WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 — Tea is the seventh thing that is waiting for you when you open the door. The other six are firewood, rice, oil, salt, sauce, and vinegar. That’s according to an old Chinese saying. A household begins the day with these seven necessities endorsed in Chinese literature.
Without dispute, nobody loves tea more than the Chinese people do. Tea plays an integral part in their lives and is regarded as be more important to life than drinking water.
More than 4,000 years ago, the Chinese people already enjoyed drinking tea. According to legend, Yan Di, an ancient Chinese ruler, is credited with “inventing” tea as a beverage. Trying to find a cure to a poison he had ingested, he managed to preserve his life by sipping a drop of water from a tea tree. The elixir helped him feel invigorated, thus giving birth to the kind of tea we know today.
Considered since ancient times as an herbal medicine, tea continues to provide various health benefits for us today. Back in the Zhou Dynasty, the Chinese used it as a religious offering and ate tea leaves as vegetables during spring and autumn. Later on, tea became a favorite of monks for Zazen meditation.
Today, this Chinese discovery is enjoyed by people throughout the world. Regardless of the season, you, too, can enjoy this healthy beverage today either hot or cold. Better yet, studies have shown that in addition to its refreshing qualities, drinking tea helps improve your health.
When discussing the health benefits of tea, individuals are often referring to loose leaf herbal teas.
Here are five health benefits derived from drinking tea:
Tea contains antioxidants
The antioxidants in tea can give a boost to your health. Research shows that the antioxidants in tea slow down the aging process, thus preventing damage to your body and cells. The key: the antioxidants in tea help neutralize damaging free radicals quite effectively. Some of these antioxidants might even help reduce hair loss.
Tea contains less caffeine than coffee
Traditional tea contains 50% less caffeine than coffee, varying from 20-90 milligrams per 8 fluid ounces. According to nutritiouist Leslie Bonci, owner of Active Eating Advice, that means you can drink tea without negative effects in your nervous system.
Tea reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack
A recent study shows those who drink one to three cups of green tea per day have nearly a 35% reduced risk of stroke and a 20% reduced risk of heart attack. Similarly,those who enjoy more than three daily cups of tea can experience a 32% reduction in their chances of having a heart attack, while helping lower levels of LDL cholesterol in their systems.
Tea is good for your teeth
Japanese researchers reported significantly decreased odds for tooth loss in tea drinkers, according to their 2010 study. The consumption of tea also suppresses the growth of periodontal bacteria, and other studies also suggest that tea may potentially lower the pH level on the surface of teeth.
Tea supports weight loss
Based on a study using tea extracts, there’s supporting evidence that tea can aid in weight loss. However, brewed tea consumed in average amounts may not be directly applicable to these results.
It’s amazing how this simple refreshment can positively affect our body. It’s no wonder that the world still enjoys this marvelous ancient beverage today.
Tea has become an integral part of the culture in numerous countries around the world, with China remaining as the top exporter of this product. Whether you view tea as a medicinal drink or as a pleasant way to spend a late afternoon, there is more than a grain of truth in Lao Tzu’s observation that, “Tea is the elixir of life.”