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Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Benefits of Drinking Tea

Numerous researches have proven that tea – whether black, green or white, is a rich and potent source of antioxidants that fight (germs) or free radicals in your body. Free radicals are responsible for oxidation which leads to so many debilitating diseases including lifestyle induced dangerous illnesses such as – cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and even cancer, etc.

A hot cup of tea

Drinking tea thus helps reduce the risk of cancer; medical research has found that for instance, women who drink at least a cup of tea daily have been able to reduce their risk of developing ovarian cancer by as much as 10 percent more than those who do not take tea. Tea has also been found to stave off heart disease, the risk of diabetes type2 (by as much as 25 per cent), stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. Tea also helps to improve dental health and thereby preventing cavity by fighting the usually stubborn oral bacteria or germs that cause tooth decay.

Also, tea apart from boosting your immunity helps to improve or increase your bone density. Tea helps in aiding digestion, lowers stroke rate and fights mouth bacteria called streptococcus mutans. But one thing is very needful if you must take advantage of the full benefits of tea.  

Tea helps you build and maintain strong bones as research has found that tea drinkers for say a period of ten years had better bone strength even if they had weight problems or smoked, than non-tea drinkers. Also, for those looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, drinking tea regularly will enable you achieve this objective as tea contains no calories.

Recent research also found out that tea drinking reduces your stress level to a great extent. And lastly, tea has been found to relieve fatigue as well as aid clarity of thought.

Rules pertaining to Tea Drinking:

  • Try as much as possible to avoid the ‘extras’. This means – best take your tea as black i.e. no milk or cream, and with little or no sugar; better still with honey. Milk, especially whole or full cream milk actually inhibits or prevents you from getting the full dose of the natural essence or nutrients of the tea.

  • Another word of caution though – tea whether green or black has a small amount of caffeine in it and should not be taken in large quantities by people who are caffeine sensitive including pregnant and lactating women. Caffeine being a stimulant indicates that it is capable of getting you ‘worked up’ just like coffee and kola nuts are known to do. But in the long run tea is a better alternative in this wise because it contains far less quantity of caffeine. Too much of caffeine in your system is capable of hardening your arteries.

Enjoy your tea today – hot or cold, day or night.

Morgan Nwanguma

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