One of the widely consumed beverages in the world is tea. People start their day by consuming tea before they begin their daily routine. And dedicating a day to this popular drink, tomorrow i.e. December 15 is observed as International Tea Day. It is widely marked in countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. Tea is not only a refreshing drink but also has several health benefits. Tea is consumed in different ways around the world – some have it black or with milk. One of the popular tea variants among health-conscious people is Green Tea and other herbal teas. To mark International Tea Day 2018, below we tell you the health benefits of tea and its variants.
Several studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, weight loss and brings mental alertness. Teas contain caffeine and theanine which make people more aware. Tea also contains less caffeine than coffee. While tea can be enjoyed throughout the year, winters are the perfect time to enjoy this drink and keep your body warm from within. Below we highlight health benefits of Ginger Tea, Black Tea, White Tea and Green Tea.
Types of Tea and Its Health Benefits
1. Ginger Tea
Ginger root is extremely beneficial for health and nothing beats the cold in winters like a hot cup of ginger tea. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and helps relieving muscle and joint pains. Ginger tea also helps in relieving congestion and the vitamins, minerals and amino acids present improves blood circulation.
2. Black Tea
It contains a group of antioxidants called flavonoids which benefit the heart health. Drinking black tea regularly may help reduce the risk of heart disease including blood pressure and high cholesterol.
3. Green Tea
People consume drink tea as it burns fat and boosts metabolism. Green tea not only keeps you awake but studies have shown that it makes you smarter. The key active ingredient is caffeine which helps in improving various aspects of brain function, elevates mood and memory.
4. White Tea
One study showed that white tea has the most potent anti-cancer properties compared to more processed teas. Because of the high percentage of anti-oxidant properties, white tea can help repair and protect your skin against the effects of ultraviolet light. It also slows down ageing process and reduces the risk of premature aging.
Overall, drinking tea positively affects mental health, protects heart and other organs, fights off illness and diseases and impacts a person’s fitness and appearance. International Tea Day was first observed in 2005 and took place in New Delhi, India. The day aims towards the awareness of tea trade, its workers and growers and fair-trade practices among governments and citizens at a global level.