Health Benefits of Drinking Tea

by rfcamat on July 8, 2011

Moroccan tea

Moroccan tea being served

Tea consumption has long been known for its  positive effects and contributions to one’s overall wellness. But what exactly is in that cup which makes it so good for the body?

 

This seemingly simple beverage is actually made up of a complex brew of chemicals. A big class of it is called flavonoids, which are natural antioxidants present in numerous natural plant-derived foods. These antioxidants target toxic molecules in the body called free radicals – chemicals produced by pollution and natural aging process. As free radicals react negatively with important molecules such as DNA, cells break down which can lead to numerous diseases.
Through antioxidants, tea becomes a recommended supplement to restore our body’s balance. However, there are still quite a number of health benefits of drinking tea that everyone should know. Take a look at the following illnesses listed below and see how tea can make it all better.

Flu

Tea is recognized as a natural way to boost your immune system. Although your best protection against flu and other communicable diseases is to practice good hygiene or get vaccinated, tea furthers your efforts to stay healthy. According to a recent study, gargling with black tea extract solution at least a couple of times per day gave people higher immunity to flu virus; those who did not, conversely, experienced the opposite.

High Blood Pressure

Another surprising fact discovered in recent studies is that tea can also control blood pressure. According to research, the risk of having high blood pressure is reduced to as much as 50% by drinking half a cup of green tea or oolong tea daily. Twice the intake would lessen the chances even more. These findings could lead to the implication that blood pressure can be decreased or prevented from increasing by simply drinking tea. More tests with controlled variables are still being conducted to verify this.

Heart Disease

If drinking tea can lower blood pressure, then it must also have a positive impact on heart problems. In a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, lead author Kenneth J. Mukamal, MD states that the greatest benefits of tea consumption have been found among patients who already have cardiovascular disease. Mukamal, together with his co-authors, studied the death rate between heavy tea drinkers and non-tea drinkers three-and-a-half years after they have suffered from a heart attack. From their observation, it was concluded that heavy tea drinkers outlived these critical years with a 44 percent lower death rate.

Cancer

Experts have yet to establish tea’s precise mechanism on how it can prevent cancer. However, current research shows potential; lab tests show that green tea extracts have inhibited the growth of bladder cancer cells, while drinking green tea can give a person certain level of immunity from stomach and esophageal cancers.

The health benefits of drinking tea does not end there; people with arthritis, weak bones, and even Parkinson’s disease can also try this popular herbal drink to cure or alleviate their illness. Tea can certainly do much more than just soothe you. With all known health benefits, a cup of hot tea is equivalent to a cup of good health.

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