Imagine yourself sitting at your home – buzzing and alive with people chatting away, the constant interruption of good tea and the waft of yummy from the kitchen, the sunlight spilling in and spoiling you for more. You sip your tea, oblivious of its health benefits. Let us guide you through them.Tea has been around for millennia. Throughout, the Chinese have sipped it for everything from weight control to common cold to hangover prevention. Now with modern scientific research, we have a better insight into how tea can actually improve health.True tea comes from one, and only one, source: Camellia sinensis plant and can be broadly categorized into white, green, oolong, black, and Pu-erh teas. All of them are packed with antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols which have a positive impact on our bodies.
Here’s a brief of what tea can do for your health:
1. Lowered cholesterol levels
The all-time favourite green tea has been found to lower cholesterol level by absorbing cholesterol from the large intestine. Pu-erh tea is the most renowned for its ability to lower cholesterol among the Chinese.
2. Overall health with antioxidants
Antioxidants may help slow down the aging process and help your cells regenerate and repair. All the varieties of tea contain high levels of antioxidant polyphenols that might help you keep your body healthier.
3. Reduced cortisol levels
Cortisol is the stress hormone that contributes to belly fat and makes your skin age quicker. According to studies, four cups of tea per day might just make your cortisol levels spike less, thus slowing the aging process and preventing the accumulation of the fat.
Inflammation is connected to almost every modern ailment there is, including arthritis and depression. Since inflammation can also cause you to retain water and start to look puffy, a few cups of tea can help you look and feel thinner. Lower inflammation levels also protect against cardiovascular diseases.
5. Increased concentration, focus, and memory
Amino acid found in tea improves reaction time and memory while also increasing focus and concentration. Grab a cup of white tea before a meeting or a test for increased focus and concentration.
Add honey to your tea to double up the anti-allergy power already present in tea. It has been found that polyphenol, present in tea, might be helpful in reducing pollen allergies while also reducing allergic response.
7. Reduced risk of dementia
Tea halves the risk of dementia due to compounds called polyphenals. It is believed polyphenols could work in two ways: firstly by preventing oxidation of brain cells; and secondly by blocking the build-up of brain deposits called plaques.These are thought to inhibit proper brain function and lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s.Grab the humble cuppa, explore, and embrace the magnificence that tea is.