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The Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Tea

Updated on October 1, 2015
Tea anyone?
Tea anyone?

Information and origin of tea

There are many countries that have tea as their favorite drink or as some fancy and supposedly “class thing”. Tea is not that expensive to buy as long as you know where to buy it. Some vendors will take advantage of what little knowledge the consumer may have towards tea. Most tea plants are native to Asian countries, but no one can tell exactly where tea originated from. The first ever recorded history of the consumption of tea is in China dated back in 10th century BC. And then later this tradition spread to Korea and Japan during the Tang Dynasty. During the 19th century, Chinese began trading tea to Western nations thus spreading the idea of tea drinking and tea plants to numerous locations worldwide. At that time it was called “chá” which is later changed to “tea” in English language.

Tea was spread to Europe during the mid 16th century, Catherine of Braganza was said to have taken an interest in tea which had become a habit and was taken back to Britain. It was during the Portuguese expansion in the 16th century that tea was first imported in Europe. It was marketed as a health drink and was very expensive. Now it is cheaper and plentiful to go around.

There are a lot of different types of tea, but all tea comes from a tea bush called the camellia sinensis. The leaves and leaf buds of this plant is used to produce tea. Different types of tea have different properties of oxidation but they all have similar benefits. Camellia sinensis is native to China and India, but is cultivated now throughout the world in tropical weathered countries.

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What are its beneficial qualities?

  • Metabolism: Tea increases your metabolic rate and helps lose weight. But this only works if you drink it without adding anything specially milk because it can neutralize the fat-burning effect of tea. When it is said that tea can help burn fat, it is not burning ten or twenty pounds in a week. It helps burn fat by increasing your metabolism and adds more weight loss to whatever exercise you do… assuming you exercise. And some researches show that tea also prevents the movement of glucose in fat cells.
  • Heart Disease: Tea is known to lower heart disease by about 20%. Study shows that people that are drinking about three to four cups of tea a day have 20% less chances to get heart disease compared to those that does not drink. The percent increases to almost half by drinking about six cups a day.
  • Cancer: Yes tea can ward off cancer and it does a pretty good job. Researchers found that tea helps slow down cancer growth and is even capable of reversing the effects.
  • Osteoporosis: Bones can be kept strong for those drinking tea throughout their life because of the mineral fluoride that increases the bone density and thus less likely to have osteoporosis.
  • Diabetes: Tea has an effect on insulin which is needed to deter diabetes. Drinking tea can improve the production of insulin in the body by up to 15 times but it still depends on how much you drink. Drinking one cup every other day will not work. You have to religiously drink tea to make it even more effective.
  • Alzheimer’s disease: It has been a problem for many and it has been an increasing issue nowadays. Acetylcholinesterase is the reason for this disease and any drug that can inhibit the acetylcholinesterase will prevent Alzheimer’s disease from happening and tea possesses a chemical that can inhibit the neurotransmitters. This must be one of the greater beneficial qualities of tea, but it does not mean that the other benefits are not as good.
  • Stress level is decreased: Tea can lower the level of stress a person may feel. Stress can come in many forms, and stress can kill if it is not taking cared of properly. The immune system can be compromised by stress and when that happens, it will open a lot of doors for diseases to take up residence in the body.
  • Low Caffeine: Caffeine is low in tea and because some people have problems with caffeine, it makes tea the best source for a drink with all the benefits of coffee.
  • Hydrating: Tea can help keep you hydrated. It was originally believed that drinking anything that contained caffeine dehydrates you because caffeine increases the production of urine or diuretic, but more studies conducted proved otherwise.
  • Antioxidants: Last but definitely not the least, Tea has always been known for its antioxidants, and it helps fight foreign bodies that your system might have issues dealing with, in other words, it boosts your immune system. Technology has advanced so much these days that it has caused so much pollution to the environment, which results to a lot of free toxic radicals being released to the atmosphere. And this can lead to a number of diseases which fortunately tea can actually help. There is this chemical component called catechins found in tea that acts as an antioxidant which helps in majority of its benefits. The benefit that you can find in tea ranges from treating a simple cold to taking care of a bad breath.

Some info on preparations

So technically you can never go wrong with tea since all it is really is a good supplement that nature has to offer. And plus, it is inexpensive, it is available in any grocery store and it is very easy to prepare. Here is a quick instruction on how to prepare it:

  • Boil water
  • Put tea into a teapot
  • Pour the boiling water into teapot
  • Wait till the tea expands and water color changes (the color of the tea will vary depending on the tea leaf used)

Note: Loose tea is the best type to buy compare to teabags or silken sachets. Loose tea is usually more expensive than the others and most of the benefits here refer to loose tea. Almost all benefits refer to all types of tea, black, red, green, etc.

