One of my favorite topics: tea!  In a guest post today.

health benefits teaHumans have been drinking tea for millennia and this ancient tradition continues today. We have all heard it’s good for you: drinking it when we are sick, drinking it when we have a sore throat and simply as a cool or warm drink during summer or winter.

There are four main varieties of tea: black, green, oolong and white tea, plus pu-erh, which is often lumped in with black, or sometimes oolong. These are considered classic ‘tea,’ from the Camellia sinensis plant, though we often find other varieties with other herbs added, sometimes even fruits. Tea has great health benefits due to being rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and phytochemicals. But what are the main benefits of tea? Here are a few of them:

  • Tea can boost your endurance. Green tea contains catechins which help the body’s ability to burn fat as a fuel, which in turn improves muscle endurance.

  • It reduces the risk of a heart attack and protects against degenerative and cardiovascular diseases.

  • Antioxidants within tea can allegedly help with cancer, though they are, of course, not a cure. Studies suggest a benefit in avoiding cancer, but the results of research are mixed.

  • It might lessen the damage to the body as a result of smoking, thus reducing the risk of lung cancer.
  • Tea fights free radicals. It is high in oxygen radical absorbency and it is capable of destroying free radicals which damage our DNA. While our bodies deal with free radicals on its own, tea can help our bodies do that more effectively.

  • It lowers the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Regular consumption is necessary to lower risk.

  • It might prove to be effective against neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s by helping in the stimulation of memory and learning.

  • According to research done by the German University of Witten-Herdecke, tea can also help protect our bodies from UV radiation. It helps by hydrating the skin as well as boosting its UV protection.

  • It can boost the body’s recovery rates in fighting radiation exposure. Cellular degeneration is reduced to a certain degree with regular consumption of tea.

  • It helps diabetics process sugars better, thus being beneficial with those suffering Type 2 diabetes.

  • It improves the strength and density of bones due to providing them with vital minerals.

Overall one must remember to drink tea regularly but in moderation. Its effects are not to be considered a cure for disease, but rather as beneficial for all who consume it regularly.

Angela Harpert is a freelance writer, who writes articles on a variety of topics, including SE6 Cleaners.