The Health Benefits of Tea

the-health-benefits-of-drinking-tea64FE1DF31762I seem to have a theme week going so let’s talk about the health benefits of drinking tea.  Really tea is good for you – at least it is until you load it up with sugar or artificial sweeteners.  You don’t want to count on McDonald’s Sweet Tea to help you avoid diabetes!  And those bottled teas are loaded with sugar and flavoring so while you’ll get some benefits from bottled tea, it’ll be less than plain fresh brewed tea.

Here’s a few of the proven health benefits of drinking tea:

  • Tea is full of unique antioxidants called flavonoids. The most potent of these, known as ECGC, may help against free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries.
  • Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.
  • Studies have linked drinking tea to a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. When considered with other factors like smoking, physical activity, age and body mass index, regular tea drinking was associated with a lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.
  • And despite the caffeine content, tea is good for hydrating your body.  So if you don’t like drinking your 8 glasses of water a day, chug some tea!
  • Tea can help the body recover from radiation. One study found that tea helped protect against cellular degeneration upon exposure to radiation, while another found that tea can help skin bounce back post-exposure.  I’ve even used wet tea bags as a balm for sunburn – it really works!

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So get healthy – go make yourself a cup of tea!