Health Benefits of Tea


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For as long as I can remember, I have always been a huge tea drinker. I'd drink it with breakfast, before bed, or just curl up with a book and a hot mug of green tea on a rainy day. When I would be sick, my mom, a huge fan of natural home remedies, would always tell me to be sure I drank my honey-ginger tea so I could feel better. Of course, I was never actually sure that tea had health benefits, but after looking around on Google, I found that it actually might!tea.jpg

Now when I talk about tea here, I'm talking real herbal tea, not the sugar-filled iced tea that you might get from a vending machine, or at the grocery store, or the sweet tea at McDonald's (although I must say it is pretty delicious).
Chamomile tea is a great example of an herbal tea. For a long time, it has been considered to be soothing. Whenever I'd have a stomachache, or trouble sleeping, my mom would brew up some chamomile tea to help me feel better. According to Science Daily, The US Department of agriculture funded scientists in Boston to look into evidence of the health benefits of drinking herbal tea. When these scientists reviewed past studies on the bioactivity of chamomile, they didn't find any human trials that examined the calming effect. What they did find, however, was that chamomile had effects far beyond sedation, with test-tube evidence that chamomile tea has moderate antimicrobial activity and significant antiplatelet-clumping activity! Antimocrobial activity means that chamomile may have the ability to inhibit the growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, or protozoans. This is significant because this means that drinking chamomile tea may help fight against somewhat harmful or very harmful bacterial infections. Antiplatelet activity means that chamomile may have agents that help prevent blood clotting. This could also be extremely significant, because blood clotting leads to illnesses such as heart attack and stroke, which means that drinking chamomile tea may prevent these illnesses! 

Chamomile tea isn't the only tea that may have benefits, according to these researchers. In test tubes, they found that peppermint has been found to have "antimicrobial and antiviral activities, strong antioxidant and anti-tumor actions, and some anti-allergenic potential." Also, based on a human clinical trial, they reported that "drinking hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults." 
There have also been claims that drinking green or black tea can help prevent cancer, lower the risk of Parkinson's disease, and even lower a person's risk of cardiovascular disease, according to health.com
Although more in-depth research needs to be done, and more hard evidence needs to be found before these benefits can be more widely accepted, the benefits of tea do look promising. So if you enjoy a hot brewed cup of tea once in a while, keep it up! Not only is it warm and delicious, but you also may be benefiting your health! 

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I love tea too and knew it had a few great things in it for your health but didn't realize the extent! I found this article on WebMD about other health benefits of tea and a few things to look out for as far as ingredients and different brands.

I love tea, i feel as though people are finally getting the memo about it and reaping its benefits fully. Its for sure a lot better than coffee. Amongst brands there are also a lot of different types of tea such as herbal which contains usually no caffeine and also oolong teas which can become a healthy part of your diet. There is a store in my mall back home called Teavanna, heres the link to it where you can check out a bunch of different types and how they help your body

I love tea, and I am happy to see there are more health benefits than I had realized

Kathleen, I loved your post on green tea! I actually had some this morning and quite frankly after reading this post I feel like I ordered the right thing! I found the same article on WebMD as Cecelia, but what I thought was interesting about it was that it mentioned some of the health benefits may be influenced by the lifestyle choices of the types of people that drink green tea. In the article, Dr. Nieca Goldberg, says that people who consume green tea daily also tend to eat a lot more fish and soy protein.

I really appreciate that you noted that more in-depth research needs to be done on the topic. I've read plenty of articles about the health benefits of tea in all sorts of magazines, but as with many other health-related topics, it's difficult to have clinical trials show the impact of incorporating tea into a person's everyday diet.
I think one of the most interesting parts of your blog is the fact that tea appears to have a positive impact on a wide variety of body systems. You touched on this by saying certain teas had a positive impact on blood pressure and stomach aches, but this article in Health magazine discussed the positive effects of tea on the brain and cancer prevention! Thanks for posting such a thought-provoking article. I liked how much it could be applied to our everyday habits.

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