Lately, everyone from Dr. Oz to Oprah has been touting the benefits of tea. The Tea Association of the United States cites health benefits as the main reason tea consumption has grown steadily for the past two decades. Technically tea is anything that comes from the tea plant, including green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea. So, if the tea leaf is present, you’ll get all the health benefits. When you learn of its many healthy charms, a cup of tea just might replace your favorite Starbuck’s standard.
- Immune System Booster: Drinking tea may help your body’s immune system fight off infection. In one study, 21 participants drank either five cups of tea or coffee daily for four weeks. At the end of the study, researchers found higher immune system activity in the tea drinkers’ blood.
- Less Caffeine: A cup of Joe usually has two to three times the caffeine of tea. So if coffee gives you the jitters or keeps you from shut-eye, consider switching to tea.
- Reduce Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke: As you know, blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Research has shown that tea drinking may help keep arteries running smooth and clot-free. Indeed, one study found a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in folks who sipped at least 2 – 3 cups of black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers.
- Toothsome Tea: Tea contains fluoride and tannins that may keep plaque at bay… just stay away from the sugar. Additionally, tea contains antioxidants that help prevent halitosis (bad breath).