5 Ways Tea Benefits Your Body

Camellia sinensis is the scientific name for leaves used to make an Englishwoman’s favourite beverage.
‘She drinks it with her dainty fingers around the handle, an epitome of gracefulness, while she takes in the delightfully sweet aroma of the beverage.

Well if you haven’t guessed by now should I inform you, we are talking about tea of course!
Apart from just being the most popularly consumed beverage or liquid after water, it also has some hidden (or maybe some not so hidden) health benefits associated with it.
  • Drinking tea regularly keeps the body hydrated which can help maintain balance of fluids in the body.
  • Tea contains antioxidants that help burn fat in your body. This function is completed best by green tea, a variant of tea. So would you feel less guilty for popping in those little sweet treats if you had tea every day?
  • Also antioxidants and other elements in tea are said to be cancer-fighting agents and lower the risk of cancer. Drinking tea can thus prevent cancer. Though that argument still remains debatable. Antioxidants in tea helps boost the immune system and keeps it active so that it can fight diseases.
  • A cup of tea has very less caffeine compared to that of coffee. Though among both tea leaves and coffee beans in their very raw state, tea is said to have more caffeine than coffee but the opposite happens when both are brewed. After being brewed and diluted tea contains less amount of caffeine than coffee does.
  • L-theanine, a constituent of green tea (an amino acid) is said to have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and increases psychoactive properties. It can alleviate mental and physical stress, improve mood and increase cognitive abilities a function linked with caffeine. Theanine is said to promote alpha wave production activity in the brain. A little to high dose of theanine can cause no harmful psychological or physical affects.
  • Compounds present in tea such as polyphenols present in green tea improves functioning of the brain in the short as well as the long term. Drinking tea also reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in individuals. Both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s being a neuro-degenerative disease are involved with the human brain. A compound called catechin in green tea called plays a protective function toward neurons in our body.
Starting your day with tea every morning keeps you refreshed and active for the day.
Amongst all other variants of tea, green tea proves to be a healthier choice due to all the nutrients it brings to our body read more about benefits of green tea.

Although tea is a very healthy drink, it can have some demerits. The most important of it all being that tea can inhibit the absorption of iron. Some studies have substantiated this claim but it is debatable. Iron becomes most important to maintain haemoglobin levels and maintain red blood cells count. So while one is taking iron supplements, tea might hinder your iron absorption and you must be careful of that. So it is recommended to people with anaemia not to drink a lot of tea because that will affect your iron absorption. It is better to take your iron with vitamin C that actually facilitates better absorption of iron. Fruits that contain vitamin C also help.

Recently it has been found out that regularly drinking tea or coffee can slowly turn into an addiction for the body (one must beware of that!). All in all, if consumed moderately, tea can be an especially refreshing beverage.

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