Tea has several health benefits to be aware of while you're enjoying it - we'll take a look at a few of them here below.
Antioxidants and Cancer
Tea is rich in polyphenols that act as antioxidants and serve to neutralize unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals can contribute to some chronic diseases, aging, and increase the risk of cancer. Green tea specifically has catechins (primarily EGCG) which provides the antioxidant activity, and black tea has theaflavins and thearubigins which also exhibit the antioxidant properties. Green tea has been potentially demonstrated to inhibit growth in skin cancers, and black and green teas have been associated with several potential cancer reduction benefits.
Stress Release and Cognitive Function
Tea can promote a relaxed but alert mental state through caffeine and L-theanine (which is almost exclusively found in tea). With this combination you may also notice an increase in mood and general focus.
Cardiovascular health and Weight Loss
Tea consumption has been associated with the reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Flavonoids in tea may help reduce inflammation, and lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. Some studies have suggested an increase in tea consumption, specifically green tea for its catechins, can lead to reduced body fat.
Tea has many direct and indirect health benefits that have been tested time and time again, and there are many additional benefits aside from just the ones mentioned here. We encourage you to enjoy your tea knowing it's part of a healthy diet and lifestyle!