Tea has been an important beverage for thousands of years and has been a huge part of the culture in countries around the world, forming major parts of ceremonies, trade routes and even starting revolutions. But tea isn’t just appreciated for its good taste and worldwide appeal, it also offers numerous health benefits.
According to the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc., the number of Americans who will drink tea today is over 158 million, about half the U.S. population. And, the trend of increased consumer purchases of tea is expected to continue over the next five years.
Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; encourage weight loss; lower cholesterol, and bring about mental alertness. Tea also appears to have antimicrobial qualities.
- Tea contains antioxidants – Teas of all varieties contain high levels of antioxidant polyphenols that can help keep your body healthier and some studies suggest even ward of some cancers.
- Tea has less caffeine than coffee – Tea can provide the pick me up of coffee but without the high levels of caffeine making you less jittery and helping you get to sleep when you want.
- Tea helps keep you hydrated – Tea has been shown to actually be more healthy for you than water alone in some cases because it hydrates while providing antioxidants.