In the past two years, scientists have conducted more than 30 studies on the health benefits and disease-fighting properties of tea, with nearly 1 million participants. That’s a lot of research!
I’ve culled the findings below into several overall benefits. So put the kettle on and discover the health benefits of tea!
Overall Health Benefits of Drinking Tea
Tea contains powerful antioxidants that help reduce and repair free-radicals in our body. Free-radicals are the molecules that cause inflammation and can lead to diseases such as cancer. By choosing white and green teas, you’ll be providing your body with beneficial flavonoids, the natural chemical compounds that help neutralize free-radicals.
Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease.
Black tea has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, while green tea has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Green tea has the highest amount of polyphenols. Polyphenols are particularly powerful in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and osteoporosis.
Some studies have found that tea may help you lose weight and reduce belly fat. The most effective weight-loss tea is green tea because it is high in catechins – antioxidants that can boost your metabolism and increase your body’s ability to burn fat.
Multiplied benefits with Matcha.
If you want to maximize the health benefits of tea, Matcha tea is the powerhouse!
Made from baby green tea leaves ground into a powder, Matcha tea has the nutritional equivalency of 10 cups of green tea! Both green tea and Matcha tea are high in antioxidants, but Matcha has more catechin polyphenols than regular green tea so you get more of the disease-fighting and metabolism-boosting benefits.
A recent study (NIH) shows that the combo of phytochemicals, L-theanine and caffeine in Matcha (and green) tea improve mood and reduce brain fog. L-theanine is an amino acid known for its calming effects and at the same time, promotes alertness and steady energy.
And as if all these benefits weren’t enough, the ritual of simply making a cup of tea has a calming, relaxing effect for many people! I hope you enjoy the Matcha tea recipes.