It's always good to know that a regular habit does you good, so it's gratifying to hear of the benefits of drinking tea. When the British made afternoon tea popular, little did they know that this is not only a nice way to relax and take a much-needed break, but it is also a great way to improve overall health. Drinking tea—especially on a daily basis—has some very potent health benefits. In fact, current research is now showing that tea can help you fight fat. Researchers from the Duke School of Medicine in Singapore discovered that the caffeine found in tea reduces fatty liver problems that are often linked to obesity and diabetes. By drinking four cups of tea every day, you would keep this problem under control.
However, not all caffeine is created equal. Drinking coffee—more than four cups a day—does more harm than good. Some experts believe it could even shorten your life. Ironically, it is younger people who should watch their coffee intake as drinking large amounts of it did not have the same negative effect on older people. The study showing the consequences of drinking coffee was published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings and included more than 43,000 U.S. adults ages twenty to eighty-seven years.
Green tea has long been considered one of the best teas to drink due to its high level of EGCG—an antioxidant that has been thoroughly studied and shown to disrupt the growth of many cancers including breast, colorectal, lung, bladder, and pancreatic cancers. Many people drink it because of its known ability to burn fat. It can also prevent your arteries from clogging and can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Black tea happens to have one of the highest amounts of caffeine and is usually the basis for some flavored teas like chai. Black tea can potentially reduce your stroke risk and protect your lungs from cigarette smoke damage. White tea is another powerhouse as studies have shown it is the most potent anticancer tea compared with other processed teas.
Of course, the younger population is also discovering the powers and great taste of tea. Matcha and rooibos tea are becoming more and more popular. Match green tea is said to offer even greater benefits than regular green tea because you are getting the whole green tea leaf and not just a hint of it in the water. This means you are not getting short changed on all the outstanding health benefits. Matcha green tea is also high in fibre, fights bacteria and viruses, boosts your metabolism so you burn more calories, packed with powerful antioxidants and can even enhance your mood. If you drink one cup of matcha green tea, it is the antioxidant equivalent of drinking ten cups of regular green tea.
Another popular tea is rooibos tea which is also known as red tea. The herb comes from South Africa and is brimming with cancer-fighting flavonoids. There are other herbal teas like chamomile, Echinacea, and hibiscus that offer a slew of health benefits in addition to their great taste.
Do not think of tea as just an afternoon delight or something that only your grandparents drink. Drinking tea is more mainstream now than ever. And with all the health benefits it provides, including its fat-fighting powers, why would you not want to drink it? Next time you are in the coffee shop, swap out that cappuccino for a chai tea latte.