Tea Time

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Who can forget having that refreshing cup of piping hot tea on mornings when you didn’t feel like getting out of bed? Or burning the midnight oil to finish off some pending office work, with that jug of hot tea for company, keeping you awake? And there is always that cup of ginger tea, a perfect cure for your sore throat!

But today, the consumption of tea has lost its charm and has become shrouded by many misconceptions. A recent survey revealed that although tea is the most popular beverage, 77 percent of those surveyed considered tea to be unhealthy and the root cause of various ailments. Also, about 61 percent of the respondents considered tea as a drink meant for the elderly.

A common query in the minds of people is whether tea is good for our heart. Elaborating on the benefits of the beverage for the human heart, a cardiologist says, “Individuals consuming three to four cups of tea every day are likely to lower the risk of getting an Ischemic stroke by 21 percent. Also, flavonoids in tea, which are known to improve vascular dilation, are instrumental for proper functioning of the heart. Further, tea can be considered to be a super food and has several health benefits. Along with improving the body’s hydration, its structure and composition, it also adds on to the benefits of milk.”

Does this mean that people who have been drinking tea for many years are healthier than others?

“If taken in the right quantity, tea could definitely provide its drinkers with several health benefits,” says a nutritionist.

Busting the myth about tea being bad for children, a nutritionist says, “Tea is not at all bad for children. On the contrary, L-theanine, found exclusively in both green and black tea, helps relax our mind and focus on tasks at hand.”

So what is the amount of tea that can be consumed in a day?

“Drinking about six to eight cups of tea a day is healthy,” advises Ishi.

Clearing a few more misconceptions about this beverage, a health and nutrition expert says, “The common belief about tea being bad for complexion is absolutely false. Rather, it improves skin color and texture. Also, adding ginger to a concoction of tea, does not compromise its properties. However, boiling beyond necessary should be avoided.”

With tea taking the role of a super-food, the time seems to be ripe to reap its benefits. Go grab your cup and say cheers to better health!

Benefits of Tea:

  • Flavonoids in tea improve vascular dilation, leading to better functioning of the heart.

  • Consuming three to four cups of tea each day lowers the risk of getting an Ischemic stroke by21 percent

  • The most abundant poly phenol in green tea (EGCG), reactivates dying skin cells and protects the body from the ravages of aging and the effects of pollution.

  • Anti-oxidant poly phenols found in tea, have anti-cancer properties.

  • L-theanine, found exclusively in both green and black tea, helps in relaxing the mind and focusing on tasks.

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