What's in Your Cup of Tea?
There is just something about a cup of tea, isn’t there? The popularity of this beverage is unmatched by any other, except water. Such is the magic of tea leaves brewed to perfection - it can bring people together, it can be a form of self-care, it can lift up your spirits and more. We firmly believe that there is a cup of tea out there for everyone.
Tea is not just a beverage; it is a ritual. Right from picking up the freshest tea buds, to brewing a cup of tea in the comfort of your own home. The gospel of tea has spread far and wide, from the ancient times of 2737 BCE to the present. Even the English language has its own idioms dedicated to tea!
Scientific researchers have been studying the health benefits of drinking tea for years. Of course, some brews provide more benefits than others, but all in all, it is safe to say that a cup of tea a day can keep the doctor away!
The science behind tea
While a cup of coffee is definitely an energy booster, all that caffeine can cause restlessness, insomnia, dehydration and more. Tea combats this with a very special amino acid called L-Theanine, which is found mostly in black tea, green tea and some mushrooms.
A study was conducted to compare 50mg caffeine, with and without 100mg L-Theanine, on cognitive function and mood. The combination of the two improved both the speed and accuracy of the participants, without the “caffeine crash”. L-Theanine has been found to improve mental alertness, cognitive performance and mood.
Want to know what that morning and evening cuppa does for you? Keep reading.
- Tea is heart-friendly
Multiple studies have shown that tea drinking, along with a heart-healthy diet, reduces the risk of heart disease by at least 20%. We have all heard of the term ‘antioxidants’ - well, tea has plenty of it. Loaded with flavonoids and polyphenols, tea has a detoxification effect and protects your cells from the formation of blood clots and regulates your blood flow. It can even help you recover from heart attacks faster!
- Tea could keep you cancer-free
While this particular research is fairly recent (1988) compared to others, the results seem quite promising. Tea consumption seems to have a beneficial effect against several types of cancer. The concentration of the beverage, the brewing time and the temperature of your tea matter as well. Remember - we are not talking about herbal teas or tisanes; we are talking about real good tea brewed to perfection.
- Tea keeps you focused
Ever had a rush with your cup of coffee, or an energy drink, and then hours later crashed and burned? You don’t have to worry about that with a cup of tea! Tea has just the right amount of caffeine and l-theanine to improve your mental clarity and focus, increases your brain activity, and even improves your mood (well, this one was not a surprise to us) - tea is good for your head, plain and simple.
Feel free to experiment with black tea, green tea and white tea - each brew has its own benefits. It is definitely easier than running everyday. In conclusion, drink that cuppa tea guilt-free.