The indispensable cup of tea is not only a great refreshment but also has various health benefits for the teeth, skin, heart, and is even believed to ward off cancer.
New Delhi: In an Indian household, a cup of tea or chai is a staple in the morning, in the evening, when guests are over, when you are tired, or when you are bored. Basically, any time in an Indian household is chai-time. The indispensable cup of tea has been around since time immemorial, and there is definitely a reason for the same. Apart from being a great refreshment, tea has various health benefits for the teeth, skin, heart, and is even believed to ward off cancer.
International Tea Day is celebrated on the 15th of December every year and the fact that a beverage has a day allotted to it in the calendar speaks volumes of its importance. Let's find out how tea helps in improving our health.
Tea and hydration
Tea is a good way to intake the right amount of fluids in the body. It keeps you hydrated as it has a higher content of water than other beverages. The importance of the body staying hydrated cannot be stressed enough, it is important for good skin, good hair, good metabolism, and for all body systems to function properly.
Tea and ageing
Antioxidants are very important as they help in driving out the toxins from the body, slow down ageing, help in the healing of the body internally, and some are even believed to help with keeping cancer at bay. Tea contains antioxidants that can help the body stay healthier for longer if consumed in the right amount and in the right ways.
Tea and stress
Tea contains caffeine that can lower stress and improve short-term memory. Another wonderful characteristic of tea is that it has less caffeine content than coffee and therefore is healthier for the nervous system. Consumption of caffeine beyond the right limit can lead to insomnia, faster heart rate, upset stomach, or restlessness. Tea has considerably less caffeine than coffee and thus is a better choice when you are looking to refresh yourself from a tiring day. Participants in a study experienced a 20% drop in cortisol, a stress hormone, after drinking 4 cups of tea daily for one month.
Tea and cancer
Various studies have reported beneficial effects of regular tea consumption against squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. In a population-based case control study, adjusting for brewing time, the association between squamous cell carcinoma and hot black tea consumption suggests a significantly lower risk in consumers of hot tea compared to non-consumers, said a study published by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, USA. Tea is also believed to reduce the chances of prostate cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer in women.
Tea and heart diseases
Dangerous blood clots can become the reason for a heart attack or stroke and tea helps in preventing such clots. Some studies suggest that black tea drinkers are almost at a 70% lower risk of a heart attack than non-drinkers. Tea also helps in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, both of which if not regulated can become a reason for a heart disease.