4 Health Benefits of Tea

January is a time of new beginnings, as we look to kick bad habits and start healthy ones. Fittingly, it also happens to be National Hot Tea month. Fill up your favorite mug and toast the health benefits of the world’s most widely-consumed hot beverage.

Tea can help you lose weight

This time of year, we’re all trying to lose a little extra holiday weight and drinking tea can help. Compounds in the Camellia sinensis plant (from which comes all black, green and white tea) provide a slight metabolic boost that can help you burn an extra 40-50 calories a day. It’s not a lot, but it adds up!

Here’s another way drinking tea can help you lose weight: Without additives like sugar or dairy, tea is an excellent substitute for sodas, juice and other sugary drinks. And the more tea you sip, the fuller you feel!

Tea can prevent trips to the dentist

Tea has the perfect trifecta when it comes to dental health: it can prevent cavities, fight bad breath and help your gums say strong. This is because it contains the antioxidant catechin that reduces inflammation and stops the development of plaque, helping to protect your teeth and gums. In addition, catechin has shown the ability to help fight bad breath.

Tea also contains some fluoride, the enamel-protecting substance that dentists recommend.

Tea can keep you calm and focused

Of course, caffeine found in green and black teas can keep you awake. However, another compound called L-theanine can also have an effect on your ability to focus. Three to four cups of tea a day have been shown to have a calming effect while also enhancing attention. In fact, L-theanine actually changes brain-wave activity, putting you in a peaceful, alert state. It’s like having the jolt of coffee but without the jittery side effects. Green tea in particular is a good source of L-theanine.

Tea helps your body fight disease

Studies have shown that drinking tea can help your body fight off infections. Its antioxidants are thought to prevent the common cold and protect your body from the effects of pollution. Plus, green tea may lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which in turn may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

– Al Montone