5 reasons why drinking breakfast tea is scientifically good for you
Tea has been around for yonks, but it can do much more than just perk up your morning commute. So if tea is the only thing that will perk you up in the morning, throughout the day and well into the night, worry not – because here are five great reasons to drink more of it.
1. IT CAN DE-STRESS YOU (AND KEEP YOU LOOKING YOUNG AND TRIM)
A recent study by UCL suggested tea may make your cortisol levels – the stress hormone that contributes to belly fat and makes your skin age quicker – spike less. The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, found that people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a fake tea substitute. Furthermore, the study participants – who drank a black tea concoction four times a day for six weeks – were found to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood after a stressful event, compared with a control group who drank the fake or placebo tea for the same period of time.
2. IT CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART ATTACK AND STROKE
A researcher at the Boston University School of Medicine conducted a study of 70 people with coronary arteries that were at least 70 percent blocked. After drinking black tea (English breakfast tea is a black tea blend) instead of other beverages for four weeks, blood vessel functioning improved by nearly 50 percent, leading Dr. Vita to conclude that drinking tea can prevent or reverse some types of artery diseases and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. They concluded that this is because tea’s concentration of flavonoids, plant compounds that behave as antioxidants, prevent the formation of plaque in artery walls.
3. IT CAN PREVENT CANCER
Drinking English breakfast tea might also keep cancer at bay. Researchers at Rutgers University identified a compound in black tea known as theaflavin-3′-monogallate, or TF-2, that caused colorectal cancer cells to destroy themselves without harming normal cells. In addition, they found that TF-2 suppressed Cox 2, a gene that is often associated with colon cancer.
4. IT CAN INCREASE YOUR MEMORY, FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION
Got a big presentation coming up? Drink a cup of tea before you head into the boardroom. Extensive research has shown that the combination of caffeine and L-Theanine, a naturally-occurring amino acid found in tea, improves reaction time and memory, while increasing focus and concentration.
5. IT CAN LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL
Want to lower your cholesterol? Drink tea. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that black tea consumption may help lower cholesterol levels in high-cholesterol adults. The study, conducted on 15 people over the course of three weeks, found that five servings of black tea per day lowered total cholesterol levels by 6.5 percent.
Article from standard.co.uk/lifestyle