Tea contains an abundant source of natural plant-derived antioxidant compounds called polyphenols. Included within the broad antoxoidant polyphenol class are flavonoids and catechins.At 1 5% of the weight by dry leaf, tea has one of the highest total flavonoids contents of all plants.For many years, tea flavonoids have been thought to provide protective antioxidant action against harmful free radicals that can damage DNA, cell membranes and other cell components.
Health Benefits # 1: Tea helps in preventing cancer and heart disease
It’s believed that free radicals can cause heart disease, some kinds of cancer and increase the risk of strokes. Recent research has shown the following:
- Drinking Tea with its high antioxidants level may help protect the body from cancer by combating dangerous free radical activity and inhibiting uncontrolled cell growth.
- Anti-oxidants may have curative properties that inhabit the development of heart disease and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.
- Tea flavonoids may increase coronary flow and promote healthy blood vessel functionality.
- Consuming tea lowers cholesterol levels.
Health Benefits # 2: Combats anxiety and negative stress
L-theanine, a unique amino acid, accounts for over 50% of the free amino acids in tea leaves and less than 2% of the total weight of dry leaves in both black and green teas. Studies show that L-theanine may promote relaxation and calm by influencing particular chemicals in the brain. Japanese researchers discovered that L-theanine is derivative of glutamic acid, a neurotransmitter located in the brain. Easily absorbed by the brain, it influences chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin, which effect mood. Studies show that amino acid, without causing drowsiness, enhances overall concentration and focus. The effect of L-theanine in combination with caffeine may contribute to the feeling of increased energy and overall calm that many tea drinkers experience.
Health Benefits # 3: Fortifies the immune system
Research performed at Harvard University and the Bingham and Women’s Hospital indicates that drinking tea helps strengthen the immune system. Tea contains an amino acid substance, L-theanine, as discussed above that also aids the immune system in combating and naturally resisting infection, bacteria and viruses.
Health Benefits # 4: Simplifies weight management
Some preliminary research shows that drinking Green tea may help decrease body weight and speed up insulin activity.
Health Benefits # 5: Increases oral health
Tea may have oral health benefits. Tea flavonoids may help reduce plaque, which lowers the chance of cavity and gum disease, and the fluoride (extracted from the soil) in tea may aid in protecting against tooth decay by supporting health tooth enamel.
Health Benefits # 6: Rejuvenates skin cells
Tea is now the preferred beverage of supermodels. The anti-aging properties found in tea help to promote a youthful complexion, while simultaneously reducing the signs of aging. Research indicates that tea flavonoids may strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis.
Health Benefits # 7: Hydration
Drinking tea positively contributes towards your daily fluid intake. It is a misnomer that tea should be avoided altogether as a fluid replacement due to caffeine’s diuretic properties. Studies show that tea fails to have a diuretic effect due to caffeine unless the amount of tea drunk during one sitting contains more than 250-300mg of caffeine, equivalent to between 5 and 6 cups of tea.