Put down that cup of coffee and sip or chug some tea! Tea can be awesome for your health and the benefits are astounding. Tea has been shown to promote weight loss, prevent chronic illnesses, chronic pain and improve mood.
Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, topped only by water. But before you boil the water and sit down to a relaxing cup of tea, make sure that your "tea" is actually tea. Real tea is derived from a particular plant and includes only four varieties; black, white, oolong, and green. Anything else such as herbal tea is an infusion of a different plant and isn't technically tea.
Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest amount of caffeine and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, as well as some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. it also may reduce the risk of stroke.
White tea: Uncured and unfermented. one study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
Oolong tea: In a study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels.
Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, green tea has been widely studied. Green tea's antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Tea isn't just a comforting and pleasant beverage, it also has remarkable healing properties - so much so that it's deemed a "miracle drink" that may be even healthier than drinking water. Here are all the ways drinking tea can lead to a healthier, longer life - and how to maximize both the enjoyment of the drink and its health benefits:
Help reduce the risk of heart attack and help protect against cardiovascular diseases.
Has cancer fighting benefits.
Catechins in green tea extract increase the body's ability to burn fat and improve muscle endurance.
Can help protect your bones and improve bone strength.
Can help improve attention and facilitate better focus.
Can bolster your immune system and help fight off infection.
Helps keep you hydrated.
Regular tea drinking has been associated with a lower risk of Parkinson's disease.
May help protect from ultraviolet rays.
Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate and metabolism.
It's a calorie-free hydrating beverage.
Regular tea drinking has been shown to be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown the compounds in green tea can help diabetics better process sugars.
Can help the body recover from radiation.
Green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.
Cheers to healthy drinking and healthy living!
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