Since the dawn of time, people have sought tea for its numerous benefits. According to legends, it was first used as a medicinal beverage before it became a daily drink.
Modern research has confirmed many of the health benefits associated with tea consumption from improving the function of blood vessels, to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
But aside from these restorative properties, tea contains polyphenols that promote weight-loss.
In this article, we share four other benefits of drinking tea.
1. Promotes Weight Loss
As previously mentioned, regular tea consumption can help promote weight loss thanks to several key ingredients, one of them being polyphenols.
Polyphenols are a type of natural compound found in many plant foods, and they have been associated with a variety of beneficial health effects.
Catechins, one of the polyphenols in shape tea, for example, have powerful antioxidant properties that help mitigate the damaging effects of free radicals in the body. Free radicals increase cholesterol and alter cell-membrane traffic—both harmful to our health.
Catechin also helps break down excess fat and increases the amount of energy the body uses.
2. Tea Has Anti-ageing Effects
We’ve talked about how polyphenols mitigate the damaging effects of free radicals in the body. But what they also do is slow down the body’s ageing process.
Free radicals damage the skin cells and cause the skin to wrinkle and lose elasticity. By neutralising free radicals, polyphenols slow down the ageing process, which is why so many cosmetic and beauty care products today contain tea extracts.
3. Fight Against Illnesses
Shape tea boosts the body’s defences against infections thanks to a number of nutrients and compounds.
It contains chrysanthemum which is rich in various antioxidants like flavonoids and phenolic acids, which can protect the body from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is linked to a variety of chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
Chrysanthemum is a good source of vitamin C, which is known for its immune-boosting properties. It also contains vitamin A, which is crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system and protecting against infections. Minerals such as potassium and magnesium found in the tea can support overall body function and wellbeing.
4. Improves Sleep Quality
In 2014, Singapore ranked third among the top sleep-deprived populations, behind Tokyo and Seoul. In a more recent online poll conducted across 12 countries, we took the second spot after Britain.
Insomnia is an often neglected condition with several long-term effects; it increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart attacks.
Drinking tea can have a positive impact on improving the quality of sleep. Several herbal teas, such as chamomile and lavender, promote relaxation and enhance sleep quality.
Our very own Shape Tea with chrysanthemum flowers promotes sleep thanks to a flavonoid called apigenin which is known to induce muscle relaxation and sedation.
It also contains other herbal ingredients such as senna leaves, senna pods and garcinia cambogia fruit rind, which also help to encourage digestive function, promote weight loss, and lower cholesterol.
It’s clear that adding Shape tea to a weight loss programme can have several health benefits. That said, we recommend consulting with a health professional before using tea for medicinal purposes.
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