Tea is so versatile and delicious it’s no wonder the world celebrates these tiny leaves as it’s most popular beverage. From tender white and über-healthy green teas to rich and robust black tea and everything in between tea is more than just a way to satisfy a thirsty craving. In fact, for all it does, tea might seem a magical elixir rather than a quintessential quaff.
Some of the magic that is woven by this spellbinding libation is what makes tea so popular. Tea can warm you on a blustery afternoon, pick you up when you’re dragging, and help you come down after a long and busy day. Sipping tea can bring back precious childhood memories or give you occasion to pause and reflect. But, one of the more amazing facts about tea? It can help you battle some of the most desperate health threats of our day.
Tea’s Health Benefits
Most people already know a little bit about the health benefits of drinking tea. Tea is an excellent source of antioxidants which help boost your immunities and protect you against some cancers. Tea is also an excellent way to lower your blood pressure. One recent study showed drinking only 2 and 1/2 cups of oolong tea per day can cause up to a 46% drop in your systolic blood pressure. Green tea can help lower your triglycerides. But did you know that tea is the latest-and one of the most powerful-weapons in the fight against Alzheimer’s?
Tea and Alzheimer’s
In a recent study conducted by the National University of Singapore scientists found evidence that drinking tea can significantly lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In fact scientists believe that, simply by enjoying your morning cup of Lavender Grey or Forever Spring Oolong you can lower your risk by up to 86%! That’s really quite a remarkable little leaf, don’t you think?
According to what the experts found out it doesn’t really matter what kind of tea leaf goes into your cup, but consistency is key. Make a habit out of drinking tea each day. Sip some Japanese Jade mid-day, or try Detox Tea and reap even more benefits from your delicious cuppa.
Your Brain on Tea
And tea doesn’t just protect you from Alzheimer’s. This same study found the risk of developing other neurocognitive disorders drops by 50%. Those neurocognitive afflictions include Lewy body, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Tea truly is “brain food”. Tea has long been proven to protect and help your brain function in many ways. The catechins and theaflavins that are present as compounds in tea work to slow down the aging process through their ability to battle inflammation.
As mentioned earlier tea is chock-full of antioxidant compounds, some found only in tea leaves. L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes a relaxed state pairs so well with the caffeine in tea that your cuppa can reduce your mid-day mental fatigue. Instead of feeling sleepy as you do with most relaxing agents, you are better-focused and much more productive.
Green tea contains the chemical EGCG which improves memory and recognition. EGCG is also a major player in protecting your body from certain types of cancer. Green tea can boost your metabolism without causing you to be too jittery. Maybe it’s time to start drinking green tea more frequently.
Drink The Right Stuff
Even though it doesn’t matter if you pour a cup of Masala Chai, English Breakfast, or any of our other teas, in order to gain the many benefits of tea you must sip tea leaves. Herbal tisanes are tasty and healthy in their own right, but in order to boost your brain power you need to drink tea made from tea leaves.
From the growing to the harvesting to the curing of these tiny-but-mighty leaves they are infused with all their health promoting superpowers. Loose leaf is best, but the right kind of tea sachet (one where you can actually see the leaves that make up your cuppa) can work for convenience sake. Commercial tea bags don’t contain enough of the healthy leaf to do the job.
So keep on sipping this delightful brew and do your body some good while you enjoy the luscious flavor of your favorite tea. Experiment with some new teas you have yet to try. Host a tea party and find out how truly magical this elixir can be! Cheers to a long and active life!