Tea is a British staple, and we all love a good brew! There are many great reasons to sit back and enjoy your cuppa, there may even be health benefits too. There have been many studies into the benefits of tea, we’ve discussed some of the most promising results.
Tea has lots of antioxidants, which are great for removing free radicals in the body. Most teas have good levels of antioxidants, but green tea and white tea are considered to have the highest levels.
If you’re trying to cut down on your Caffeine intake, then try a cup of tea. All types of herbal tea have no caffeine at all, whilst the traditional teas have 50% less than coffee. Making tea a good coffee alternative for anyone that is cutting down or that experiences side effects from drinking too much caffeine.
There have been studies that concluded that drinking 1-3 cups of green tea a day can improve your heart health and reduce the risks of conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. The study found a 20% reduction in the risk of heart attack and 35% reduction in the risk of stroke in those who drank 1-3 cups a day. Matcha tea is supposed to have the strongest health benefits in this area.
Many herbal teas, such as Chamomile are good for people with digestive troubles. In particular, Chamomile can be a real asset to anyone suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as it is an antispasmodic, helping with cramping and pain.
Plain tea is calorie free, which means if you’re looking for an alternative to calorie and sugar-packed fizzy drinks then try a cup of tea. If you crave something a little sweeter than try fruit teas or different types until you find one you love. Teas themselves do not help with weight loss, but trading in a cup of tea for a high-calorie drink, such as a frappe or alcoholic drink can be beneficial to your weight loss efforts.
Very simply keeping hydrated is very healthy for your body! If you don’t like the taste of water then tea is a great way to get in your daily 8 cups. Try to limit the amount of caffeinated tea you drink to only 2-3 cups a day however, as caffeine can dehydrate you after too much.
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