Tea is thought to lower cholesterol by inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol from your large intestine. When it comes to lowering your cholesterol, there are two types of tea that are the most favored; green tea, which was found to help lower LDL and total serum cholesterol, and Chinese Pu-erh tea, which is renown for its ability to lower cholesterol. Most sources recommend drinking a five cups per day for the minimum results, but studies have shown that a higher consumption of tea each day will provide the largest reduction in cholesterol.
Improves Memory and Concentration
Research has shown that the combination of L-Theanine (a natural occurring amino acid) and caffeine found in tea, improves memory and reaction time as well as increases concentration and focus. White tea is thought to provide the highest level of L-Theanine for a sharp mind, focus and concentration.
Allergies and Asthma
Seasonal allergies can cause an array of uncomfortable symptoms, from itchy eyes to continuous sneezing. Although some allergies may require prescription medications, consuming certain teas can ease the symptoms of milder cases. Certain teas, like stinging nettle, contains powerful antioxidants, known as EGCG) that have been shown to lessen or eliminate some symptoms associated pollen allergies, such as congestion, sneezing and itchy eyes. Green tea contains quercetin (a natural flavonol) that has been shown to initiate a histamine response and theophylline, which relaxes the muscles that support your bronchial tubes, thus potentially reducing the severity of your asthma.
Bright Smile and Fresh Breath
Research has shown that drinking tea can reduce the risk of cavities, bad breath and periodontal disease. Yes, it is true that tea can stain your teeth, but if you drink lighter teas, such as green tea, there is a less risk of staining. Drinking black tea, which contains polyphenols, reduces the formation of plaque and it kills the cavity-causing bacteria. Green tea also destroys the viruses and bacteria that may cause periodontal disease and it slows the growth of bacteria that often leads to bad breath.
Acne, which is one of the most common types of skin problems, occurs when the pores in your skin get clogged. Although drinking tea cannot cure acne, certain teas may help to reduce the amount of breakouts. Herbal teas, such as chamomile and red rooibos, contain natural anti-inflammatory benefits, which can help to reduce acne as well as dry skin. Spearmint tea is also beneficial for reducing inflammatory rosacea and preventing the growth of bacteria that causes acne.
Fights Free Radicals
Free radicals damage healthy cells in your body, which leads to skin aging, wrinkles, cancer, neurological degeneration and heart disease. Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant known as polyphenols and it has a high oxygen radical absorbency, which means it can destroy free radicals, so it helps protect your skin and promotes longevity.
Boosts Immune System
Green tea contains polyphenols and flavenoids, which help boost your immune system, making your body stronger at fighting against infections. Properties found in black tea, alkylamine antigens, also help give your immune system a boost and it also contains tannins, which help fight viruses, such as the stomach flu, influenza and other common viruses.
Reduces the Risk of Arthritis
Tea, especially green tea, can help reduce and possibly prevent the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. It contains active compounds that block harmful enzymes from destroying cartilage and it helps to lower the levels of inflammatory and inflammation reactions, which is connected to both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The inflammation associated with arthritis can cause water retention and puffy skin, but drinking a few cups of tea each day will help reduce water weight gain.
Relieves Stress and Anxiety
Both green tea and black tea contain L-theanine (an amino acid) that has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety, so you can relax and concentrate better. Black tea has also been shown to reduce the levels of cortisol (stress hormone) when it is consumed in moderate amounts and on a regular basis. Chamomile tea is also excellent for reducing anxiety and promoting a restful sleep. The longer tea is brewed, the greater the amount of L-theanine will be in each cup.
If you want a healthier heart, studies have shown that drinking green tea lowers the inflammation levels, which may provide protection against cardiovascular disease. Green tea contains antioxidants known as catechins that not only help prevent against stroke and heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels, but even after a heart attack, it prevents further cell deaths and speeds up heart cell recovery. Green tea also helps to keep your blood pressure down by repressing angiotension (a peptide hormone), which may lead to high blood pressure.
Green tea, white tea and yerba mate tea all have various properties that can help with weight loss. Green tea contains a polyphenol antioxidant known as EGCG that helps to burn fat, naturally boosts your metabolism and stops the movement of glucose in fat cells. White tea also contains the polphenol antioxidant which prevents new fat cells from forming and yerba mate tea, contains plant compounds that slow digestion, so you feel full longer and eat less.
Relieves Nausea and Calms Stomach
Teas made from ginger, chamomile and/or peppermint are known for their stomach-calming properties. Research has shown that ginger contains chemicals that work in your stomach and intestines to relieve nausea as well as calming the brain and nervous system. Peppermint has been used for ages to settle an upset stomach, but studies have also shown that peppermint tea may also help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), promote healthy digestion and alleviate gas. Chamomile tea is beneficial form relieving heartburn, flatulence, digestion and the muscle spasms that often accompany IBS.
Drinking tea may help to relieve the pain associated with tension headaches and migraines. Ginger tea may also help reduce the vomiting and nausea that often accompanies a migraine. Chamomile tea has a variety of compounds that can relax you and ease the pain. Feverfew tea contains compounds that provide a sedative and anti-inflammatory effect, which can help reduce the symptoms associated with both tension headaches and migraines. Tip: feverfew tea is slightly bitter, but adding a bit of cream and sugar to it will improve the taste.
If you have trouble sleeping at night, chances are there is a tea that can help. Valerian root tea is excellent for insomnia. It contains natural compounds that work like a sedative, but it is safe than over-the-counter sleep aids, but it is important to talk with your doctor before using valerian root tea, because with prolonged use it may lead to dependency and it may interfere with various prescription medications. Chamomile is also an excellent tea for inducing sleep. It also helps to reduce anxiety, so you can have a restful sleep.
Lowers Blood Sugar
Research has shown that drinking green tea may prevent sharp increases in blood sugar levels and balances lipid and glucose metabolism rates. Green, black and white tea contain polyphenols and polysaccharides that may help to lower your blood sugar level and adding a touch of cinnamon to your tea will increase the effects of the tea.
May Prevent Certain Cancers
Teas, including black tea, white tea, green tea and red Rooibos tea contain various cancer-fighting compounds. Both black and green tea may help counteract the negative effects of smoking and may even reduce the risk of lung cancer. These teas contain powerful antioxidants that may help protect against a variety of cancers, including skin cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, pancreas cancer, and ovarian cancer. Keep in mind that tea is not a miracle cure, however, studies have shown the antioxidant properties found in tea, such as catechins and polyphenol, are extremely beneficial at preventing the cell damage that is linked to cancer. White tea that is uncured and unfermented has been shown to have the most potent anticancer properties when compared to processed teas.