January is Hot Tea Month, which is fitting because Canadians consume almost 10 million cup of tea each year. Considering the frigid winters that Canada can experience, it is no surprise that so much tea is consumed. Teas not only taste great, but they are beverages that are good for you. They contain bioactive compounds called flavonoids which have been known to possess many health properties.
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Not only does hot tea help to promote weight loss, it also contributes to heart health and feeling alert. This is important because only recently has science discovered that what is good for your heart is also good for your brain. How does this tie into your waistline? When you are maintaining a healthy weight, you are maintaining a healthy heart. Furthermore, some teas, like oolong, help to control blood sugar levels which can be beneficial to those who have Type 2 Diabetes. Green tea aids in metabolizing fats and also helps to stop fatty deposits from building up in the liver.
The tea plant contains an amino acid called L-Theanine, which alters the attention portion of the brain. This has effects on brain waves and leads to a feeling of relaxation with no cause of drowsiness. Specifically, green tea has been shown to aid in relaxation and concentration when focused on tasks, without the jittery feeling that usually accompanies coffee.
The chemicals in tea called polyphenols contribute to a better cognitive performance and working memory. Green tea in particular can help to slow down the decline in brain function related to age. This includes dementia, cognitive impairment, and declining memory. In fact, there is a component in green tea that is being researched for its ability to disrupt the plaque build-up in the brain that causes Alzheimer's disease.
Drinking tea has been shown to reduce the effects of a stressful event. These effects would be shoulder stiffness, fatigue in the eyes, as well as headaches. The study was based on drinking 4 cups of oolong tea every day for a week. Black tea has also been known to reduce stress levels when consumed regularly.
Drinking tea has been linked to higher bone mineral density, reduction in hip fractures, and also the preservation of hip structure in general. Drinking tea regularly can also help to protect against bone loss that occurs after menopause. Through your life, bone tissue is intended to break down, and green tea not only stimulates mineralization to yield bone formation, but it also inhibits the formation of the cells that remove bone tissue.
Science is only just recently backing the advantages that regular tea consumption has, and each year more information is being discovered. It is not too late to take charge of your body, and what’s a better way to make yourself feel better than having a warm cup of tea. Whether you choose oolong, green, or black tea, remember that you are helping your mind as well as your body.
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