It’s no secret that I am a HUGE coffee drinker. My mother started letting me have coffee around 5 years old. In Italian households, coffee is a staple, therefore my parents never had a problem letting their children enjoy a cup or two everyday.
Although I do try to stick to decaf coffee (after 1:00 p.m), I have been gradually trying to introduce more tea into my life. Tea has been known to have so many benefits, some even refer to it as nature’s wonder drug.
More on why tea is SO great for you below! Enjoy
Is Tea One Of Nature’s Wonder Drugs?
There’s no better way to relax than with a nice soothing cup of tea. Whether you like strong black tea, green tea or even white tea, it’s the perfect way to take a little time out of your day and watch the world go by. And it’s even better to know that while you are sipping on your favorite brew, it may be doing you a lot of good as well. Tea has been used for its health benefits for nearly 4700 years, going back to the days of the legendary Chinese Emperor Shennong.
It seems like there is a media report every other day about how tea can fight off disease and help you to live a long life. Let’s look at some of the great benefits that drinking tea may give you. Studies have found that tea may ward off cancer, fight heart disease, help you to lose weight and even combat the effects of diabetes.
A lot of tea’s health benefits are due to the antioxidants it contains. Tea has lots of compounds called flavonoids that work to keep your body in good running order. These flavonoids can make up as much as 30% of the dry weight of freshly picked tea, although the amount goes down in tea that has oxidized more – such as black tea. That makes tea one of the richest source of antioxidants, which are thought to fight off cancer. There is some evidence that green tea prevents lung, breast, stomach and several other cancers from growing by interfering with the way the cells reproduce. One study has shown that white tea may be even more effective against cancers, since it is completely unprocessed.
However, some flavonoids form large molecules called tannins, and these can give a bitter flavor to tea if they are present in large quantities. These tannins give tea – especially black tea – its characteristic dark color, and are found in higher quantities in cheap teas. You won’t get the health benefits of tea if you can’t stand drinking it, so it’s best to get a quality tea that is less bitter, such as China Mist Tea wholesale teas.
Another type of tea you may want to consider for its health benefits is oolong tea. This is a traditional Chinese tea made from particular strains of tea plants that are allowed to wither in the sun and oxidize before they are processed. At least one study has shown that oolong tea can lower levels of bad cholesterol. Similar results have been found for Pu-erh tea, which is a fermented, dark tea from China’s Yunnan province.
There are also a number of other possible benefits of drinking tea. For example, it’s thought that it may reduce the likelihood that you will develop Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, since the antioxidants protect the brain. It may also reduce the occurrence of strokes and prevent your arteries from clogging up. So, the next time you have a cup of tea, there are now even more reasons to enjoy it.
Do you drink tea? What is your favorite kind?