The magic cup of tea

There is a saying, any time is tea time and it is indeed true for us Indians and in fact for many around the globe. Tea goes straight to the soul and warms our hearts. For all tea lovers, one sip in the morning and they are set for the day. But this beverage does not only refreshes us or keeps us warm but has multiple health benefits as well.

The polyphenols present in tea extracts are great for our bodies. The different kinds like green, black, oolong and white tea have varied benefits that leave us refreshed and healthy.

Weight loss and increased endurance –Catechins(antioxidants) in green tea increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel thus boosting the muscle endurance and exercising capacity as well as causing loss in weight.

 Lowers cholesterol –Tea helps in keeping both total serum cholesterol and LDL in check by inhibiting the body’s ability to absorb cholesterol from the large intestine.

Lowered cortisol level – A study has shown that consuming four cups of tea every day causes your stress hormone, cortisol to spike less. Lower cortisol levels mean lower blood pressure and slowing down if the aging process.

Anti inflammatory –Consumption of tea reduces inflammation and inflammatory reactions which is the main cause behind many ailments like arthritis, depression and cardiovascular diseases. So four to five cups of green or black tea a day keep your heart healthy.

Prevents blindness –According to a 2011 study, the antioxidants in tea are good for our eye tissues and prevents blindness from cataracts.

Prevents stroke –Drinking at least three cups of green or black a day, a 2009 study has shown, causes 20% reduction in risk of heart attacks and 32% reduction ischemic strokes.

Improves memory –Research has shown that tea works on brain theta waves to improve memory and increase attention span. Drinking tea also reduces the risk of dementia by acting through nerve synapses. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine also increase reaction time, focus and concentration. So drink up and stay sharp.

Anti – allergen –A 2007 Japanese study has shown that a polyphenol present in tea, EGCG, helps in preventing pollen allergy. It also reduces histamine response. Add some locally made honey to your tea to double up the anti-allergic powers.

Tea is this magic elixir that soothes our soul and keeps our mind and body healthy. Be it summer or winter, you can take your tea iced or hot for a long and healthy life. So make yourself a cuppa and get chugging!

Mekhla Gan

About Mekhla Gan

"The whole world opened to me when I learned to read" and I have been hooked to it ever since. Suspending my own life, cocooning in someone else's imagination and in the process, living a thousand lives is for me the most exhilarating way of experiencing life. Books are what I turn to in my happy and not so happy times for it is in them that I find the words for what I have known all along..
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