Is Tea Good for You?

Is Tea Good for You?

For thousands of years in the East, tea has been regarded as essential to holistic wellbeing. While the West has been late to the tea-party, it’s quickly catching up. Studies show that teas have beneficial effects on cancer, heart disease, diabetes, weight loss, high cholesterol, anxiety and more.

Tea is a name given to lots of different brews, but purists consider only – green, black, white, pu-erh, and oolong teas – real tea! All tea is derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, native to China and India, and contain unique antioxidants called flavonoids. Some of the more potent and better studied of these is ECGC, which may help against free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries. And Apigenin; associated with cancer healing qualities.

CBD infused with chai or herbal tea have more holistic benefits because both the Hemp plant and the Camellia sinensis plant contain terpenes and flavonoids unique to each plant. CBD contains up to 200 different terpenes and 20 different flavonoids. While chamomile, for example, contains 28 terpenes, 36 flavonoids and 52 additional compounds with medicinal activity.

Terpenes are the fragrant essential oils secreted by the plants that give them their potent aromas and flavours. This is why mint tea differs from chamomile, etc. Flavonoids are unique antioxidants that give plants the ability to detoxify and repair. They are responsible for the dazzling array of colours from the deep red hues of roses (the petals of which are often used in tea blends) to the green hues of hemp leaves.

Green tea, is one of the more studied teas. It contains many antioxidants known to have positive therapeutic effects on the growth of breast, bladder lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alxheimers and Parkinsons diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels. Who wouldn’t want a cup of that! The ancients believed tea to be a key ingredient to health, happiness and wisdom … it seems they were spot on!

So go-on, go-on, go-on, have a cuppa!