There is plenty of research showing that drinking tea can actually improve your health.
No matter what the season, tea is a tasty beverage that can be served hot or over ice. Zealong Tea’s benefits go far beyond refreshment.
Zealong tea is 100% organically grown and handpicked in the stunning fields of Waikato, New Zealand. Clean air, fertile soils, warm sun and cleansing waters are the key ingredients required to produce Zealong tea’s distinctive award-winning taste.
Zealong tea is naturally good for you. All tea is good for you, we have compiled a list of recent scientific study results, so you know just how good it is.
Green tea is rich in catechins. Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. These powerful chemicals speed up fat burning as well as reduce stress and heavy metal consumption due to the cell repair compounds found within. Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure.
Oolong tea is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which include theaflavins, thearubigins and Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). These beneficial compounds account for oolong tea’s positive effects. Another beneficial component in it is L-theanine, an amino acid with relaxing properties. The l-theanine and flavoids found within aged tea aid in digestion after meals by acting like a sponge and accelerate the metabolism.
Black tea contains complex flavonoids, which are polyphenols that aid in disease prevention. A single cup of black tea contains an average of 200 mg of flavonoids. The flavonoid polyphenols in black tea known as thearubigin and theaflavin act as especially powerful antioxidants. The polyphenols in tea help neutralize harmful free radicals, which can cause significant damage to the skin and accelerate the aging process.
The guide to Zealong Tea’s health benefits
- Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.
- Tea is hydrating to the body (even despite the caffeine) and at Zealong our tea is naturally lower in caffeine when compared with others on the market, this is because New Zealand doesn’t have the same bugs and insects as other tea growing countries.
- Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack. Tea might also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
- The antioxidants in tea might help protect against a boatload of cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers. Tea is not a miracle cure, and we always advise to seek medical support when feeling unwell.
- Tea helps fight free radicals. Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity (“ORAC” to its friends), which is a fancy way of saying that it helps destroy free radicals (which can damage DNA) in the body. While our bodies are designed to fight free radicals on their own, they’re not 100 percent effective — and since damage from these radical oxygen ninjas has been linked to cancer, heart disease and neurological degeneration, we’ll take all the help we can get.
- Drinking tea is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. When considered with other factors like smoking, physical activity, age and body mass index, regular tea drinking was associated with a lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.
- Tea could keep waist circumference in check. In one study, participants who regularly consumed hot tea had lower waist circumference and lower BMI than non-consuming participants. Scientists speculate that regular tea drinking lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome (which increases the risk of diabetes, artery disease and stroke), although it’s important to remember that correlation does not equal causation.
- Tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars.
- Tea can help the body recover from radiation. One study found that tea helped protect against cellular degeneration upon exposure to radiation, while another found that tea can help skin bounce back postexposure.
- All tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.
- Tea might be an effective agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, especially degenerative diseases (think Alzheimer’s). While many factors influence brain health, polyphenols in green and oolong tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.
- Tea contains amino acid L Theanine, this can cross the blood–brain barrier, theanine has reported psychoactive properties. Theanine has been studied for its potential ability to reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood and cognitive performance in a synergistic manner with caffeine.