We are a nation of coffee drinkers, with an estimated eighty percent of Americans preferring coffee as their beverage of choice. Coffee has been shown to have a number of health benefits, but many people have overlooked the amazing health benefits which can be achieved from drinking tea.
There has been a great deal of research concerning the antioxidants or catechins contained in teas, especially green tea. Drinking tea is believed to provide increased protection for a number of different forms of cancer including breast cancer.
There has also been a study conducted into the reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. The study out of Finland, reported that regular drinkers of tea had a “lowered risk” of Parkinson’s.
Tea can also be beneficial for your skin. It has been shown to fight the free radicals which can cause damage to the skin and body. It is also known to be hydrating despite containing caffeine.
In addition, there is also significant data which has documented that tea may help to protect the skin from ultraviolet rays. While most of us enjoy gaining a tan, the ultraviolet rays can cause damage and premature aging to the skin.
There has also been studies conducted into the speculation that drinking tea can help to lower the risks of metabolic syndrome. The participants of a recent study were tested for their waist circumference and body mass index, which are good indicators for issues with metabolic syndrome.
The participants who “regularly consumed hot tea” were found to have a lower BMI and waist circumference when compared to those who did not consume the beverage. This could in turn reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
So, before you reach for the coffee pot for your morning drink, why not consider a cup of tea. You may be pleasantly surprised by this refreshing drink which offers a whole host of health benefits.