactly does tea affect our body? Let’s take a closer look.
Tea is Rich in Antioxidants
One of tea’s most compelling medical benefits is how rich it is in antioxidants. These are the nutrients in your body that hunt down and eliminate free radicals: the substances that build up over time in your body and can damage your body’s cells. Some studies suggest tea may have as much ten times as many antioxidants as your average serving of fruits or vegetables.
With such a high concentration of antioxidants, tea can help protect your body from blood clots, atherosclerosis, and heart disease.
We should point out that high doses of antioxidants are not recommended for people with preexisting cancer or at a high risk of developing aggressive cancer. However, a moderate and sustained intake of antioxidants, like what you would get from regularly drinking tea, may protect your body from developing the disease by preventing cell mutations.
Tea Relieves Stress
Regular tea consumption can be a great way to reduce your daily and long-term stress levels. There are both biological and mental reasons for this.
A major component of stress is a hormone in your body known as cortisol. This substance causes your heart rate and blood pressure to increase, creating the physical sensations of fatigue and aches we typically associate with stress. Compounds in tea have been found to help reduce cortisol almost twice as fast compared to how the hormone would taper-off naturally after a stressful experience.
Also, tea contains the amino acid L-theanine, as well as moderate amounts of caffeine (about 1/3 the amount found in coffee). When these two substances interact, they can help your brain maintain focus, as well as to relax. So not only does tea naturally help stress-causing cortisol drain out of your system faster, it also promotes a more relaxed and comfortable mental state to block the effects of additional stress.
Tea Helps Treat Certain Chronic Symptoms
Certain herbal teas may help sufferers of chronic illnesses better manage their symptoms. Some, specifically chamomile or peppermint, have an antispasmodic effect. This has recently been found to help help people experiencing conditions like irritable bowel syndrome.
There are other herbal teas like ginger which have a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect in drinkers. In addition, ginger tea may help relieve the symptom of nausea brought about by any one of many conditions, and serves as a digestive aid.
Then there is green tea. Some researchers believe that green tea can directly improve cognitive function. In that way, it’s believed that green tea may help stave-off cognitive decline and the eventual onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Tea is a Reliable Solution
With all the uncertainty surrounding healthcare in the US, it’s best to adopt best practices to ensure your long-term health and hope for the best.
Enjoying a few cups of tea each day offers a calorie-free—and delicious—way to protect your long-term physical health. You can insulate your mind against sources of stress that wear you down during the day. Have a nice cup of tea…it’s the best thing for you.