Tea may lack in variety, but it makes up for with some serious health benefits. Read on to find out how drinking teas rocks our health.
Boost exercise endurance: Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.
Reduce the risk of heart attack: Tea might also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
Abundant antioxidants contain: The antioxidants in tea (especially green teas) might help protect against cancers. But don’t rely solely on tea to keep a healthy body — tea is not a miracle cure, after all.
Fight free radicals: Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity (“ORAC” to its friends), which is a fancy way of saying that it helps destroy free radicals (which can damage DNA) in the body. While our bodies are designed to fight free radicals on their own, they’re not 100 percent effective — and since damage from these radical oxygen ninjas has been linked to cancer, heart disease and neurological degeneration, we’ll take all the help we can get.
Hydration: Tea is hydrating to the body. Even despite the caffeine!
Longer concentration: L-theanine is an amino acid responsible for increasing alpha brain wave activity. In concert with the stimulant caffeine, this allows tea to induce a feeling of increased concentration over a longer period of time, compared to caffeine alone. The effects of caffeine are being moderated by L-theanine compared to coffee.
Provide protection from ultraviolet rays: We know it’s important to limit exposure to UV rays, and we all know what it’s like to feel the burn. The good news is that green tea may act as a back-up sunscreen.
Keep waist circumference in check: In one study, participants who regularly consumed hot tea had lower waist circumference and lower BMI than non-consuming participants. Scientists speculate that regular tea drinking lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome (which increases the risk of diabetes, artery disease and stroke), although it’s important to remember that correlation does not equal causation.
Counteract some of the negative effects of smoking: Regular tea drinking might also even lessen the risk of lung cancer (good news, obviously, but not a justification for cigs).
Beneficial to immune system and skin : Studies suggest that compounds in teas could help to fight off infections and bacteria.
Help the body recover from radiation: One study found that tea helped protect against cellular degeneration upon exposure to radiation, while another found that tea can help skin bounce back post exposure.
Improve bone strength: Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.
Reduce cholesterol and blood pressure : Studies have shown the Polyphenols in black teas might help to reduce chances of strokes or heart diseases.
Time Magazine: http://healthland.time.com/2012/09/04/13-reasons-to-love-tea/