It wasn’t until recently that I started enjoying hot tea. Now, I love all types of tea. Most recently, however, I have been drinking several cups of echinacea tea to stave off a cold.
Echinacea tea is thought to help boost immunity, but there are many other benefits from other types of teas.
Catechins, most abundant in green tea, have antioxidant properties. The Catechins are also though to help your body burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.
Tannins, which inhibit non-haem iron absorption in the gut, are most often found in black tea. It’s advised that you don’t drink black tea with meals if you have an iron deficiency.
Caffeine, catechins and L-theanine can boost brain activity. L-theanine is an amino acid that is thought to increase alertness and attention-switching accuracy up to two hours after consumption.
Antioxidants in tea might help protect against a variety of cancers including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate, and oral cancers.
Tea helps fight free radicals. Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity. This helps destroys free radicals, which can damage our body’s DNA.
Strength. Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.
Black tea, which has the highest caffeine content, may protect lungs from damage caused by second-hand smoke and cigarette smoke. It may also reduce the risk of Stroke.
The most potent anti-cancer properties are thought to be found in white tea. This is because this type of tea is uncured and unfermented.
Though these studies haven’t all been totally validated, there doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea. So, it can’t hurt to grab some friends and take a tea break on this International Tea Day!