Tea & Health
September 3rd, 2015
Chatham Street, Arcade Independence Square, Negombo Beach
Tea is Really Good for You
Tea is uniquely rich in natural goodness derived from the antioxidants in Camellia Sinensis. Fresh tea made in the traditional, orthodox manner is rich in antioxidants which offer therapeutic benefits in relation to nearly every lifestyle disease in the 21st century including heart disease, cancers, stress related disease.
Modern lifestyles are more often than not marked by physical inactivity, imbalanced, high calorie diets, stress, pollution and exposure to toxins, obesity and linked to degenerative diseases including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes. Tea is a natural beverage to which nothing is added during its manufacture and what is naturally present in tea is good for human health offering protectioin from most chronic diseases. At a simple level tea contains almost no calories and increases metabolic activity, it is also very low in sodium. Tea has very high antioxidant capacity with up to 40% of the extracted solids in perfectly brewed tea being polyphenols which act in the body as antioxidants. These antioxidants can neutralise toxic molecules, known as free radicals which are produced in the body and also result from exposure to polluted environments.
Tea reduces the risk the of degenerative disease in this way whilst also having the potential to reduce blood clotting and also reducing cell damage through lipid peroxidation and lipid absorption. Components in tea can neutralise chemical carcinogens and reduce damage by radiation whilst contributing to the control of diabetes by mimicking the activity of insulin and increasing the sensitivity of the body to insulin. Theanine in tea is said to increase alpha wave production in the brain, inducing relaxation whilst maintaining alertness, and thereby enhancing speed and accuracy of the human mind. The caffeine in tea is nominal (around 3%) making up to 7 cups of tea a day safe unless you are medically sensitive to caffeine. This increases alertness and reduces fatigue.
Adding milk to tea does not reduce its health benefits although milk contains fats and other elements which do not have the same purity and goodness as tea. Tea is best consumed without milk and sugar and whether Black, Oolong or Green, tea is uniquely beneficial to your health.