Once upon a time, tea was the drink of choice for little old ladies and children with tummy aches. But through the years the beverage has had a resurgence in popularity and it’s largely due to its health benefits. If you don’t think it’s worth pulling away from your latte, check out these four reasons to drink tea.
WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK TEA
High in Antioxidants
Tea, particularly green, black, oolong and white, are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to rid the body of cancer cell growing free radicals and promote healthy cell turnover. In plainer English, it can help you maintain health and a youthful complexion.
Promotes Bone Health
Milk may have some competition. According to several studies, black and green tea has been found to be beneficial in staving off osteoporosis. Some experts credit the flavonoids and phytoestrogens that tea contains while others point to the bioactive ingredients within leaves.
Good for Your Brain
One study found that sipping green tea increased cognitive performance and working memory. Researchers discovered that the leaf extract improved the brain’s effective connectivity; the ability of one part of the brain to influence the other. Try swapping your energy drink for an iced green tea next time you need to focus. You may find yourself being more productive.
Good for Waistline
Sans milk and sugar, tea is calorie free. Can you say the same for your favorite Starbucks drink? Tea, particularly green tea, can boost your metabolism thanks to epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which works with the caffeine to rev your nervous central system and use stored fat for fuel.