Tea contains high levels of antioxidants, which aid in cell regeneration. Some studies indicate they may even prevent cancer!
Tea speeds up your metabolism, particularly Green Tea. This is an added bonus to the fact that it contains no calories.
Tea can calm you down when you’re nervous. A nice, hot mug of tea at the end of a long, stressful day can do wonders for your state of mind!
Tea will make your skin look better. Studies indicate that the antioxidants in tea may help keep acne at bay and improve your skin's overall appearance.
Tea helps boost your immune system. If you are looking to get sick less often, tea is the beverage for you.
Tea can help you sleep better at night. Insomniacs should try rooibos at night before they go to bed.
The tannin's in fluoride and tea help fight tooth decay. Drink more tea, end up with a better smile!
In addition to all of the above, tea drinkers in general seem to be more happy, energized yet relaxed! Tea is no longer your "grandmother’s choice of beverage", studies show it is the fastest growing consumed beverage! Hopefully you will enjoy this beautiful beverage too
Across the country, restaurants, cultural venues and retail shops serve premium teas, while most supermarkets, convenience stores and vending machines are stocking bottled tea.
According to the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc., the number of Americans who will drink tea today is over 158 million, about half the U.S. population. And, the trend of increased consumer purchases of tea is expected to continue over the next five years.
Ever since 2737 B.C., when Chinese legend says leaves from an overhanging Camellia sinensis plant fell into Emperor Shennong's cup of boiling water, tea has been recognized by cultures around the world for its capacity to soothe, restore and refresh. Far from being a fictitious promise, tea has been lauded for an array of potential health benefits — from reducing cancer and heart disease risk to improving dental health and boosting weight loss.
The strongest evidence is on the side of heart health, attributed to the antioxidant effects in tea. Studies that looked at the relationship of black tea intake and heart health reported decreased incidence of heart attack, whereas drinking green tea was associated with lower total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides, and higher HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels.
Support for tea's cancer prevention benefits is less compelling. It has been suggested that polyphenol compounds — particularly catechins — in tea may play a role in preventing cancer. However, studies related to black tea and different types of cancers have been extremely limited or conflicting.
In 2010, Japanese researchers reported at least one cup of green tea per day was associated with significantly decreased odds for tooth loss. Other studies have suggested tea may lower the pH of the tooth surface, suppressing the growth of periodontal bacteria. A more likely reason for tea's anticariogenic effect is its fluoride content. Tea usually is brewed with fluoridated water and the tea plant naturally accumulates fluoride from the soil.
Evidence supporting tea as a weight-loss aid is based mainly on studies that used tea extracts (epigallocatechin gallate and other polyphenols and caffeine). These results may not be directly applicable to brewed tea consumed in normal amounts.
The caffeine content of tea varies widely depending on the kind of tea used and the way in which it is brewed. Typical levels for tea are less than half that of coffee, ranging from 20 to 90 milligrams per 8 fluid ounces (compared to 50 to 120 milligrams in coffee).