The amazing health benefits of tea

Health benefits of tea

A recent article in New Scientist Magazine states that numerous studies have shown that green tea protects against a range of cancers, including lung, prostate and breast cancer.

EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) is a powerful antioxidant abundant in green tea.

The health effects of tea have been studied since its discovery in China nearly 5,000 years ago. It’s no wonder it has always had a place in traditional medicine. The World Health Organization defines traditional medicine as:

“The health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises applied to treat, diagnose and prevent disease or to maintain well-being.”

Tea has been used for numerous health purposes for centuries. Most importantly, it has been used to prevent disease and maintain well-being. The various health benefits of tea are explained below.

What is Tea?

Tea as we commonly call it can take many different forms. However, the term tea actually refers to the tea plant, also known as Camellia sinensis. The leaves produced by the many variations of this plant produce the teas we know as black tea, white tea, green tea and oolong tea. Many other teas are available, such as herbal teas, African Rooibos Tea. the South American Yerba Mate Tea and so on. And while these other teas are not derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, they are still often referred to as tea.

Why is tea so healthy?

The reasons why tea is so healthy can be endless in some ways. The reasons are endless, simply because of the endless varieties of beneficial teas, herbs, fruits, flowers, etc. in the world, which are naturally occurring and available to us. Many of these teas and herbs contain essential minerals, compounds, enzymes and antioxidants that are extremely beneficial to the human body. Many studies have been conducted claiming that tea provides benefits for the mind and body.

The health benefits of tea (Camellia sinensis and The Battle of Free Radicals)

Black, green, white, and oolong teas derive their leaves from a warm-climate tree known as Camellia sinensis. The leaves of this tea tree contain a powerful antioxidant called polyphenols. Numerous studies have demonstrated the anti-cancer and anti-aging properties of polyphenols. Some studies have shown that polyphenols may reduce the risk of many different types of cancer. Polyphenols do this by fighting our body’s naturally occurring by-product called free radicals.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a free radical as follows:

“An atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron and is therefore unstable and highly reactive. In human tissues, free radicals can damage cells and are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and age-related diseases.”

Without giving you horrible Chemistry 101 flashbacks, we know that the human body is made up of many different types of cells. These cells are made up of different molecules, which in turn are made up of atoms connected by chemical bonds. Atoms have a nucleus, neutrons, a number of electrons and a number of protons. Usually bonds do not split and leave an odd unpaired electron. However, when a weak bond is split, leaving an atom with an unpaired electron, a free radical is born. Free radicals are very unstable and react quickly with other compounds, trying to capture the necessary electron to gain stability. In general, free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule and steal its electron. When the attacked molecule loses its electron, it also becomes a free radical and a chain reaction begins. Once the process starts, it can multiply, resulting in the disruption of a living cell.

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Free radicals are produced in our body for various reasons, such as immune response, metabolism, natural aging process and disease. A plethora of external factors such as radiation, cigarette smoke, alcohol and various chemicals and herbicides also produce free radicals in our body. The human body can handle a certain amount of free radicals with the help of antioxidants, but as we age, the amount of free radicals in our body increases. The antioxidant polyphenols found naturally in tea are great at defending our bodies against free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by donating one of their own electrons, ending the electron-stealing reaction. The antioxidants are nutrients that do not themselves become free radicals by donating an electron because they are stable in either form. They act as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that can lead to cell damage, disease, premature aging and cancer.

Basically, free radicals in our body damage our cells. Damage that can cause premature aging, illness, disease and cancer. Our body is introduced to free radicals by both internal and external factors. Antioxidants in tea can prevent the damage to cells caused by free radicals by stabilizing them in our body.

More amazing health benefits of tea

Against cancer – Several studies have shown that the antioxidants in tea have cancer-fighting properties. Tea also has inhibitory effects on DNA synthesis of leukemia cells and lung carcinoma

cells. Tea has been linked to being both preventative and combative against many different types of cancer.

Anti-heart disease – Green tea has been shown to fight obesity and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol – two risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. Tea has also been shown to improve blood vessel function.

Anti stroke – Research presented at the International Stroke Conference in February 2009 found that drinking three or more cups of tea a day can reduce the risk of stroke by as much as 21%. The study, conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that drinking green and black teas has a significant impact on the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Anti-arthritis – Tea has been shown to prevent and relieve rheumatoid arthritis.

Increased mental awareness – The amino acid L-theanine, found almost exclusively in the tea plant, affects neurotransmitters in the brain and increases alpha brain wave activity. The result is a calmer, but more alert state of mind.

Weight loss – In clinical studies conducted by the University of Geneva and the University of Birmingham, tea has been found to increase metabolism, accelerate fat burning and improve insulin sensitivity. In addition, green tea contains catechin polyphenols that increase thermogenesis (the body’s production of heat) and thereby increase fat consumption.

immune system – L-theanine may aid the body’s immune system response to fight infections by enhancing the disease-fighting ability of gamma-delta T cells.

Reduced stress levels – Drinking black tea can lead to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Platelet activation, which is linked to blood clotting and heart attack risk, has also been found to be lower for tea drinkers.

Oral health– Researchers at the University of Illinois, Chicago conducted a study that found that polyphenols in tea inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath and may inhibit the formation of dental cavities.

Cardiovascular health– Research has shown that black tea improves blood vessel reactivity, reducing both blood pressure and arterial stiffness, indicating better overall cardiovascular health.

Tea seems to be a natural and pleasurable way to improve the health and well-being of the entire body, both mentally and physically. In addition to the studies conducted revealing the great health benefits of tea… brewing a cup of tea… and sitting down to enjoy it seems to have a profound effect on the body, mind and spirit. This effect may not be something best measured by science. Rather, it is something we feel.