Want to make someone look at you like you’re from another planet? Admit you don’t drink coffee. It works every time. While I never managed to acquire a taste for coffee, I love tea. Not only does it taste good and give me a little caffeine boost, it’s got some fantastic health benefits.
Weight loss wonder
Did you know that simply drinking tea is a mini workout? Sipping this beverage can help you burn an extra 100 calories a day according to Medical News Today. Scientists have discovered the combination of caffeine and polyphenols that occurs in tea revs up fat oxidation and energy burn, making it easier to maintain or lose weight. That may be why tea drinkers generally have less body fat, smaller waist-to-hip ratios and lower body mass indexes than their peers who steer clear of tea.
It’s common knowledge that the caffeine in our coffee, soda and tea perks us up and increases alertness. But, tea does more for the brain than wake it up. WebMD reports tea reduces the risk of stroke and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Plus, theanine, an amino acid most commonly found in black and green tea, seems to slow the memory decline that so often comes with age, according to The Tea Association of the USA.
The American Cancer Society reports that cancer causes one out of every four deaths in the United States. With odds like that, taking preventive steps just makes sense — especially if prevention can be as simple as taking a drink of tea. Research suggests that the antioxidants and flavonoids in tea may prevent or slow the growth of several cancers, including breast, lung, skin, ovarian, liver, prostate, pancreatic, bladder, stomach and colorectal cancer, according to Time.
Want to keep your ticker ticking? One study found that people who drank a cup of black tea a day slashed their heart attack risk almost in half, according to The Tea Association of the USA. Other studies have shown drinking tea can reduce bad cholesterol, lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and shrink a person’s likelihood of having a stroke.
There’s also a solid case for tea supporting bone health by actually bettering both bone strength and quality. Medical News Today reports that one study found regular tea drinking was associated with a reduced risk of hip fracture of nearly 30 percent.
Tea comes with great taste and the possibility of substantial health benefits. I normally brew at least one pot a day, savoring it as a warm wake-up call with my breakfast and then drinking it chilled later on. Personally, I like knowing I’m making my taste buds happy and my body a little healthier.