Even in its earliest days, tea was believed to have medicinal qualities. Monks lauded tea for its ability to aid in thinking and promote wakefulness. Ancient philosophers claimed it was a crucial part of the “elixir of life”. As time and knowledge have grown, tea’s healthy benefits have become better understood.
Black tea has about a third of the caffeine as coffee and green tea has less caffeine than a bar of dark chocolate.
For starters, the caffeine in a cup of tea is absorbed differently than other beverages. As a result, tea can boost your energy levels without bringing on the “crash” of coffee or energy drinks.
Tea is an antioxidant powerhouse known to boost the immune system, prevent cellular damage and reduce the cholesterols that cause cardiovascular disease. EGCg, another antioxidant found in tea, is known to accelerate the recovery of heart cells after a stroke or heart attack and may aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s.
Tea is also chock full of vitamins, including the age-defying vitamin E and the bone-building vitamin D. Recent studies have shown that green tea can help you burn off stubborn body fat, while herbal teas are known to aid in digestion and headache relief.
The benefits of drinking tea go beyond health. Sitting down to enjoy a hot cup of tea with friends has been a well-loved tradition for hundreds of years. Tea sparks conversation and encourages us to spend time investing in relationships we truly care about. Tea can ignite our sense of discovery, excite our palates and send us on a hunt for a new, exciting blend. From the warmth of the cup in your hands to the delicious smells of the rising steam, tea is one of those simple pleasures you can always count on.