Tea, which was accidentally discovered by the legendary Chinese emperor Shennong, in 2737 BCE, has become one of the most popular drinks for people across the world. Many people start their day with a cup of tea. But did you know that tea has a lot of benefits for your body?
Let’s take a look at some of the unknown benefits of tea-
1. Eases irritability, headaches, and tension
100 gms of Tea contains about 11 mg of caffeine, about 50% lesser than in coffee, which means you can drink tea without thinking about its effect on the nervous system. It is very helpful in refreshing our mind and also helps decrease the effects of a headache.
2. Provides Amino Acids to the body
Tea contains about 25 different types of amino acids, most of which are not produced in our body so it becomes important that we obtain them from the different foods and drinks that we consume.
3. Protects your bones
Tea leaves have several phytochemicals in them that strengthen our bones. Apart from the phytochemicals, tea is also loaded with Vitamin A, K, and iron which is very beneficial for our bones.
4. Can cause a temporary increase in short-term memory
Tea has certain extracts which can help increase memory – almost immediately after consuming it. Various scientific studies also support this claim.
5. Helps in weight loss
Drinking sugar-free tea is beneficial in losing weight. For better results drink tea on empty stomach.
6. Helps improve your vision
Tea contains a large number of antioxidants like flavonoids, vitamin C, and lutein which not only help fight against eye diseases such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and some types of glaucoma but also helps improve the eyesight.
7. Helps in strengthening teeth
Tea is a great source of fluoride, which can bolster tooth enamel. The antioxidants contained within a cup of tea have also been known to fight against gum diseases.
8. Prevents acne from forming
Tea has antioxidants like catechins that fight free radicals and nurses damaged skin back to health. Drinking green tea can reduce inflammation, which is directly related to the cleaning of skin and it also plays an important role in controlling the severity of acne breakouts.
9. Boosts Immunity
Tea has antibacterial and antifungal properties. A few tulsi leaves in a cup of tea can help the body fight various diseases. A new study says that tea boosts the body’s defenses against infection. Research also shows that blood cells in the immune system responded several times faster in tea drinkers than they did in the blood cells of coffee drinkers.
10. Helps to reduce cholesterol
Tea contains a component called polyphenol which is very helpful in reducing cholesterol levels and has various other health benefits.
11. Refreshes mood
Tea generally refreshes our mood. The component L-theanine present in tea acts as a very good mood booster.
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