We’re big fans of tea. Otherwise we wouldn’t design baskets like our heralded Flower Garden Tea Time gift basket.
Did someone sound the 🚨 SHAMELESS PLUG 🚨 alarm again? Come on!
Tea is growing in popularity, so much so that Pinterest predicts in 2022, “Afternoon tea will become the new happy hour.” What perfect timing then for our next edition of “The Health Benefits Of” blog series.
Whether you drink it in a mug, on the go, or with your pinky extended, here are four health benefits you need to know.
1. Tea Can Promote Heart-Health
Our tickers are important, and besides family history, what we eat and drink has implications on the health of our hearts.
Enter tea time.
A 2016 meta-analysis (academic speak for a big study that combines data from other studies) reported a 20% reduction in the risk of heart attack and a 35% reduced risk of stroke for people who consumed up to three cups of green tea per day. Those who drank four or more cups of green tea daily had a 32% reduction in the risk of having a heart attack and lower levels of LDL cholesterol, the bad kind.
Speaking of which…
2. It Can Help Lower Your Cholesterol
Green tea’s active ingredient is called catechin–not to be confused with the Alaskan city, Ketchikan, though I’m sure there are tea drinkers there–which some researchers believe to be responsible for the prevention of cholesterol absorbing in the intestines as well as the increase of HDL cholesterol, the good kind.
3. Tea May Boost Your Immune System
Immune cells protect us the most when they reach their targets faster. Tea has been known to shepherd this process and bolster the immune system following injury or illness due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory characteristics.
4. Wait For It…
If you’re a loyal reader of our blog, you know what’s coming, and if you’re new, get ready for the big reveal.
IT’S RAINING ANTIOXIDANTS, HALLELUJAH! IT’S RAINING ANTIOXIDANTS, AMEN!
Visit anywhere on our blog page, and you’ll find no shortage of references to these wonderful, free radical-stomping compounds that protect our cells.
Oh, and certain teas contain lots of them, particularly a potent flavonoid called ECGC, which can fight the free radicals that contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries.
The Best Teas
According to WebMD, the healthiest tea varietals are:
Remember, to reap the health benefits of tea, you have to be careful what you add to your cup. Sugar, cream, syrups, and other indulgent ingredients will compromise everything we’ve discussed, so keep that in mind.
Go on now and stock your pantry.