Have you ever asked yourself where tea originated? The tale is that Shen Nung, the Chinese emperor, in around 2800 B.C., first drank tea when tea leaves fell into the boiling water that his servants were preparing for him. Is this true or not, who knows? Who really cares? Tea is awesome! Here are five key benefits of tea.
Promotes Heart Health
Tea contains antioxidants, promoting heart health. Research shows that drinking tea may markedly decrease the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and blood clots. Tea soothes the tissue in the arteries because of its anti-inflammatory properties, which promotes optimal blood flow and prevent blood clots: Research shows that high blood pressure may also be decreased.
Reduces Caffeine Intake
Small amounts of caffeine can produce energy that lasts longer and works at a more fixed level than the jolt that comes from coffee. Green tea contains caffeine in these small amounts. It also contains L-theanine, an amino acid, which slows down the rate at which caffeine is absorbed. This amino acid increases alpha waves in the brain so you can focus and relax.
Fosters Weight Loss
Green tea is full of flavonoids and has small amounts of caffeine. This combination may accelerate weight loss by elevating metabolism and fat oxidation. Matcha green tea is a great choice with a higher content of nutrients and antioxidants. Some claim that the reason why is the whole plant is processed and consumed, while others use only the leaves.
Improves Mental Health
The antioxidants contained in tea eliminate free radicals, which can damage healthy cells, and they can also help battle depression. A regular teatime has been linked to benefits for memory and attention, as well as depression and anxiety. Diseases of the brain may even be prevented by drinking green tea.
Herbal teas, such as ginger tea, are often used for digestive problems. Ginger tea and peppermint tea are both great for soothing the stomach. Tannins in tea can calm irritable bowel syndrome and stomach cramps. It’s best to always boil water, then take it off for a few minutes before you put your tea in to steep. Boiling your tea harms the valuable chemical in tea, called catechin, which provides these digestive benefits.
From China to Japan, then to the Netherlands, then England, and finally, of course, to America, tea found its way. We drink it in the morning. We have afternoon tea with the ladies. We have a cup of tea when we get that precious moment of alone time in the quiet. Tea is not just a beverage that promotes happiness and wellness; it’s an event.