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    The Health Benefits Of Tea

    The Health Benefits Of Tea

    Monique Bradley: TV presenter, web TV host, Food, living and lifestyle

    I’ve been drinking tea since I was about 6 years old and have turned out relatively ok (apart from the touch of insanity and slight twitches in sunlight…..I’m joking….).  I decided as a self appointed High Tea Queen that I should possibly understand what it is i’m putting into my body / temple… So here is some information about the health benefits of Tea!

    ‘Tea’ is the name normally to the hot (or cold) beverage derived from the steeping of green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, and pu-erh tea. All of these in fact come from the exact same source: the Camellia Sinensis plant, a shrub found in China and India.

    One of the biggest advantages of adding this product into your life is that it contains a unique antioxidant called  a ‘flavonoid’. The most potent of this, known as ECGC is thought to help fight free radicals that can contribute to nasty icky conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries. SO, let’s get into the details

    Scientifically proven health benefits of drinking tea

    Studies have shown that green tea can improve the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease including heart disease and stroke, including the improved total cholesterol (LDL) and bad cholesterol (46 ). Tea contains antioxidants called flavonoids that slow the onset and risk of heart disease. Green tea is rich in flavonoids which can help to boost your heart health by lowering bad cholesterol and reducing blood clotting.    Show Source Texts

    Tea can also reduce the risk of heart disease because it improves blood circulation throughout the body by dilating important arteries and reducing the risk of blood clots.    Show Source Texts

    As far as herbal remedies are concerned, tea is a delicious drink that can bring a number of health benefits. Tea contains antioxidant compounds such as polyphenols and catechins, which repel free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.    Show Source Texts

    In fact, a 2016 study that combined data from a variety of previous reports found a 20% reduction in heart attack risk and a 35% reduction in stroke risk among those who drank one to three cups of green tea a day. Regular drinking of green tea was also associated with a 32% reduction in the risk of pancreatic cancer compared to those who did not drink tea, and in women, increased consumption and prolonged tea drinking was associated with a reduced risk of pancreatic cancer. There is plenty of research showing that drinking tea can improve your health.    Show Source Texts

    A comprehensive review of observational studies has found that women who regularly drink green tea have a 20% to 30% lower risk of breast cancer. One study found that men who drank daily green tea had a lower risk of advanced prostate cancer [22]. After a review of 7 studies with a total of 288,701 subjects, tea drinkers had an 18% low risk of diabetes [44].    Show Source Texts

    For example, a review found that drinking six or more cups of green tea a day was associated with a 33 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to those who drank less than one cup a week. Studies have shown that people who drink both green and black tea have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but results regarding the effect of tea on cholesterol and blood pressure are mixed.    Show Source Texts

    Some studies suggest that the catechin in green tea can help maintain blood sugar and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. There is a lot of information about tea as a cancer-fighting drink, but research has not shown that tea consumption reduces the cancer risk. Some studies suggest tea drinkers have a lower risk for certain cancers, but other studies have not confirmed this claim.    Show Source Texts

    Although some brews offer more health benefits than others, there is plenty of evidence that drinking tea can have a lasting impact on your wellbeing. Numerous studies have shown that a variety of teas can strengthen the immune system, fight inflammation and ward off cancer and heart disease. More research is needed into tea and cancer prevention claims, but studies show that certain teas contain antioxidants that are good at fighting free radicals and at reducing the risk of certain cancers.    Show Source Texts

    Now that the pinkies are gone, it’s time to learn some of the amazing benefits and some of the risks of drinking tea. Blood sugar is a contributing factor to type 2 diabetes so it stands to reason that drinking tea can do more good than harm. Research on tea and diabetes shows that certain types of tea can help keep blood sugar under control.    Show Source Texts

    Tea not only slows down weight gain, but also stabilizes blood sugar levels. Some studies suggest that three or more cups of tea a day is better than drinking the same amount of water as the antioxidants contained in tea promote health of the body and rehydrate it simultaneously. According to Chinese researchers, drinking tea can also protect against strokes.    Show Source Texts

    The people who consumed 20 ounces of plain black tea a day for 12 weeks improved their heart health, lowered blood sugar levels and lowered the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in Preventive Medicine. In a case study in southern China, a significant reduction in the risk of ischemic stroke was observed in those who drank at least one cup of tea a day compared with rare non-drinkers, but the effect was greater in those who drank one to two cups of green or oolong tea a day. Drinking daily 1 to 2 cups of Oolong was associated with lower risk of stroke compared to non-tea drinkers, but it took more than six cups of green tea to have the same protective effect.    Show Source Texts

    Researchers believe that the catechin found in black tea can help keep the heart healthy by lowering triglycerides, a fatty compound in blood that provides the body with antioxidants that combat cell-damaging free radicals. Black tea also contains flavonoids, compounds from green tea and other plant-based foods that lower cancer risk. The study authors said that green tea, especially, is a rich source of bioactive flavonoid compounds that reduce oxidative stress, reduce inflammation and provide other health benefits.    Show Source Texts

    While green tea has been studied for long for its health benefits, including cancer, chemotherapy and chemopreventative effects, new data show that black tea has similar health-promoting properties. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging in January 2016 found that drinking black tea and oolong green tea in older people, especially older women, is associated with a lower risk of neurocognitive disorders such as dementia. In young tea leaves, the antioxidants and catechins in green tea are abundant, and green tea is grown in all shades and conditions, but like Matcha green tea powder and Gyokuro shade are the most commonly grown green teas. 

    So there you have it. If you’re not drinking tea you’re missing out on so much more than just a tasty beverage!! Enjoy!

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