Five reasons to love a cup of tea
Whether a delicate or strong kind, there’s really nothing like a soothing old cup of tea. Tea is the most highly consumed beverage in the world after water, and apart from being a comforting drink to wind down with, it is proving to play a much bigger role in a healthy diet. There is some evidence that long-term consumption of green tea catechins is beneficial for burning fat and may work with other chemicals to increase levels of fat oxidation and thermogenesis.
In one meta-analysis, a mixture of catechins (tea and caffeine) resulted in more fat breakdown than a placebo or caffeine only. People consuming catechins from green tea also lost nearly three pounds more, and were more likely to maintain the loss than those not consuming them. Drinking coffee or tea before your meals may also help with weight loss simply because it helps you consume more water. Research shows drinking 16 ounces of water before a meal lost about nine pounds over a 12-week period, which was three more pounds than the group that didn’t drink water before meals. Here are five reasons to keep gulping a cup.
1. It decreases the accumulation of body fat.
Black, white and green tea have all been hailed as heroes when it comes to our waistline, and white tea has even been labeled ‘a natural source of slimming substances’ due to its ability to block the growth of new fat cells. Black and green tea are the real champions here though, as they‘re able to burn calories, slow fat absorption, and even reduce appetite.
2. It increases your metabolism
Interestingly, tea actually promotes one type of fat: brown fat. This type of fat is more metabolically active and contains more mitochondria than white fat, which means brown fat can actually burn calories and improve metabolism. In a review of 15 studies, it was found that those who consumed two to six cups of green tea a day for longer than 12 weeks had lower body fat and body weight than those who did not. Not a fan of brewed tea yet? Green tea extract, a concentrated form of green tea available in powders and pills, has also shown metabolism-boosting weight loss benefits.
3. It reduces the risk of dying from dangerous diseases
Chronic diseases are among the leading causes of death in the U.S., making tea all the more important to drink daily. Some years ago, a pooled analysis of 12 cohort studies compared tea drinking with risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that among those who drank three to four or more cups per day there was a 16% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared to those who usually drank just one or no cups of tea. More benefit was seen in those who drank three to four cups a day versus one cup or no cups, so drink up!
4. It is calming
Are you feeling stressed? Is it seemingly hard to focus? Then tea might be just the remedy you‘re looking for. L-theanine, one of the natural substances in tea, has been found to have a relaxing effect on the mind and reduce anxiety. Caffeine is one source of the bitter flavor in tea and consuming it at levels found in many tea and coffee beverages has been found to improve alertness. Green, black, and white teas all contain L-Theanine, an amino acid that is said to improve cognitive performance and mood but does not have the stimulating effects of caffeine.
5. It gives you strong bones
Data from recent animal studies has shown that green tea may prevent bone loss. Moringa, a plant that’s native to South Asia, has been known for its medicinal properties and is now quickly becoming a mainstream superfood. With more calcium than milk, as well as iron, vitamin A and K, moringa tea is a great addition to help keep those bones strong. There are different types of tea and their benefits namely:
- Black tea: Unlike many other varieties, black tea is caffeinated, so it’s important to monitor your intake. When you pour yourself a cup of black tea, you benefit from flavonoids that combat inflammation and support healthy immune function. However, you don’t have to merely drink black tea to benefit from its healthy properties. It can be steamed, cooled and then pressed on minor cuts, scrapes and bruises to relieve pain and reduce swelling. A black tea bath can also ease inflammation caused by skin rashes and conditions such as poison ivy.
- White tea : A study shows it may be the most effective tea in fighting various forms of cancer thanks to its high level of antioxidants. White tea may also be good for your teeth since it contains a high source of fluoride, catechins and tannins that can strengthen teeth, fight plaque, and make it more resistant to acid and sugar.
- Oolong tea: The difference is how the tea is processed: Green tea is not allowed to oxidize much, but black tea is allowed to oxidize until it turns black. Oolong tea is somewhere in between the two, so it is partially oxidized. This partial oxidation is responsible for oolong tea’s color and characteristic taste. Oolong tea is notable for containing l-theanine, an amino acid that reduces anxiety and increases alertness and attention. It prevents cancer, inflammations and possibility of type 2 diabetes.
- Green tea: Green tea is exceptionally high in flavonoids that can help boost your heart health by lowering bad cholesterol and reducing blood clotting. Studies show this type of tea can also help lower blood pressure, triglycerides and total cholesterol.
In addition, regardless of the tea type you drink, drink responsibly. Avoid too much sugar and milk in order not to reduce or quench its health benefits. Teas are hydrating drinks that can help you drink more water. They contain antioxidants that can clean the mouth and are healthy for the brain.