Drinking at least three cups of tea a day is one of the golden rules listed in my book the Med Life Diet and also one of the health building pillars in creating lifelong health. It is one of the things which I stress time and time again to my clients during our sessions… drink herbal teas ! The health benefits which you receive are immense.
According to the study published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, habitual tea consumption is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease and all-cause death. The favourable health effects are most robust for green tea and long-term habitual tea drinkers.
The analysis included 100,902 participants of the China-PAR project. Participants were classified into two groups: habitual tea drinkers (three or more times a week) and never or non-habitual tea drinkers (less than three times a week) and followed-up for a median of 7.3 years.
Habitual tea consumption was associated with more healthy years of life and longer life expectancy.
For example, the analyses estimated that 50-year-old habitual tea drinkers would develop coronary heart disease and stroke 1.41 years later and live 1.26 years longer than those who never or seldom drank tea.
Compared with never or non-habitual tea drinkers, habitual tea consumers had a 20% lower risk of incident heart disease and stroke, 22% lower risk of fatal heart disease and stroke, and 15% decreased risk of all-cause death.
In a sub-analysis by type of tea, drinking green tea was linked with approximately 25% lower risks for incident heart disease and stroke, fatal heart disease and stroke, and all-cause death. However, no significant associations were observed for black tea.
Dr. Gu noted that a preference for green tea is unique to East Asia: “In our study population, 49% of habitual tea drinkers consumed green tea most frequently, while only 8% preferred black tea. The small proportion of habitual black tea drinkers might make it more difficult to observe robust associations, but our findings hint at a differential effect between tea types."
The researchers suggest two factors may be at play. First, green tea is a rich source of polyphenols which protect against cardiovascular disease and its risk factors including high blood pressure and dyslipidaemia. Black tea is fully fermented and during this process polyphenols are oxidised into pigments and may lose their antioxidant effects. Second, black tea is often served with milk, which previous research has shown may counteract the favourable health effects of tea on vascular function.
Health Benefits of Herbal Tea
Preventing and Treating the Common Cold: Elder berry, Tulsi, Oregano, Peppermint, Ginger, Cinnamon
Improves Digestion, Reduces Symptoms of Indigestion, Bloating and Vomiting: Dandelion, Chamomile, Anise, Fennel, Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppermint.
Boosts Immune System: antioxidants and vitamins found in herbal teas are great for fighting disease and infections. Elderberry, Echinacea, elderberry, echinacea, ginger, and liquorice root tea.
Reduces Inflammation: can greatly help those that suffer from arthritis. Can reduce pain, swelling, and tiredness in joints. Moringa, turmeric and ginger.
Anti-ageing: Doesn’t everyone wish they could look and feel younger? Antioxidants found in herbal teas have shown to aid in slowing down the ageing process. Moringa, Tulsi, Rooibos, Ginger, Rosemary
Relieve Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia: Chamomile, Tulsi, Rose, Rooibos.
Lower Blood Pressure: Hibiscus can decrease blood pressure without any negative side effects due to the chemicals it contains. Always consult your doctor before taking it – if you take blood pressure lowering tablets.
Great for Skin Health and Acne: Calendula, Rooibos and Chamomile. are some of the best teas for treating the skin due to their antioxidants and antibacterial properties. Spearmint tea may also work as it reduces the breakout of acne.
Rooibos tea: has a whole bunch of health benefits. It is great for skin care as it relieves acne and eczema. It also hides the signs of ageing by reducing wrinkles thanks to all the antioxidants. In addition, the calcium and fluoride in rooibos tea make it great for bone health. These minerals reduce the chances of developing arthritis and joint pain. Other benefits include treating headaches, asthma, and allergies.
Peppermint Tea: If you’re experiencing problems with your digestive health, then you should try drinking some Peppermint Tea. This tea helps relieve symptoms of bloating and abdominal gas, as well as relieving muscle spasms. Peppermint can also help treat colds and nausea. However, it should not be consumed for indigestion or heartburn problems. Check out our Organic Moringa Peppermint Tea.
Ginger Tea: Ginger tea is also best for your digestive health. It helps relieve nausea and vomiting like peppermint, however, ginger does treat indigestion, heartburn, and stomach pains. Drinking ginger tea is one of the best natural methods for treating inflammation, due to the gingerol found in the root. Ginger tea is also good for reducing menstrual discomfort, weight loss, and enhances brain function. Try some of our ginger teas.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !