Tea is an aromatic beverage made from leaves found in India and China. It is prepared by pouring boiling water over cured leaves of the plant, and is the most widely consumed drink in the world after water, known for the relaxing feeling it gives to the body. In recent years, the popularity of different types of tea, such as green tea, oolong tea and other herbal teas, has risen. Read on to find out how the nation’s favourite beverage can be good for you:
Reduces Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
Drinking tea can help unclog your arteries. Blood clots formed in the arteries from bad cholesterol are one of the most common causes of heart attacks. Studies have shown that by drinking two to three cups, your risk of developing a fatal heart attack is reduced by up to 70 percent.
Prevents Premature Aging
Tea is well known for its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help to protect the body against premature ageing and disease.
Tea contains chemicals that help build strong bones as you age. A study of tea drinkers and non-tea drinkers found that people who drank the beverage for over 10 years had stronger bones. This is because drinking tea increases your mineral bone density and strength. Research also suggests that women over the age of 50 who drink tea regularly are 60 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who do not drink tea.
Green tea has been proven to increase the rate of metabolism in the body. By drinking about 5 cups a day, you could burn an extra 70 to 80 calories in addition to those lost from your daily exercising. In fact, you could lose approximately 8 pounds per year just from drinking green tea!
Prevents Weight Gain
Tea in itself does not contain calories, except when sugar, milk or sweeteners are added. People looking to maintain weight should choose black varieties as a calorie-free beverage.
Keeps Teeth Healthy
Tea contains fluoride and tannins that help to protect your teeth from the plaque. However, if sugar is added this can be bad for your teeth.
Keeps You Hydrated
Modern studies have shown that tea and other caffeinated beverages contribute to keeping us hydrated. However, experts have advised that you shouldn’t drink more than five to six cups at one time as this can actually cause quick dehydration.
Prevents Neurological Disease
Tea contains an effective agent that helps in the prevention and treatment of neurological and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Polyphenols in green tea maintain the part of the brain that regulates learning and memory.
Drinking black tea regularly will help boost your immune system against flu. People who drink or take black tea extract twice daily have shown higher immunity to flu virus compared to those who do not drink the beverage at all.
Drinking tea has its relaxation properties alongside its health benefits. However, experts advised that you should not drink more than four to five cups in one sitting in order to avoid the dehydrating effects of caffeine.
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