• Melissa Kartini

10 Awesome Health Benefits of Tea

There appears to be no downsides to tea. Google its benefits and you’ll find a seemingly endless list of all the wonderful things it can do for you. This ought to come as to no surprise, as it has been regarded as a key ingredient to good health for thousands of years.

On the other hand, results from research done on these so-called benefits are mixed.

Still, with the rise of health-related concerns during this day and age, we’ll take all the help we can get.

Here are just a couple of the benefits you could get from this world-popular beverage:

Tea contains antioxidants

For those who are unaware, antioxidants can help slow down ageing as well as assist your cells to regenerate and repair. Which is especially good news for those who are worried about those Godforsaken age-betraying lines, amirite?

Studies also suggest that tea can help protect you from damage caused by pollution.

Tea helps keep your skin clear

If you’re plagued with acne problems, you might want to give green tea a try. It has been said that the antioxidants in green tea help ensure a spotless complexion, and that they can work as well as the much harsher 4% solution of benzoyl peroxide.

Tea has less caffeine than coffee

Which is awesome news for those of you who are worried about the amount of stress that caffeine can have on your system. So if you need a bit of a pick-me-up without those jittery side-effects of coffee, you can give tea a try.

(Green) tea helps boost your metabolism

This in turn means it could help you lose weight. While green tea can only give you a slight boost by allowing you to burn 70-80 calories a day, every little bit helps.

Tea is calorie-free

Unless you choose to add in milk, sugar or other sweeteners, tea itself is virtually calorie-free. This makes it a more attractive alternative to water, especially for those who love having some flavour in their drink.

Tea can lower your blood sugar level

Thanks to its dose of catechin and polysaccharides, tea is known for helping lower blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that green tea is especially beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes, as compounds found in it can assist diabetics process sugar.

Tea may help protect your bones

As it turns out, milk isn’t the only beverage out there that can help strengthen your bones. Tea can do the same as well. Studies have shown that those who regularly drink tea have stronger bones than those who don’t. We don’t know about you, but we’re taking this as a good sign.

Tea may reduce your risk of cancer

Breast, skin, lung, stomach, colon, oral and prostate cancer… just to name a few. While more studies than not suggest that tea can help ward off cancer, it certainly doesn’t hurt to add it to your daily ritual.

Tea may reduce your risk of a heart attack

It has been suggested that regular green tea intake may significantly reduce your risk of a heart attack. In fact, a study published last year stated that those who drink 1-3 cups of green tea a day are 20% less likely to experience a heart attack, and those who drink four or more cups a day have a 32% reduction of risk.

Tea is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease

Studies have suggested that green tea may help reduce the risk of this neurological disorder developing in both men and women. Of course, green tea is not a miracle cure-all, so be sure to maintain overall good health to better your chances at leading an anti-Parkinson’s disease life.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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