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9 Awesome Health benefits of Drinking Tea

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For centuries, tea has been used as an alternative medicine to treat a number of health problems. There are numerous health benefits of drinking tea, and its benefits go far beyond the current scientific findings.

Tea is, in fact, an aromatic beverage. It has less caffeine than coffee and contains many powerful antioxidants. One of the potent antioxidants it provides is catechin, which is believed to be more beneficial than both vitamin E and C when it comes to fighting off diseases and bacteria, and preventing damages to vital cells.

So, if you don't want to miss these antioxidants from your diet, what you just need to do is drinking a few cups of tea every day. Brew it for at least 5 minutes to release the catechins and other antioxidants, such as flavonoids, and then drink it. 

Oolong Tea
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Oolong teas are packed with poweful antioxidants. They are often used as a natural solution for weight loss.

Health Benefits

1. Improves Brain Function

Regular drinking of tea may improve your memory and cognitive alertness. It contains an amino acid, known as L-Theanine, which relaxes the body without inducing drowsiness. In addition, it has been identified that some varieties of the beverage have a neuroprotective effect and can encourage faster recovery from nerve injury [1].

2. Provides Anti-aging Benefits

The anti-aging potential of white tea is well circulated in the scientific community nowadays. Although it is not yet known how white tea affects the skin, research has shown that people who drink it regularly are more active and agile as they age. In fact, certain ingredients in it are thought to help stop wrinkles and fine lines by making the collagen and elastin of the skin stronger [2]

3. Helps in Weight Loss

Drinking oolong tea has been thought to have a role in weight loss, as it speeds up the metabolism. Devotees of this aromatic beverage claim that the combination of caffeine and the antioxidants helps the body to start burning fat much faster by boosting the metabolism within hours after drinking it. Consequently, experts presumed that the antioxidants such as catechin and polyphenols present in it might influence the fat burning process by blocking the enzymes that cause fat build up [3].

4. Improves Oral Health

Black tea can improve your oral health in many ways. Its two key components, catechins and theaflavins, have been found to prevent plaque build-up around the teeth and stop the development of bacteria in the mouth. These two components are also known to keep the breath fresh, as they inhibit an enzyme responsible for the production of bad breath [4].

5. Enhances Heart Health

Drinking certain teas, particularly black and green teas, can do wonders to your heart. It is reported that these teas increase blood circulation in the body, and thereby cause less plaque build-up around the arteries. The flavonoids present in these teas are also known to have a potential cholesterol lowering effect [5].

6. Relieves Headache Pain

Some experts believe that ginger tea can stop the inflammation associated with headaches just as quickly as an aspirin. They claim that the inflammatory effects of ginger can inhibit the chemicals responsible for swelling up the brain.

You can make a ginger tea by simply steeping a piece of raw ginger root in a cup of boiling water for five to ten minutes.

7. Boosts Sexual Arousal

Drinking ginseng tea is known to improve libido and boost sexual arousal. It provides the body with ginsenosides, compounds known to enhance sexual satisfaction in men and women. 

8. Fights against Cancer

Black and green teas can help in preventing cancer. The thearubigins and theaflavins present in black teas and the polyphenols in green tea are known to have extensive antioxidant property. These chemicals may keep your cells from DNA damage with their significant free radical scavenging activity [6].

9. Keeps Allergies at Bay

If you have allergies, drinking nettle tea can help. It contains some antihistaminic compounds, which can help stop an allergic response in its tracks. It can also help you to deal with other allergic problems, including stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing.

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