According to the UK Tea & Infusions Association, as a country we drink 165 million cups of tea daily, compared to 70 million cups of coffee. We are a nation still dedicated to our brew, and this may well be doing a good thing for our health.
Tea has been claimed to a variety of health benefits, Laura Newcomer describes how ‘researchers attribute tea’s health properties to polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) and phytochemicals.’ She then goes on to describe how tea can improve exercise, reduce the risk of heart attacks, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimers, protect against breast and prostate cancer, and help with weight loss.
Before we get too excited, it is worth noting that these benefits may not affect everyone in the same way. A laboratory cannot accurately recreate how the human body consumes tea, so these results may not be very conclusive. It is also important to note that drinking tea piping hot may well increase the risk of esophageal cancer.
So with that said, here are the health benefits that certain teas may provide.
Black tea may be able to reduce your risk of diabetes, dementia, kidney stones, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and high cholesterol.
Green tea might be able to prevent the growth of certain cancers, relieve stress, headaches and depression, reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and improve cholesterol levels.
Peppermint tea could improve digestion, relieve stress and anxiety, aid with losing weight, reduce pain and nausea, and help the immune system.
Chamomile tea might be able to prolong life for women, reduce anxiety and depression, aid with reducing allergies, PMS and insomnia and is also considered a skincare treatment.
Oolong tea may help to lower cholesterol and blood sugar, improve mental awareness and treat eczema.
Although there is not enough scientific fact to accurately prove any of these claims, American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Katherine Tallmadge describes how “There doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea”. So perhaps don’t expect a miracle cure from your daily brew, but be safe in the knowledge that it could be doing you more good then you thought.