Inspired by the eastern world’s ingenuity to create a soothing, healthy beverage, the western world – America to be specific – decided to create their own. Thus, iced tea was born. Back in the day, it was safe to assume that iced tea shared the same health benefits with hot tea since both are made from the same leaves. However, modern-day iced tea brands are tea in name only. It is important to realize that artificial, powdered concentrates contain only a small fraction of the health benefits of iced tea brewed from fresh leaves. When choosing the best iced tea, make sure that it is made from natural herbs, or else it won’t have the all goodness listed below.
Protection against heart disease
In a study titled “Tea flavonoids and cardiovascular health” published at Oxfordjournals.org, it is said that tea is rich in antioxidant polyphenols (catechins, flavonols, theflavins, and thearubigins). In this study, it was reported that some, but not all, support the view that tea or flavonoids reduce the risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). Although not yet established nor solidly proven by other research, the effects of tea on CHD generally yields a positive result. In another study published in the Harvard Health Publications, it is said that various types of tea used to make iced tea are rich in antioxidants that block the oxidation of LDL while increasing the levels of HDL, which improves the function of arteries.
Reduces Bone Loss
Milk is usually the only beverage associated with strong bones. However, research has recently placed iced tea as a refreshing alternative. Elderly people with osteoporosis can in fact drink iced green tea to minimize the risk of bone loss. Because of its bioactive compounds, iced tea can increase the amount of calcium and other minerals in your bone and make it stronger to prevent fractures caused by osteoporosis. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences also shows that drinking iced green tea can also treat another common illness among elders, arthritis.
Improves Immune System
This is one of the most popular health benefits of iced tea or tea in general. Green and black iced tea have higher antioxidant content, mostly because it is rolled ad dried rather than fermented. It also retains more nutrients compared to others. Many research has found that green and black iced tea, due to high level of antioxidants, can help a person avoid a number of diseases, from common colds to a complex illness such as diabetes or cancer.
Natural iced tea is also said to improve oral health, as fluoride levels in tea are similar to levels recommended to prevent cavities (Linus Pauling Institute). Tea is also known as a weight-loss agent because of its characteristics as a natural laxative and detoxifier. Due to the same detoxifying process, the skin gets rejuvenated, giving it a healthier glow.
It’s amazing how this popular drink can have so many health benefits. Just remember to buy only high quality, natural tea, let it brew, and chill it for a more refreshingly healthy taste.