Despite its long history of use in Asian herbal medicine, the medicinal properties of the tea plant weren’t scientifically validated until relatively recent years. However, for millennia, the leaves of the tea plant have been used to treat a wide range of health conditions, including:
The health benefits ascribed to the consumption of teas may be related to the high content of bioactive ingredients such as polyphenols. Polyphenols have been reported to possess antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory activities; modulate detoxification enzymes; stimulate immune function and decrease platelet aggregation.
Health benefits of tea:
Although healthy tea alone does not have magical weight loss properties, when paired with a balanced diet and exercise, it can be a powerful tool in weight management. Although its exact mechanism of action is yet to be understood, various clinical studies have demonstrated that green tea extract speeds up the metabolism and helps burn fat.
Tea antioxidants have been shown to repair the damage caused by the high amounts of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), commonly known as ‘bad’ cholesterol. High levels of LDL accumulate on the arteries’ walls, forming plaque and causing atherosclerosis, which results in a restricted blood flow and raises blood pressure. It is commonly known that high blood pressure along with high cholesterol increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.