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The Benefits of Tea

Tea is kind of a big deal. It has carved itself a little niche in almost every culture, being that, for years and years, it was considered to have both ritualistic and health properties. However, more recently, tea has been overshadowed by its more caffeinated cousin, coffee. However, tea is nothing to laugh at. The health benefits of drinking it are pretty impressive; researchers credit tea’s high amounts of polyphenols and phytochemicals for making it a nutrition powerhouse, or something like that. Below, you’ll find twelve reasons as to why drinking more tea can greatly improve your overall health:

#1: Tea may assist in improving a person's endurance during a workout. Research indicates that the catechins in green tea can potentially help your body to burn fat as fuel.

#2: Drinking tea on a regular basis may be a line of defense for your body when fighting cardiovascular and degenerative diseases, as well as heart attacks and strokes.

#3: Recent research may indicate that drinking tea on a consistent basis may help your body to ward off a long list of cancers, such as esophagus, colon, breast, stomach, ovarian, prostate, small intestine, and certain types of oral cancers.

#4: Tea may potentially assist in warding off free radicals in your body, which can destroy DNA and have been linked to both heart disease and cancer. 

#5: Tea is very hydrating!

#6: Consuming tea can potentially limit the risk of developing Parkinson's Disease, for both men and women. 

#7: Green tea may be a good line of defense against harmful UV rays. 

#8: Tea can potentially help to keep one at a healthy weight and can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome. One study showed that people who regularly consumed tea had an overall lower BMI than those who didn’t drink tea.

#9: Compounds in green tea could potentially help diabetics to process sugar more effectively, thus being beneficial to those with type 2 diabetes.

#10: Certain studies have indicated that the consumption of tea may be helpful to people who are in the process of recovering from cellular degeneration, such as that caused by overexposure to radiation.

#11: Research has also shown that green tea may help to improve your body's bone density and strength.

#12: The polyphenols found in green tea may potentially help to maintain the sections of the brain that are most closely associated with with memory and learning. Therefore, tea may be useful in preventing degenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

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