Tea is always a popular beverage among the world with its refreshing taste. But its benefits go far beyond refreshment. There is plenty of research showing that drinking tea can improve your health. Let’s point out a few to discuss. 1. Can tea be protective against developing cancers? Tea is one of the richest catechin sources and contains as the major catechin, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has many benefits that could lower the risk of developing cancers, such as rich in antioxidants, help destroy free radicals, restraint organism’s DNA mutation, anti-infectious and antibacterial. According to some recent researches indicating that drinking tea (especially green tea), might help protect against a boatload of cancers, including prostate, skin, colorectal, lung cancers etc.
2. Can tea help with weight loss? According to a research conducted by the Faculty of Medicine in Japan, referring that tea saponin is able to inhibit fat absorption, to prevent the accumulation of fat and help weight control. It is lower in calorie with drinking sugar-free tea instead of other sugary beverages, but only with a low-fat diet could effectively help with weight loss.
3. Can tea fight cavity and bad breath? It is proven that fluoride in tea is able to help dental health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay. Tea polyphenol can also reduce the amount of acid that the bacteria on your teeth produce, which might help fight bad breath.
Though moderate tea consumption is a very healthy choice for most people (excluding pregnant women, peptic ulcer disease, heart disease and renal insufficiency patients), the caffeine and tannin acid in tea might hinder the absorption of iron from plant and calcium. Therefore, exceeding 4 bottles of green tea (500 ml) per day could experience some negative side effects. If you are unsure how much tea you should be drinking, consult your healthcare provider.