Health Benefits of Drinking TeaHealth

December 13, 2011 17:46
Health Benefits of Drinking Tea

Although it was widely popular throughout the Great Britain, tea was discovered in China. It was in 2737 B.C. when the Chinese Emperor drank a hot water without knowing that a tea leaf had fallen and immersed into it. After many researches done to this beverage, tea is believed to give many health benefits.

Strong Bones

A study showed that to be compared to non tea drinkers, people who drink tea regularly build stronger bones. Another study reported that old women having this habit have a high level of bone mineral density (BMD) than those who do not. This could happen because the flavonoids in tea helps improve the mass of the bone so as to prevent osteoporosis.

Beautiful Smile

Not only improving the strength of the bone, the flavonoids also support the oral health by fighting bacteria that cause plaque to form. Tea drinkers are bound to have a beautiful smile as the fluoride in tea protect the enamels. Many people cannot believe this fact since they have met tea drinkers with bad teeth. Instead of tea, sugar is the real cause of this problem. Leave your tea unsweetened or change the sugar with honey to keep your smile sweet.

Healthy Heart

According to a research published in 2009, drinking a cup of tea per day lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease as the tea enhances the activity of blood vessels. The flavonoids is again named as the substance that do the job. By drinking tea, the amount of lipid oxidation is reduced such that one is protected from stroke and other heart problems.

Improved Alertness

A 2007 study found that drinking green tea can increase one's attentiveness. Thanks to amino acid L-theanine which improves the activity of the brain and results in a more alert yet calmer state of mind. The fact that this kind of drink increases awareness has made the tea drinking becomes a part of a spiritual ceremony in Japan.

Low Stress

Drinking tea keeps the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, to be low. A study found that the level of cortisol in tea drinkers dropped by 20 percent bigger than those in non tea drinkers.

While drinking tea can give you many health benefits, you must be careful with some potential pitfalls you may commit while sipping the drink. Wait until the tea becomes warm or lukewarm before you drink it. This is so because drinking it hot boosts the risk of esophageal cancer. Adding milk to your tea may enrich the taste but the casein in milk bind the anticancer substance in tea which result in harming tea's ability to prevent cancer.

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