Tea is one of the great uniters. There’s no problem or crisis that can’t be solved (or at least abated and eased if not solved) without the help of a cup of tea. However, coffee seems to overtaken as the hot drink of choice for a lot of people. That’s not to say we don’t mind the odd mug of Joe every so often, but really, tea has been an institution for centuries for a reason.
1. Tea is fantastic at hydrating the body and replenishing your fluid intake.
While coffee can do the same, tea has the added benefit of generally being just pure H2O with that awesome tea flavor, meaning that when it’s a scorching hot summer day, it’s much more beneficial to sip down some tea (hot or cold) as it’ll replace any fluids you’ve lost through sweating. It also means that it’s fantastic for your skin and getting it hydrated quicker.
2) Tea has been shown in studies to help reduce the chances of developing certain kinds of cancers.
As to why, the scientific evidence remains a bit unsure, but the fact that tea has been linked to improving your health since legendary Chinese emperor Shennong wrote about it almost five thousand years in an almanac surely means something.
3) Tea will keep you going for longer.
While it’s been commented on that tea has less caffeine than coffee when given in the same amount of servings, this isn’t actually true. Tea has the same amount of caffeine as coffee, and while both are stimulants, coffee has a much bigger depressing effect (not making you sad but reducing your energy levels) than tea, meaning that while both tea and coffee will give you a bigger rush of caffeine, with coffee, the high will also last shorter and drop quicker. If you’re wanting something to keep you going through the work day, tea is the best choice.
4) It’s easier than making coffee.
A churlish note perhaps but one worth noting: in the modern era, it’s much easier to just brew a cup of tea. Place teabag in a cup of hot water, remove after a few minutes, and you’re done. Admittedly the era of instant coffee makes coffee much easier to brew too, but in our world of gourmet coffees, it does seem much easier to plonk a teabag into a mug of hot water and have some instant relief.
5) There are a ton of antioxidants in tea, much more than you’re likely to get in coffee.
Antioxidants are fantastic for keeping your body ticking over and looking and feeling fantastic, hence why a lot of companies have jumped aboard the bandwagon of sticking antioxidants into products. In short, antioxidants keep you looking fresh, feeling great and tea has an abundance of them.
6) Tea can help you shed some unwanted pounds.
Relatively recent research (try saying that five times really quick) has indicated that green tea might be a great aid in helping people who want to lose weight. It might down to the fact that green tea helps kick start your metabolism or simply that tea is a better substitute as a practically calorie-free drink as opposed to downing soft drinks to quench your thirst. Plus you can’t really add much to tea to give it extra calories. Check out your nearest coffee house next time and see how many options there are that can be ultra-fattening to put on top of your coffee.
Green Tea and Matcha
Green tea is one of the most popular types of tea on the market, due in part to its reputation for providing antioxidants and boosting wellness. Matcha, or powdered green tea, is also very popular in health food stores and in wellness communities. According to some sources, one cup of matcha tea provides the benefits of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea.
Green tea and green tea extracts have been widely studied for their potential health benefits. But only some of those benefits are supported by scientific evidence, according to the National Institutes of Health.
According to the Integrative Medicine Database at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, there is limited evidence that tea has any anti-cancer properties. And some studies have shown mixed results. The same holds true for green tea's possible effect on cholesterol and heart disease.
Green tea may have a limited ability to prevent tooth decay, although the theory has not been tested in clinical trials. Some studies have shown that drinking green tea may help you reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure.
The caffeine in green tea may stimulate the nervous system to boost mental awareness and may have some (limited) effect on metabolism.
Side effects of drinking green tea may include nausea and stomach upset in some people. The caffeine in green tea may also cause nervousness and problems sleeping.
Traditional black tea is the most popular kind of tea worldwide. Types of black tea include Earl Grey, Darjeeling, masala chai (when it is blended with other spices), English breakfast tea, and scented black teas like rose black tea and lychee black tea. There are also popular black tea blends such as Lapsang Souchong (a smoky blend), Keemun black tea, and Yunnan black tea. Traditional black tea contains approximately 50-90 milligrams of caffeine per cup.
Like green tea, black tea contains polyphenols including catechins, flavonoids, and tannins. Polyphenols are plant-based compounds that may provide health benefits. Researchers have linked the consumption of flavonoids to important health outcomes, but scientists advise that more research is needed to say for certain if black tea can significantly boost your health.
If you prefer a tea that is slightly richer than black tea, then try oolong tea. You'll get about 30 milligrams of caffeine per cup (less than coffee), although the caffeine in your teacup will vary based on a number of factors, including brew time.
Oolong tea, like green tea, has a reputation as being helpful for weight loss. Some scientific evidence has shown that consuming oolong may help reduce body fat in people who are already overweight or obese. The tea is also believed to have cholesterol-lowering properties and animal studies have shown it to reduce triglyceride levels.
Chamomile is an herbal tea. It does not contain caffeine like black tea or green tea, so it does not provide stimulation in the same manner as those traditional teas. Instead, chamomile is widely recognized as a calming tea.
There is some scientific evidence to support the use of chamomile tea for anxiety and insomnia. There is also some limited clinical evidence that it can help to reduce muscle spasms, although more research is needed to confirm this benefit.
Chamomile tea historically has been used topically as an antiseptic to treat skin ulcers or even to treat hemorrhoids. But no clinical trials have been conducted on humans to prove that it will work.
Side effects from chamomile tea may include redness or swelling in people who are hypersensitive or allergic to the plant (especially those who are allergic to ragweed or chrysanthemums).