International Tea Day is observed every year on 15th December in India, since 2005. It aims to spread awareness on fair trade practices, better incentives for workers and promote betterment in the world tea economy.
However, many around the world consume tea out of love for the beverage and the many benefits it brings. Here are a few benefits that are associated with tea consumption.
Benefits of tea
Reduced risk of diseases
Green tea has ingredients that have been proven to reduce risk of cancer. EGCG, a compound found in green tea, is an antioxidant that can reduce the risk of certain cancers and improve conditions of those living with skin, lungs, colon and other cancers. Consumption of unsweetened black tea can also reduce blood sugar levels, as increased levels lead to risk of obesity and heart diseases. It also helps reduce the risk of stroke and reduce blood pressure.
Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are known to reduce risk of many diseases and provide a multitude of health benefits. Apart from reducing risk of chronic disease and removing free radicals, they also reduce risk of diabetes, cholesterol and reduce body fat according to a research. This makes tea a healthy alternative to many processed beverages.
Coffee comes with a taste that might bore someone over the years, however, that is not the case with tea. Tea comes with a variety of flavours and their own host of benefits. Green tea is known to aid in weight loss and hydration. Black tea is high in caffeine and may protect lungs from cigarette smoke. White tea has anticancer properties that help reduce the risk of getting cancer. Chamomile tea may help prevent loss of vision and reduces kidney and nerve damage.
Mental health benefits
Tea has helped many remain calm and some prefer a warm cup of tea after a stressful day. Regular tea consumers have a lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenrative diseases. It can prevent and reduce cognitive decline and also helps many in boosting memory. Improved focus can help one perform better in work and many aspects of life, a healthy benefit of tea consumption.
In comparison to coffee, a diuretic substance that dehydrates the body, tea is hydrating. A study found that drinking six to eight cups of tea a day can provide the same amount of hydration as water. Additionally, drinking tea also promotes better oral health and reduce risk of periodontal disease and cavities.