Put down that cup of joe and make way for tea because it’s time to get this parTEA started. Coffee’s lesser known cousin, while less coveted as a go-to morning drink, has major health benefits. And once your find your brand and flavor, it’s delicious!

And I’m not the only tea enthusiast out there! TIME Magazine, the New York Times, and Harvard Health Publications all have written about the health benefits of tea. Here are just a few of them:

Tea can…

  1. Increase energy and lead to weight loss. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in most teas  increase the body’s ability to burn fat for fuel, leading to improved muscle endurance and even weight loss.
  2. Lower your risk of heart attack. Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack and possibly help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
  3. Lower your risk of cancer. The high antioxidant levels in tea might help protect against numerous cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers.
  4. Hydrate you. Despite caffeine levels, tea is made with mostly water and thus is incredibly hydrating.
  5. Lower your risk of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological diseases. While taking into account smoking, physical activity, age and body mass index, tea  was associated with a lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease. Polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.
  6. Protect you from UV rays. While it is important to limit exposure to UV (Ultraviolet) rays, green tea can act like a sunscreen in protecting the body from harmful rays.
  7. Aid Diabetics in sugar processing. Tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars.
  8. Strengthen bones. Move over milk, green tea has been found to improve bone density and strength.

Don’t just take my word for it though; find your own cup of tea!

 

Thanks for reading, friends!

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