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Keep Calm and Have a Cuppa: The Health Benefits of Tea

Nothing is ever quite so comforting as a good cup of tea.

Feeling under the weather? Have a cup of tea.

Stressed out about exams? Have a cup of tea.

Overly emotional for no apparent reason? Have a cup of tea.

Brexit? I’ll put the kettle on.

 

A staff room without a kettle and teabags is like a car without an ignition: completely unproductive.The undisputed cure, motivation and ice-breaker for all of life’s little problems, here are just a few of the actual, physical health benefits of a good brew.

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The Health Benefits of Tea.

 

English Breakfast/Builders’ Tea

  • According to the 2003 Journal of Nutrition, drinking English Breakfast tea may help to lower high cholesterol levels. A three-week study with 15 participants found that as many as five servings of Builders Brew per day lowered total cholesterol levels by 6.5 percent.
  • Teas used for English Breakfast brew, such as Assam and Ceylon, are known for their high level of antioxidants. Studies have suggested that these antioxidants can help to lower a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This is due to their positive effect on cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
  • There is a surprisingly high caffeine content in English Breakfast tea, which in reasonable amounts can help to stimulate the brain, as well as the body.
  • The tea plant can readily absorb fluoride from the soil in which it is grown. The black teas that are used for English Breakfast can contain as many as 9 milligrams of fluoride per liter. Fluoride is beneficial to help prevent tooth decay, as long as consumption does not exceed 20 milliliters daily.

 

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Green Tea

  • Green tea contains a lot of catechins, which are a specific type of antioxidant. This helps the body to burn fat, which in turn aids muscle endurance during exercise.
  • The antioxidants found in green tea can also help to improve bone mineral density, which is essential for preventing the onset of osteoporosis.
  • It has also been suggested that going green can help to improve the body’s response to insulin, and on occasion can reduce levels of sugar in the blood. This is crucial for the management and prevention of Type 2 diabetes, where the body has developed a resistance to insulin.

 

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Chamomile

  • The chamomile flower; Matricaria chamomilla, has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This is why Chamomile is an excellent healer, helping to boost the immune system and speed up the body’s healing process.
  • Chamomile is often used to soothe sore tummies, as it raises levels of glycine in the urine. This is a compound that helps to alleviate muscle spasms, which can help to relax tense digestive muscles.
  • The calming effect of Chamomile is a useful sleep-aid, for those struggling with insomnia or restless sleep.

 

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Earl grey

  • The natural therapeutic properties of the Bergamot in Early Grey help to calm the body. Stressed, anxious or overworked? Have an Earl Grey.
  • Both black tea and bergamot contain high levels of flavonoids. These are antioxidants that fight the free radicals produced in the body. By destroying free radicals, Earl Grey can help to keep skin clear, fresh and unblemished.
  • Bergamot can also help to boost the immune system, making Earl Grey an ideal choice to fight off that infection.

 

What’s your tea of choice? Let me know in the comments while the kettle boils!

*Photos courtesy of LattesnLipsticks – she has a much nicer teacup collection than I do. Check out her awesome blog.

 

Comments (2)

  • Has to be Assam for me and must be ‘strong enough to stand a spoon in’ as my grandad used to say!

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    • Haha absolutely! I love this, your Grandad sounds ace!Thanks for reading Victoria 🙂

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