Tea and Health
Tea has been drunk and enjoyed for taste and positive health benefits in China for 5,000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe many teas have a range of healing properties, have a cooling effect on the body and can aid digestion. A Chinese classical book, Bencao Shiyi (the Compendium of Materia Medica) states: "Drinking tea for a long time soothes the mind, uplifts the spirit, and prevents obesity and aging."
There is a huge range of constantly evolving scientific research on the benefits of green tea available on the internet. Studies indicate positive health properties inherent in green tea are linked to high levels of powerful antioxidants present called polyphenols. These polyphenols, containing flavonoids and catechins, may prove effective in protecting our healthy cells from damage from harmful free radicals.
The human body naturally produces antioxidants which help control free radicals. But these molecules in excessive numbers can attack cells causing infection and disease. Research has shown antioxidants help to combat free radicals which can cause a range of diseases, such as heart disease and some cancer types. The compounds in tea, especially flavonoids can provide protection by supplying antioxidants to help protect our immune system.
Green teas provide a source of key vitamins, including A, B6 and B12, C, E, and K. Tea also supplies important mineral nutrients such as flouride, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Also present is the amino acid Theanine - noted for its calming effects on the nervous system and can help relax the body. Theanine, which occurs naturally in the Camellia Sinensis plant is thought to reduce the effects of caffeine inherent in tea.
Caffeine in green tea helps to stimulate the metabolism, aid brain function and improve mental alertness. Caffeine levels in tea are much lower than coffee.
Clinical studies have shown green tea to have the following possible benefits:
- aid weight loss
- reduce chlorestorol
- as an antibiotic
- boost the immune system
- lower chances of cognitive impairment
- lower blood pressure
- improve cardiovascular health
- combat arthritis
We believe good tea should be enjoyed for the taste and pleasure it brings. The health benefits are a bonus.
Please remember if you have any health conditions or concerns, then always consult a qualified medical professional. This article is not intended to constitute medical advice.