While it may not be advisable to skip the doctor’s visit tea does provide a lot of advantageous health benefits you’ve probably never even thought of. You’ve heard about super-foods? Foods like blueberries, and acai berries that are loaded with those fancy things called "antioxidants"? Well, it turns out that tea is on that list too, and has been for quite some time.
Antioxidants combat free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules – produced naturally in our bodies, as well as through exposure to pollution, smoking, and sunlight – that are often linked with cell damage and aging. They can lead to cancers and other degenerative diseases, especially heart and circulatory diseases. Tea, consumed naturally (without milk and sugar), is stocked full of antioxidants that can fight these free radicals, and protect our bodies from the inside out. It also contains fluoride to strengthen and protect our teeth, manganese, potassium, and vitamins.
All tea produced from the Camellia Sinensis plant contains the same health benefits but, some research suggests that those benefits come in varying amounts. The amount of antioxidants, called flavonoids or polyphenols, contained in tea may be altered by the type of processing the leaves undergo. Due to the different manufacturing methods required to produce each type of tea, certain types (like green tea or white tea) are said to be better for you. Black teas go through the most processing and some scientists believe they may not be as beneficial as green or white tea, which is the least processed, and is said to contain more antioxidants. However, other scientists believe that the difference is to minuscule to be noticed.
All tea contains flavonoids (the antioxidants), essential oils, and of course caffeine. Many people are starting to recognize the benefits of caffeine: increased metabolism which can result in weight loss, better concentration and more energy, improved circulation and digestion, as well as a general sense of feeling awake and refreshed. The essential oils in tea are good for the skin, provide other health benefits and have a pleasing and soothing aroma that helps the body to calm down and de-stress. The flavonoids do the rest of the work.
The antioxidants found in tea are cancer fighting, immune boosting, cholesterol lowering, artery clearing super heroes. As they fight the damage that free radicals are doing to our bodies, flavonoids stop the process of, and greatly decrease the rate at which our cells are degenerating. Drinking tea has been proven to reduce the risk of prostate, colon, breast, lung, mouth, and digestive cancers. Tea lowers cholesterol and decreases risk of heart attacks and strokes by breaking down blockages in the arteries and preventing build up. Drinking tea has been linked to deceleration of the progression of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, as well as physical diseases like diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Along with all the other benefits you can gain from a single cup of tea, flavonoids slow the process of cellular aging and have the power to keep us young and healthy for the rest our lives, so why wouldn't you drink tea?