The top 10 benefits of Chinese teas

You’ve probably heard time and time again that tea is good for you, but has anyone ever really explained why? We’ve got the lowdown on the health-boosting benefits of Chinese teas. Read on to see what all the fuss is about!1. Green tea is a cancer fighter. Green tea, also known as Camellia Sinensis, has been shown to reduce certain types of cancer and heart disease. Studies have shown that tea may help keep your major arteries clean and clog-free

2. Tea polishes your pearly whites. Unsweetened, natural tea contains fluoride and tannins that may ward off sticky plaque and grime. (Be warned, however, that tea can stain your enamel, so make sure to keep up with your daily dental hygiene routine!)

3. Green tea rejuvenates cells. Chock-full of polyphenols and antioxidants, Green tea curbs oxidation damage to the body’s cells, leaving your body more capable of fighting off infections.

4. White tea boosts blood vessels. The cardiovascular benefits in white tea are somewhat attributed to its high catechin content. The catechin in white tea has been shown to improve circulation and the functioning of blood vessels.

5. Black Tea keeps hearts healthy. Black tea is high in antioxidants and polyphenols, and in a 2001 Boston University study, it was shown to curb the markers for coronary heart disease and vascular obstructions.

6. Tea defends against bone breakage. One study found that over a 10-year period, tea drinkers had stronger bones than non-tea drinkers and were in better physical shape for their age. Scientists behind the study attribute their findings to the high level of phytochemicals in natural tea.

7. Green tea fights fat. Tea has flavonoids and other factors that help increase fat oxidation and thermogenesis, both of which help boost metabolism and lead to increased calorie burning.

8. Tea: Calorie-free since B.C.! Unlike sugar-filled sports drinks and soda that do nothing to quench one’s thirst, decaffeinated tea is a natural hydrator for your body, and it’s extremely low in calories.

9. Tea helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Not only is it delicious, but green, white, and black tea have been shown to stave off the effects of both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

10. Green tea keeps cholesterol in check. People who regularly drank green tea were shown to have more balanced cholesterol levels over a 3-year period. The tea works as a regulator of good and bad cholesterol, helping your body retain what it needs and discard what it doesn’t.

Obviously, drinking various types of tea can be magical for maintaining and fixing your health. Now go boil some water and get working on your health!

Uyen Le is a health consultant who loves gardening & baking, and is a contributing author for

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