Tea drinking is a tradition that dates back generations and stretches across many countries. The habit of drinking tea in the afternoons was actually popularized by the British people, who brought this culture to their colonies. Tea drinking is also popular in the middle east, and in the far eastern countries like Japan and China.
Modern researchers are now convinced that tea drinking offers a host of health benefits, especially to the sedentary modern lifestyle. Different types of teas offer different positive effects, as we will soon see:
As a popular beverage in Japan, green tea is drunk at almost every meal. Incidentally, Japan also holds the record for having many of the world’s longest living people. Coincidence? Green tea is actually rich in a plant compound called EGCG which has been shown to have anti cancer properties and prevent dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It also reduces stroke, prevents heart disease and helps control cholesterol levels.
Black tea is brewed from tea leaves which have been dried and then fermented. Black tea can combat lung issues due to smoking and reduce the risk of stroke.
Oolong tea has been proven effective in lowering bad cholesterol in many animal studies, and there are other claims that it helps one to reduce weight and stay slim.
The refreshing menthol taste of peppermint teas make it a popular choice during hot weather. It is known to help the digestive process after a meal and to help lower the negative effects of stress. Many have also testified that it helps to calm anxiety and relax tense muscles.
Traditionally, Chamomile tea has been favoured for its calming effect and is drunk to help one relax and fall asleep easier. It is also a great home remedy for menstrual cramps and muscle tensions. Recent studies have also found that it curbs and controls diabetes.
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