Tea enjoys worldwide popularity. It is one of the most commonly drunk beverages globally. Did you know that this drink is not only tasty but has umpteen health benefits?
History of Tea
As the story goes, tea was initially discovered by the Chinese emperor in 2737 BC. The emperor was boiling water when a plant’s leaves accidentally fell into the water. He drank the concoction and immediately fell refreshed. Later Chinese and Japanese monks started drinking this beverage to help stay awake as well as meditate. From them it spread across the world.
The scientific name of this beverage is Camellia Sinensis. Genuine tea comes in four varieties – black, green, white and oolong.
We look at reasons why you should drink it.
- Prevents Cancer
This drink contains compounds that fight the onset of cancer. Drinking tea regularly can reduce the risk of contracting cancer. Since cancer is a serious and major disease the simple step of regularly drinking this drink is a welcome treatment option. Moreover, unlike many allopathic drugs drinking it doesn’t have any major side effects.
- Controls Diabetes
Scientific studies have demonstrated that regular consumption of tea staves away the onset of diabetes. If diabetic patients take this beverage, then their blood glucose is controlled. It is advisable to not mix sugar with it so that diabetics reap the complete benefits of drinking it.
- Helps in digestion
This drink mixed with ginger or lemon juice is an old home remedy to cure digestive ailments. So, if you are suffering from an upset stomach, reach out for that glass of ginger or lemon tea.
- Improves focus and concentration
Drinking this beverage drives away sleep, makes you more alert and eliminates fatigue. Students and office goers can benefit from this use of the beverage.
Tea vs Coffee
If you are currently drinking coffee another popular beverage, then you should immediately consider switching to tea. The latter contains a much lesser percentage of caffeine than coffee. Caffeine has been scientifically proven to be not good for health. It has side effects such as anxiety and heart palpitations to name a few.
A final word of caution. Don’t consume excessive amounts of this beverage. As with other food and beverages it is best consumed in moderation. If you or someone you know has experienced health benefits by drinking this beverage, please share it with us.