'Tea for Health' - exactly what does that mean?
As we approach summer with renewed determination to live a healthier lifestyle (well I'm trying!) it's good to revisit some of the well known reported claims about all kinds of tea, their reported health benefits and why it might be a good idea to drink at least 3 cups a day.
10 Reasons to Drink Tea for a Healthier Lifestyle
This list is by no means complete and in true 'X Factor' style, is in no particular order!!
- Tea is 99% water and can be counted as part of your daily fluid intake.
- Tea has been shown to boost your mental alertness.
- Tea inhibits the growth of bacteria that can cause bad breath.
- 3 cups of green or black tea per day can lower your risk of having a stroke by 21%.
- Tea has been shown to protect against various forms of cardiovascular disease.
- Green Tea has been shown to increase exercise endurance.
- Black tea contains about a third of the caffeine of coffee and is absorbed more slowly by the body so you don't get that caffeine rush feeling but instead benefit from feeling more alert.
- White, Green and Oolong teas have been shown to help the body shed abdominal fat.
- Theanine, an amino acid found in tea helps to improve your mood, helps the body and mind relax and reduces stress - without making you feel drowsy!
- Theanine and caffeine both found in tea work together to help improve your concentration - a study found just 4 cups of green tea achieved the profound effect!
Like I said, the above list is by no means comprehensive and there is more research published each week demonstrating the health benefits of tea...so I don't know about you, but I'm off to pop the kettle on and enjoy a nice healthy cup of tea!
Enjoy your tea!
Important Disclaimer - Please read.
The European Food Safety Agency is an independent EU agency formed to complete risk assessment of food and feed safety. As part of their work, they are evaluating the validity of food health claims based on the scientific evidence available. However, the number of health claims exceeded expectations and as such the evaluation process is taking longer than had been anticipated. Whilst all the health information on this site is referenced to any supporting trial data or is stated to be anecdotal where there is none, we must point out that any reported health claims or inferences do not, as yet, appear on the EFSA register as acceptable claims. The information reported will be revised and edited to reflect the EFSA register as and when claims have been assessed. All information about or implied about the health benefits of tea on this site is taken from scientific published information. No health claims are being made or implied by Jenier Ltd. Where the health benefit described is 'anecdotal' i.e. there are no studies or trials known, this has been stated. We aim to report all facts accurately and in a balanced manner. Should you have any concerns about your health and or the effects of drinking any tea or otherwise, please seek professional medical advice.