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    • snoblet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dave Rogers 

      6 years ago from New York

      @Denise Handlon Yep, I love tea too, but coffee equally as much. I can't go through a day without either one of them. I'm just glad that they have so much more benefits than other drinks that I don't really touch. Thanks for the comment :) :)

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Interesting hub...and I couldn't agree more. I love tea and would take that over coffee any day. Rated up/U/I

    • snoblet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dave Rogers 

      6 years ago from New York

      @KenWu yeap tea has a good number of benefits and i usually have tea when i eat, i see so many people having a soda and eating at a buffet today, aside from soda being pretty bad, it fills you up pretty fast. thanks for the comment

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      Dave Rogers 

      6 years ago from New York

      @ronpas thanks for the comment, tea is not harmful but some people might find that it keeps them up at night, that's as bad as it gets most negatives vary from person to person so it might be the individuals reaction

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      KenWu 

      6 years ago from Malaysia

      I'm a tea lover but only after reading this hub that I realize tea has so much benefits. Voted up and clicked all buttons except funny :)

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      ronpas 

      6 years ago

      Very nice hub and informative .I normally take six to seven cups a day,is this harmful or not.Thanks(voted up)!!

    • snoblet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dave Rogers 

      6 years ago from New York

      @alancaster149 That is very interesting. I know that the Bristish drank tea on the heavy side but did not know about the sugar and how it was use and the purpose of the tea to counter the sugar. Very interesting and how tea was used but the heavy sugar was probably different than the sugar we have today. How does sugar counter the sun anyway? I never heard of that before.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      6 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Another little 'nugget' for you: British soldiers based in India used to be heavy tea drinkers, 'lacing' their aluminium pint mugs with sugar by the ladle-ful! There was an especially heady brew made by the Army in India called 'Sergeant Major's Tea', concocted with the old maxim 'A measure for thee, a measure for me and a measure for the pot', so concentrated you could stand your spoon in it! The heavy use of sugar was to counter the effect of the sun, the added tea was to counter the intoxicating effect of sugar on the brain in the muggy heat. A friend of mine had an uncle who'd been a sergeant major in the army in the far east. He was the one who told me of the 'brew' that kept them going in the jungle. Each company had an Indian servant, a 'Char-wallah' whose sole duty it was to make tea for the 'lads'. British and Empire/Commonwealth troops in the North African campaign went by the same maxim. Quite a lot of the troops there were from Indian regiments (now Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi).

    • snoblet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dave Rogers 

      6 years ago from New York

      @alancaster149 That legend you mention is interesting, hinking about researching it. That was one lucky emperor if that was the case. I think everyone should drink tea and smile and be peaceful. Well that's how I feel when I drink tea :) and when I mix heavy tasting tea with heavy tasting coffee it just makes me too happy. Thanks for commenting and checking it out. Now I shall research that emperor.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      6 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Tea is a major staple in Britain, supplied largely from Assam in India - although Sri Lanka has also been a great supplier for British drinkers. I read/heard somewhere of a legend that one of the older Chinese emperors was out in his garden, drinking hot water (?) when a leaf fell into his cup from a nearby tree. The result was that the water was infused with flavour from the leaf and tea-drinking was launched.

    • snoblet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dave Rogers 

      6 years ago from New York

      @Prakash Dighe I been drinking tea and coffee as my main beverage for a very long time too and always like to look for the goods in it. Thanks for commenting :)

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      Prakash Dighe 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

      I must have my "cuppa" tea twice a day - been doing it for decades, and cannot do without it! I have the black tea - it is somewhat stronger and tastes better. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dave Rogers 

      6 years ago from New York

      @Lady Wolfs There are other benefits but most of them are pretty similar to coffee. They're both great to drink :) I love them both but they're those drinks you need to drink plenty of and on a long term basis. Thanks for posting :)

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      Lady Wolfs 

      6 years ago

      Nice hub. Great information and health benefits about tea. I enjoy drinking green tea though, I'm sure there are health benefits to many of the other flavors as well. Thank you for sharing.

      Voted up and useful!

    • snoblet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dave Rogers 

      6 years ago from New York

      @ unknown spy thanks for commenting, i still perfer soda during certain times, like when eating out somewhere, i don't drink it much at all but when i do it reminds me of why people like it so much :)

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you for sharing this extra wonderful hub about the benefits that we can get from drinking tea. drink tea instead of sodas.

    • snoblet profile imageAUTHOR

      Dave Rogers 

      6 years ago from New York

      @ livingsta thanks for the comment and guilty should be the last thing you need to worry about with tea. drink up and stay healthy, :)

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      livingsta 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for this hub. Now I do not have to feel guilty while having tea :)

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