Food Facts - Drinks



Tea is scientifically known as Camellia Sinensis. It is believed that the Chinese were the first to discover the medicinal values of tea and use it as a beverage. They considered it as a tonic which could stop aging, promote youth & vitality and ensured a long life. After it was introduced, it literally made the world go crazy after it. Tea is undoubtedly the most popular beverage in the world and the results of innumerable researches on tea leaves very little scope to doubt its great medicinal values.

The health benefits of tea include the following:

1. Prevents Cancer :
Tea is rich in polyphenols like catechins and some variants of catechins which are very good antioxidants are effective in preventing growth of tumors and cancer, particularly of liver, intestines, prostrate, kidneys, breasts and lungs. The alkaloids like tannin and caffeine present in tea also help inhibiting growth of cancerous cells.

2. Reduces Risk Of Heart Attack and Stroke :
Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep arteries smooth and clog-free. It has also been found that there is 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drinkat least two to three cups of black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers.

3. Anti-Aging Properties :
As anti oxidants in tea can really slow down the aging process by preventing the free radicals (oxidants) from damaging the metabolic, circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems through oxidation. These antioxidants effectively neutralize the free radicals. Tea can also help delay loss of vision, macular degeneration, loosening of muscles etc. induced by aging.

4. Depression and Fatigue :
Tea is a great anti depressant and energizer. The alkaloids, tannin and caffeine, present in tea are very quick and efficient natural stimulants. Drinking tea gives immediate relief in fatigue, stimulates the brain and elevates mood. It is very effective to drive away sleepiness. An amino acid L-Theanine, present in tea, increases alertness of the brain.

5. Boosts Immune System :
Alkaloids like tannin and caffeine, present in tea, are powerful disinfectants and have high anti microbial, anti viral and germicidal properties. Due to this reason tea helps relieving fever and preventing infections. The anti oxidants in tea also strengthen the immune system. Oxalates and polyphenols like catechin and epigallocatechin gallate, present in tea, are also found effective in checking growth of HIV virus.

6. Healthy Gums and Teeth :
Tannin in tea is an alkaloid and has strong astringent properties. If taken without sugar, it neutralizes acids in the mouth and also destroys germs, being alkaline in nature. The astringent part of it fastens the gums firmly on teeth, preventing them from loosening and falling.

7. Diabetes and Metabolism :
Tea stimulates metabolism which results in faster consumption (breaking down) of sugar and lowering of its level in blood. This way it releases energy and also helps diabetic people.

8. Skin and Muscles :
The astringent properties of tea tone up skin and muscles and gives you a younger look.

9. Tea Protects Your Bones :
It's not just the milk added to tea that builds strong bones. It has been found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors which may be due to the work of tea's many beneficial phytochemicals.

10. Other Benefits :
Tea is a stress reliever. It also gives temporary relief in nervous disorders and induces a feel good factor.