I am sitting here at my desk, sipping my tea, when suddenly it hits me. It is time to write a blog about the benefits of tea. I’m sure each type of tea has its own set of benefits, but I am going to loosely classify all teas together for this post.
I am a big fan of green tea, but there are many teas to choose from, all with wonderful health benefits. Over the years, tea has received a lot of attention from the scientific and health realms as having huge health benefits for your body. Today, I want to focus on why tea is good for your heart.
According to the July 2015 Harvard Heart Letter, “a hefty dose of flavonoids in tea may keep the heart and blood vessels healthy”.
“Tea is a good source of compounds known as catechins and epicatechins, which are thought to be responsible for tea’s beneficial health effects,” says Howard Sesso, SCD, MPH, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The flavonoids in tea help keep the inflammation lower in the vessels which reduces the narrowing effect of the blood vessels. This narrowing is what causes the build up of cholesterol to become problematic. The cholesterol isn’t necessarily the problem, but drinking tea can help the vessels accommodate the build up of cholesterol more effectively than an inflammed blood vessel.
In either case, be sure to add some tea to your daily routine. It will help you to increase your anti-oxidants and reduce your inflammation levels, both of which are incredible health benefits to you.
Dr Spencer Charlet