What’s better, tea or coffee? This question has been around for centuries and presently flourishing perhaps even more. While tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world ( after water), coffee is also not less popular. Chinese discovered tea in 2737 BC and used it for everything from meditation to common cold. Coffee meanwhile appeared much later.
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Modern scientific research also shows that tea contains substances linked to a lower risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The main health-promoting substances in tea are polyphenols, in particular catechins and epicatechins. These polyphenols have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Benefits of Drinking Tea:
Body Hydration fluid:
Fluid from beverages make up our body’s primary source of water.The fact that tea is generally pure water with tea flavor makes it a perfect source even in summers as it will replace any fluids you’ve lost through sweating.
Helps in weight loss:
Green tea extracts help to shed unwanted fat from the body. It contains bioactive substances that can kick start your metabolism rate and make you burn more calories. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends drinking 2 to 3 cups of green tea daily to get a sufficient amount polyphenols.
Protects against cancer, heart diseases and diabetes:
The polyphenols in tea have antioxidant properties that can lower the risk of various health problems ranging from cancer to diabetes. Green tea has 30% to 40% of polyphenols, such as flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants
A new study found that tea contains a substance that boosts the body’s immune system to defend against infections, diseases. An expeciment on human volunteers showed that immune system blood cells from tea drinkers responded five times faster to germs than the coffee drinkers. Coffee does not have this effect.
An Australian study, where tea drinkers were compared with non-drinkers showed that people who drank tea had stronger bones and were less likely to develop osteoporosis because of high levels of tea catechins.
Reduced stress levels:
Daily of cup of tea can help you overcome various stresses from your everyday life. A scientific evidence shows that black tea has an effect on stress hormone levels in the body. A study showed that people who drank tea were able to overcome stress more quickly and had lower level of stress hormones after a stressful event than those who drank other beverages..
So next time you visit starbucks, change your order to a cup of good health.