“Tea” can rather be regarded as a friend of hard time or just a thing that is always considered as a first or second choice. Yup! If mind is aching, tea is served! If there’s lot of work, tea break is required! Boring time? Guest has arrived? Mind goes towards preparing tea! Indeed there are many times in the day in or day out when this beverage is recalled and get served. In such scenario when you strongly like this aromatic beverage or intake many times, it’s extremely necessary to know its positive and negative impacts on health. So, go ahead, hold a cup of tea in your hand and scroll down to take a glance at the effects it’s putting into your body and mind.
Let’s shade light on a ancient research; 5,000 years ago a Chinese Emperor Shennong estimated that tea is a health stimulant. It is fetched from the Camellia plant that is a rich source of polyphenol and flavonoid antioxidants. Both are natural stimulants that are proved essential substance to prevent and reverse DNA and cellular membrane damage caused by free radicals. These free molecules are cause of a variety of illness, among them cancers, heart disease, stroke; alzheimer and premature aging are majorly noticed. It has been estimated that Camellia plants has 800 to 1000% more polyphenols than vegetables and fruits.
There are various types of tea such as Green tea, Black tea, Herbal tea, White tea, Yellow tea, Fermented tea, and Oolong. Researcher found that one cup of white tea has the equivalent amount of antioxidants as found in 80 ounces of apple juice. However the longer fermentation period can reduce the level of antioxidants. The result is same for the black tea. Comparatively, green tea has a greater level of antioxidants than the black tea. Researcher also states that brewing tea for 1 to 5 minutes is the best for gaining maximum health benefits such as.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Tea has maximum level of antioxidants that is a vital factor for reducing the risk of heart diseases. Aside from that, it considerably minimizes the risk of heart stroke by reducing cholesterol levels, atherosclerosis and triglycerides, oxidative stress, and smoothening blood vessel dilation.
So, people who take tea more than three to four times in a day are less prone to stroke and heart diseases. A statistical analysis of research states that taking 3 to 4 cups of tea daily minimize the risk of heart attack by 11%.
Minimum Risk of Cancer
There comes up another benefits, researchers surmise that tea reduces abnormal cell growth and aid normal cell death by fighting free radical damage thereby minimize the risk of cancer. It is also found that regular consumption of tea reduces the risk of lung, ovarian, oral, skin and digestive cancer.
Taking black tea is rather more beneficial, it significantly reduces the risk of skin cancer. Moreover, a study reveals that green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer along with rectal, colon and pancreatic cancers.
Beneficial for Oral Health
In the tea plants, polyphenols molecules are found that reduces plaque and the growth of bacteria causing bad breath, strep infections and cavities. Tea store fluoride in its leaves that is beneficial for restoring resilient tooth enamel. Also, white tea is believed to be a cure of teeth staining as polyphenols molecules found in white tea prevents teeth staining.
Lower Risk of Kidney Stone and Improved Liver Health
According to a German study, consuming one cup of tea helps block iron absorption and prevent the lethal accumulation of iron. As a resultant, there is less likely to liver blockage and other related problems. The research also reveals that daily consumption of tea prevents developing kidney stone. In a study, it was found that a woman consuming 8 ounce cup of tea daily minimizes the risk by 8 percent and man by 14 percent with each cup of tea.
Tea, especially oolong speeds up metabolism; it improves fat burning and reduces your appetite. It also enhances body’s ability to use insulin, glucose and produce more heat. The cumulative effect of these changes results in significant weight loss and enhanced exercise tolerance. In a study experimented over 102 overweight or obese people who were given oolong tea every day for six weeks, it was found that their body weight and fat had been reduced.
Tea plays an important role to improve bone health. A study reveals that women who are habitual of taking tea have higher bone mineral density (BMD) as compared to women who don’t take tea. Tea also helps younger adults to improve their BMD. The result was especially noticed in the adults who had taken tea for almost 6 months.
Things to Notice
So, you have seen so many advantages of tea. However, there are some disadvantages that you should consider and avoid taking tea in those cases. Caffeine that is one component of tea is harmful for pregnant and breast feeding lady, other than that, person having anxiety disorder and stomach disorder should not take caffeine. Moreover, high amount of tea, especially black tea has many side effects. It may cause mild to serious headache, sleep deprivation, irritation, irregular heartbeat, tremor, heartburn, dizziness, convulsions, and confusion.
However, if we put aside some cases and excess amount that is harmful for anything, tea has many health benefits and being a rich source of antioxidants that improve health in many ways is one of them.