Surprising benefits of drinking tea
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Surprising benefits of drinking tea

Here are more reasons to enjoy a cup of tea this winter!

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Nothing beats a hot cup of tea on a cold winter day. Tea is one of the most loved hot beverages. Not only is it delicious, but it has been found to have many health benefits.


“Tea is the English translation of the world Te, Cha and Chai. It refers to one plant and one plant only, Camellia Sinensis. Anything not part of this plant is not tea,” says tea expert Jessica Bonin, the founder of Lady Bonin's Tea.


“Camellia Sinensis has many incredible benefits. It, in fact, started as a medicine, before it was consumed as a beverage, it would be eaten. When it was taken up as a beverage ancient Chinese doctors found it to provide even better benefits than when it was eaten,” says Jessica.


“Tea contains a high amount of flavonols and flavonoids, antioxidants and L-theanine with is a powerful antioxidant and adaptogen,” says Jessica.


She adds that “tea has the ability to increase neural activity which induces focus as well as offset the effects of stress. It simultaneously calms and focuses you. Because it is an adaptogen it also provides more oxygen to your cells which gives you energy.”


Although tea contains caffeine, Jessica says “the caffeine in tea does not stimulate your adrenal glands meaning no peak and crash due to cortisol release. That means sustained energy with none of the side effects.”


Jessica says other tea health benefits are: “Antioxidants and Amino Acids, boosts skin health, boosts oral health, decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, assists in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's, cancer prevention and diabetes prevention”.


Disclaimer: Health-related information provided in this article is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems. It is always advisable to consult with your doctor on any health-related issues.


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