Here’s another great health gift from the garden of the Earth--tea!
Green tea, white tea, black tea, and oolong tea all come from the Camellia sinensis plant which is native to China and India.
So while most of us are not able to walk into our backyard home gardens and pick our own tea leaves to brew a fresh hot cup, we can give thanks that our local stores do offer a good supply of tea varieties to choose from.
Here are a few things that I’ve learned about this amazing health food from the articles I’ve read and the research data I’ve seen online in sites such as webmd.com.
The teas are high in their content of antioxidants, called flavonoids, much more so than even some highly touted fruit juices such as orange juice and pomegranate juice.
In numerous other articles on GardenVoice, we’ve talked about the value of foods that are rich in antioxidants that help guard against the free radicals in the body which can contribute to a number of health issues including cancer and heart disease.
And while these teas do contain caffeine, the level is much less than in a comparable serving size of coffee, and the caffeine and theanine in the tea appear to heighten mental alertness rather than causing the caffeine jitteriness often associated with coffee consumption.
Drinking several cups of green tea daily has been shown to lower cholesterol levels in the body.
If you’re looking for something else to help with weight management, studies have shown that daily consumption of tea can produce reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol that contributes to belly fat.
Much talk and advertising claims for today’s over-the-counter medications are about anti-inflammatory products, since so many common ailments such as arthritis and other joint problems are attributed to inflammation.
Daily consumption of tea can help lower levels of inflammation. Why not drink tea and relax rather than seeking out more pharmaceutical products and drugs to alleviate your symptoms!
One study has even shown that tea acts on the brain theta waves to improve memory and increase attention span.
Reduced risk of dementia and stroke, healthier skin--the list goes on with the numerous health benefits derived from the daily consumption of tea.
Try several kinds of tea to see what appeals to you most in terms of taste, and enjoy the goodness and good health you receive from these humble plant leaves!