A daily cup of tea may avert severe cardiovascular disease, protecting you from stroke, heart attack and related ailments.
Here at home (Kenya) tea has long been marketed as a healthy beverage although many just take it as a routine daily drink. It is said to prevent nightmares and cure fevers as well as headaches.
A recent study found that people who drank one or more cups of tea a day had a 46 per cent lower risk of developing severe heart disease, and the risk was reduced by 69 per cent for those who drank four or more cups a day.
The tea study was designed to examine the association between tea drinking and the development of atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the coronary arteries that can lead to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and other serious cardiovascular diseases.
Results suggest that tea drinking had a protective effect against the development of severe atherosclerosis.
In recent months, the Kenya Tea Development Authority has launched a campaign to encourage Kenyans to take more tea by outlining the health benefits derived from tea in comparison to soft drinks.
Types of Tea and health benefits:
1) Green Tea:
- Its antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic and colorectal cancers.
- It prevents clogging of the arteries,
- burns fat,
- counteracts oxidative stress on the brain,
- Reduces risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases,
- reduces risk of stroke
- improves cholesterol levels
2) Black Tea:
- may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke,
- may reduce risk of stoke
3) White Tea:
- One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
Questions still remain on how long tea needs to be steeped for the most benefit and how much of it you need to drink, nutritionists agree any tea is good tea. Although they prefer brewed teas over bottled to avoid the extra calories.
Teas are chock full of flavonoids and other healthy goodies.
You now have new reasons to drink tea.