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Tea is Good; It has been Good for 5000 Years
The health effects of tea have been detected, discussed, debated for over 4,700 years when the tea-producing plant Camellia sinensis was first infused. The legendary emperor Shennong who lived five millenniums ago wrote a book on medicinal plants in which he recognised Camellia sinensis’ effectiveness in treating numerous ailments ranging from lethargy to tumours. Read on to discover the health benefits of tea in the modern world.
Scientists have found that the antioxidants found in green tea extract enhance the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel. This increases muscle endurance, which ultimately boosts exercise endurance. Green tea in particular enhances bone mineral density and strength.
The antioxidants in tea may have cancer fighting capabilities. This quality helps protect against several types of cancers including:
- Small Intestine
While tea is not a miracle cure for cancer, its cancer-fighting abilities certainly qualify it for being part of your diet.
Tea has a very high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC). In simple words, it means that it helps destroy free radicals that damage DNA. Although the human body is capable of fighting these harmful radicals, it’s not perfect at it. You need all the help you can get and tea is one of getting it!
Despite the presence of caffeine, tea has a hydrating effect on the human body.
Drinking tea has been linked to reducing the risk of Parkinson’s disease. When analysed along with other factors such as physical acidity, body mass index, age and smoking habits, moderate consumption of tea was found to help reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.
Green tea has UV protection qualities. Everyone knows the importance of limiting exposure to UV rays as we all know how the burn feels. With great tea acting as your backup sunscreen, you’ve got less to worry about UV as a tea drinker.
People who drink tea invariably have a slimmer waist and lower BMI according to a study that involved people who drank hot tea and those that didn’t drink any tea. Regular tea drinking can also reduce the risk of a metabolic syndrome that is responsible for a higher risk of diabetes, stroke and artery disease.
Counter Smoking Effects
Regular tea drinking may offset some of the harmful consequences of smoking. Reducing lung cancer risk is one of the benefits of regular tea consumption. While this is not a justification for smoking, smokers can benefit from drinking tea.
Recover from Radiation
Tea is known to help the human body recover from radiation. It prevents cellular degeneration and helps the skin bounce back after exposure to radiation.
Type 2 Diabetes
Compounds contained in green tea can help people with Type 2 diabetes by improving their ability to process sugars.
Avoid and Treat Neurological Diseases
Tea can reduce the risk of, and even help treat, neurological diseases, e