January – a time for new beginnings and a fresh healthy start – perfect for National Hot Tea Month. It’s cold outside and a hot cup of tea can warm up your resolve and your body.
In honor of National Hot Tea Month, we’ve compiled these eight health benefits of drinking hot tea:
- Enhances your eye health: Thanks to the antioxidants found in green and white teas, you can improve your eye health and help prevent serious eye-related complications, like cataracts and glaucoma, just by sipping a hot cup.
- Reduces your risk of stroke: Research shows that drinking at least three cups of green or black tea each day can lead to a 21% reduction in your risk of stroke. The findings concluded that catechins, a chemical compound found in green and black teas, have stroke-reducing effects on the vascular system.
- Sharpens your memory: Drinking hot tea regularly can keep your brain in tip-top shape. Studies suggest that the minimally-processed green tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis bush help boost cognitive functioning, including the working memory.
- Prevents tooth decay: You may be surprised to learn that a cup of black tea each day can reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease. Research shows that enzyme-rich compounds can prevent plaque and bacteria from forming on teeth and gums.
- Improves your digestion: Herbal teas, like chamomile, mint, rosemary, and lavender, can improve your digestive health. The infusions and mixtures of herbs can be an effective treatment for gas, indigestion, constipation, and other digestive symptoms.
- Reduces your blood pressure: If you are searching for a natural way to reduce your blood pressure, look to the plant-based antioxidants, called flavonoids, found in green or oolong tea. Research shows that drinking just a half-cup of antioxidant-rich green or oolong tea each day can reduce high blood pressure risk by almost 50%.
- Strengthens your immune system: A stronger immune system can protect you from the cold, flu, and other illnesses. One way to give it a boost is to take in the powerful antioxidant blend found in green or chamomile tea as part of your everyday routine.
- Curbs stress and anxiety: Drinking hot tea has a naturally calming effect. Enjoying a cup requires us to sit, slow down, and relax – all of which are natural weapons against stress and anxiety. The key to feeling stress- and anxiety-free is to go for caffeine-free herbal teas, such as peppermint and passionflower.
Whether it’s sipping on a cup of green tea to improve your eye health, chamomile to strengthen your immune system, or an herbal mint to alleviate digestive issues, there’s no denying the immense health benefits of drinking hot tea. New year means new teas! Our Maud's Tea Variety Pack has a delightful selection of flavors and blends for everyone! Our gourmet tea collection features three different green teas, an all-spiced chai, soothing chamomile, cooling peppermint, classic earl grey, and a robust and rich breakfast blend. So what’s keeping you from indulging in these delicious blends and improving your overall health? Pour up a cup and share the gift of tea!
(Article excerpt from Captel.com)