For thousands of years, tea has been used for its medicinal effects just as frequently as it has for general drinking.
The trend first began in China when green and black tea alike were seen largely as remedies for various ailments. Even the ancient Greeks viewed tea leaves as divine items.
Health problems commonly treated with tea over the years include bronchitis, asthma, and the common cold. It’s even been used to treat headaches, a trend that first began with the French.
Meanwhile in Russia, it was being used as an aid for digestive problems, as well as a solution for nervousness and even a cardiovascular health booster.
In Britain, tea has been a mainstay for many years. Outside of merely enjoying the taste, British citizens have been known to use strong cups of tea for a variety of reasons, including the improvement of emotional, mental, and physical well being.
A wide variety of herbal teas are commonly used throughout the home remedies of the area. It’s worth noting that certain herbal teas can have adverse effects given their ingredients however, so great care must be taken before partaking in one.
Tea has an inherent amount of potassium and folic acid. It is also quite high in tannins, substances that are very useful for fighting off viruses including dysentery, influenza, and even chronic viral hepatitis. They can stave off various forms of bacteria as well.
Catechin is a particularly powerful tannin that has been shown to reverse the growth of tumors. The substance is now at the forefront of a significant degree of cancer research all over the world.
While the typical diet of many British citizens is rich in fatty foods and cholesterol such as pudding, cream, and plenty of fried standbys, the frequent enjoyment of tea has been said to work as a perfect counterbalance that manages to keep people’s health in check.
Studies from the 1980s showed that even those with the most cholesterol ridden diets showed normal cholesterol levels if they were drinking tea on a regular basis. As such, you should feel quite justified in taking time out for your daily “cuppa” – it’s for your own good!
The prospect of tea as a headache and blood pressure treatment has been backed up time and time again, especially in recent Russian and Japanese research on catechins. The same findings have shown that tea can even help deal with blood clots and also strengthen the blood vessels. Even atherosclerosis can be avoided with regular tea intake.
Tea is also great to drink if you’ve become overheated or sick with the flu. It seems counter-intuitive, but your body’s natural means of dealing with heat is sweat.
A hot beverage can help you sweat out your toxins even more effectively while also replenishing the water you’re losing. You should drink plenty of water as well, but tea should be your next go-to in place of the likes of juices or colas.
You should also be aware of some of the adverse effects of tea however. For starters, the acidity may not agree with many people’s stomachs. (A little bit of added milk should help you still enjoy tea if that’s the case.)
You should also be aware of the high caffeine content. Tea generally has about 50 miligrams of caffeine per cup, and that can soar even higher as it continues to brew. Finally, tea also has a bad habit of staining the teeth.
Be sure to keep a strong whitening toothpaste handy if you’re drinking it regularly.