Five Reasons To Drink Tea Every Single Day

Americans spend more than $30 billion dollars on supplements each year, trying to become as healthy as possible.  While there isn’t much research to support the health claims these supplements make, there is a vast body of research to support the health benefits of a relatively inexpensive, and readily available, beverage:  Tea!

White, green and black tea all come from the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference is in how the leaves are aged, fermented and/or dried.   It’s important to note that herbal “teas” aren’t technically tea at all. They’re more accurately called tisanes, and they don’t offer the same benefits that tea leaves do.

The lighter leaves (white or green tea) tend to have more nutrients since they’re less processed.  Most researchers agree that three cups a day is a good goal.

Here are our five favorite reasons to drink tea every single day!

Tea Is Good For Your Brain.

In the short-term, tea has been shown to improve memory, calm anxiety and enhance concentration.  In the long-term, tea has been shown to be protective against Parkinson’s Disease and age-related dementia.  

Researchers think tea helps your brain through two mechanisms.  First, tea contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  Second, tea helps regulate and improve the efficiency of neurotransmitters.  

So whether you’re working on an important project today or hoping to enjoy neurologic health in your later years, do yourself a favor and steep a healthy pot of tea.

Tea Is Good For Your Weight.

Tea contains a catechin called EGCG, a natural compound that regulates blood sugar, improves fat metabolism, and acts as a mild appetite suppressant.  All of these effects work together to help maintain an efficient metabolism and a healthy weight.

Tea is also good for weight control because it’s a healthier beverage alternative to sugary soda, alcohol, and other calorie-dense drinks.  When you choose tea over less healthy options, you save hundreds of calories a day!

Tea Is Good For Your Bones.

Tea contains a bioactive compound called polyphenol, which has been shown to increase bone mineral density, decreasing the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.  In studies done in postmenopausal women around the world -- including the U.S., Australia, Japan, and Denmark -- women who regularly drank tea had stronger bones than their counterparts.

Tea Is Good For Your Teeth.

If you want to prevent plaque and cavities, pour yourself another cup of tea!  It turns out, tea helps improve your dental health for a few reasons. First, tea contains a compound that helps fight harmful bacteria that cause oral infections.  Tea also helps dissolve the cells that accumulate to form plaque. And last but not least, tea changes the pH in your mouth, reducing acid that erodes the enamel of your teeth.

Tea Is Good For Your Lifespan.

Because tea’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatories help prevent so many diseases -- like cancer, depression and cardiovascular disease -- people who drink tea every day have a longer life expectancy.

So whether you prefer white, green or black tea, iced or hot, keep filling up your tea cup and drink your way to a long, healthy life!

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