Tea has become a popular, and almost fashionable, alternative to coffee in the health and fitness community. With a wide array of alternatives and options to the Flat White, we thought we'd compile 10 reasons why tea can be more beneficial to drink than coffee.
- Herbal teas don’t contain caffeine, which is why they’re known for their calming properties. And all other teas have far less caffeine than coffee, meaning less effect on your nervous system.
- Tea is a source of antioxidants. Black tea contains a group of polyphenols that have antioxidant properties. Consuming antioxidants may help decrease the risk of chronic disease and improve your overall health.
- Black tea contains antimicrobial properties that kill off harmful substances and improve gut bacteria and immunity by helping repair the lining of the digestive tract.
- Moringa Tea may help to keep your bones strong. With more calcium than milk, as well as iron, vitamin A and K, moringa tea is a great additionto the diet for bone health.
- Tea can help tooth health - tea, unlike many other beverages does not appear to erode tooth enamel.
- Chamomile Tea can be great for people with irritable bowel syndrome because it is an antispasmodic.
- Tea can improve insulin sensitivity. Green tea may help reduce complications from diabetes. Diabetes is a worldwide health concern, with significant risks of complications, early death, and poorer quality of life. Research shows tea can improve insulin sensitivity, protect pancreatic cells from further damage, and decrease inflammation, all benefiting those at risk for or already diagnosed with diabetes.
- Tea is hydrating - while it was previously thought that tea (and coffee) promoted dehydration by acting like a diuretic and causing the body to lose more fluid, recent research finds that up to six to eight cups of tea a day is just as hydrating as the same amount of water.
- Green Tea promotes brain health. Researchers from the University Hospital of Basel in Switzerland found that participants in their study who had ingested green tea extract had better connectivity between the frontal and parietal lobes of the brain, which are two regions involved in aspects of learning, memory processes, and decision-making.
Hibiscus Tea has been tied to
cardiovascular benefits, helping to regulate systolic and diastolic blood pressure.