Tea is one of the world’s most popular drinks and it makes up around 20% of the world’s total consumption of beverages.
It became known in the western world between the 16th and 17th century but its use dates back to Ancient China where it was initially seen as a medicinal drink.
This means that its beneficial properties were already acknowledged millennia ago. This can help us answer the question: why is tea good for you?
Tea and Antioxidants
One of the main beneficial properties often associated with tea is its high antioxidant content.
Antioxidants are very important for our health because they are very effective in fighting off free radicals, that is, unstable molecules that can damage our cells.
Oxidative stress happens when our body is not able to remove free radicals. It has been associated with a number of conditions, such as various types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, neurological diseases, arthritis, and rheumatism,
The link between free radicals and these conditions has been shown by many medical studies. Click here to read one of such studies.
Drinking tea regularly can help us counter the negative impact of free radicals by increasing the level of antioxidants in our bodies.
Green tea tends to be much richer in antioxidants than black tea and is a very popular beverage among those who actively pursue a healthy lifestyle.
It can also be a very enjoyable and tasty drink. Our Solaris Green Tea Chai has a slighter spicy note compared to other green teas, which is obtained by adding cardamon, alongside a blend of star Anis, lemon peel, orange peel, and whole cloves.
White tea is less known than green tea but it’s even richer in antioxidants and it’s one of the best supplements you can add to your diet.
Our Organic White Tea Chai is a high-quality, first-flush tea. It is low in caffeine and it is hand-blended with freshly crushed herbs, which creates a distinctive and pleasantly inviting blend.
The Anti-inflammatory Properties of Tea
Antioxidants are also associated with anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that drinking tea regularly may also be effective in reducing the pain caused by inflammation, as well as preventing or fighting diseases that are caused by it.
A study published in 2012 focused on the anti-inflammatory effects of green tea and black tea. It found out that green tea has a higher anti-inflammatory effect, which could be due to its higher flavonoids content.
Tea as an Alternative to Coffee
Coffee is the most popular energy-boosting drink, yet excessive consumption of caffeine can also cause nervousness, jitteriness, and other side effects.
A study published in 2013 also found out that some people can develop caffeine addiction and addiction may be unable to reduce or stop its consumption even after becoming aware of the possible negative effects on their health.
Generally, it is considered unhealthy to drink more than 400mg of caffeine per day.
Green tea usually contains less caffeine than both coffee and black tea. It is a good choice if you want to enjoy the energy-boosting properties of caffeine without risking excessive consumption.
If you are looking for a healthy beverage that is entirely caffeine-free, then Rooibos Tea is probably the best choice.
Our Organic Rooibos Cacao Chai in Biodegradable Pyramid Teabags is a quality blend of South African Rooibos and carefully chosen Cacao Peel and Oriental Spices that further accentuate its natural flavor.
You can enjoy the benefits of a whole leaf infusion in the convenience of an individually wrapped, 100% biodegradable, silken tea bag.
If you are not a fan of teabags, you can also enjoy Solaris Rooibos Cacao Chai in its Loose Leaf Edition.
Green Tea against Weight Loss
Some studies also indicate that including green tea in your diet can help you lose weight.
A study published in 2012 involved overweight adults with a body mass index of 25 or greater who were split into two groups. Results showed a mean difference in weight loss in favor of green tea preparations over control.
Another study published in the International Journal of Obesity analysed the effects of catechins (natural antioxidants contained in green tea and often associated with weight loss) and found out that factors such as caffeine intake and ethnicity may have an important role. High habitual caffeine intake was shown to inhibit the effectiveness of catechins in weight loss. Moreover, the positive impact of catechins on weight loss was higher in Asians compared to Caucasians.
While these studies don’t allow us to reach a conclusive scientific verdict, there is a strong indication that consuming green tea may have significant weight loss benefits.