Why Tea is Healthy For You (and Why Loose Leaf Tea is Best)

I know everyone loves coffee and I’m sure coffee is awesome. But today, I would like to point your attention toward tea, because tea is awesome, too. And it basically is one of the most healthiest beverages on the planet.

Here’s why…

Tea Helps in Increase Metabolism & Weight Loss

The antioxidants called catechins in green tea increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel. Since tea can boost the metabolic rate, it makes sense that it could help you lose weight and decrease body fat, especially in the abdominal area.

Tea Improves Cardiovascular Health

Several studies show that green tea can improve some of the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases including heart disease and stroke. It also increases the antioxidant capacity of the blood, relaxes the blood vessel walls and improves circulation.

Tea Prevents Cancer

According to The American Cancer Society,  catechins in green tea may help cause certain types of cancer cells to die as well as suppress the growth. In addition, drinking tea will help you stay hydrated which is really important, because cellular dehydration causes cellular stress that leads to imflammatory responses that may be implicated in the early stages of cancer.

Tea Controls Diabetes

Tea, especially green tea help diabetics (Type 2) better process sugars. In addition, research shows that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity as well as reduce blood sugar levels.

Tea Relieves Stress

A cup of tea can significantly reduce anxiety levels after suffering a stressful experience and make people feel calmer. Try peppermint tea, camomile tea, rose tea, or green tea next time when you are feeling overwhelmed. It will soothe you and make you feel so much better.

Tea Improves Brain Function

Good news! Tea can make you smarter. Tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to keeps you awake. Also, green tea contains the amino acid that can work well with caffeine to improve your brain function and increase dopamine. Study shows that drinking tea can improve mood, reaction time and memory.

Why Loose Leaf Tea is Best?

Using loose leaves will maximize the health beneifts of tea. According to a research, the release of antioxidants from tea leaves is significantly better from loose leaves than tea bags.

Tip: To boost more health benefits of green tea, try drinking green tea with lemon as lemon or lime can reduce the breakdown of catechins in our digestive system, and make them more easy to be absorbed.

 

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