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Tea Health

Tea Health

Tea as with other health aids will only help as part of a healthy lifestyle; it cannot work as a miracle cure on its own - especially when biscuits are consumed with your cuppa.

Over 160 million cups of tea are enjoyed in Britain every day, over 7 billion across the globe. It is widely acclaimed that great health benefits can be gained from consuming 4 cups and more per day. Being one of the most heavily researched herbs on the planet, there is plenty of scientific data available to back up these claims.

That said, we will probably never know and understand the full complexities of tea and how it effects our mood, body or soul. Let us just enjoy tea for the taste, aroma, colour and the miracle of an amazing drink that comes from nature.

 

Some of the benefits of tea are:

(All) Tea contains antioxidants, caffeine and fluoride.

Tea has hydrating properties. Common knowledge has led us to believe that caffeinated beverages actually dehydrated you more than they hydrated you. However, recent research has shown that caffeine does not make a difference unless you consume more than 5 to 6 cups at a time. Tea has been actually been shown to  hydrate the body more effectively than water whilst providing nutrients and antioxidants.

Tea without milk or sugar contains zero calories, but by adding semi-skimmed milk you will only add between 10-15 calories which have the added benefits of calcium and minerals. It is claimed that tea is most beneficial as an aid in the process of weight control. Teas such as Tie Guan Yin, green and PuEr topping the list of those most beneficial in this regard.

Tea also contains traces of zinc for growth and tissue repair, folic acid (vitamin B9) for production and maintenance of new cells, potassium which helps the body to sustain fluid levels and manganese-vital for maintaining body development and bone growth.

Results from a recent research study conducted at Northumbria University (UK) suggests that beverages containing L-Theanine and caffeine, like tea, may have positive effects on cognition and mood, such as attention and memory. L-Theanine is touted as a substance that helps prevent anxiety, relaxes the mind yet does not cause drowsiness, boosts the immune system and has a lowering effect on blood pressure. L-Theanine is thought to be most concentrated in green tea. 


In China tea has been used as an after-meal digestive aid for thousands of years, it is a natural antiseptic, an anti-inflamatory, acts as a natural antibiotic, a body detoxifier and an immune system enhancer which researchers believe has a strong connection to anti-ageing and longevity.



Interested in finding out more? Why not visit our Tea Health FAQ for external resources to help with get a better understanding of this complex topic.

[Disclaimer; Advice not to be replaced by advice of physician, dietician/nutritionist.]

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