The sixth edition of the International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health, held in April 2022, shared the latest research on the benefits of tea. The presenters, who comprised a myriad of researchers, reported various findings, the most important of which show that tea can benefit heart health, immunity, and cognitive health. These studies focused on true teas: green, oolong, black, white, and dark. They did not include herbal teas like peppermint. If you are interested in the findings that were shared, read on.
At the Symposium, Dr. Taylor Wallace of George Mason University explained that tea can boost heart health owing to its high quotient of flavonoids. These compounds, which are found in tea and apples (to name just a few foodstuffs) can also help keep cancer at bay. In one study by academics at Edith Cowan University’s School of Medical and Health Sciences, it was found that people with a high flavonoid intake are significantly less likely to die from cancer or heart disease. Wallace himself pointed out that tea drinkers in the US have a 20% higher flavonoid intake than non-tea drinkers.
If you are yet to discover the wonders of tea, or you are bored by classic bagged teas found in your supermarket, try to expand your palate by dabbing in curating tea selections from across the globe. When it comes to health-giving black tea, for instance, you can choose from so many varieties, each of which has its own aroma, notes, and strength. Just a few varieties you might like to savor include Assam black tea from India (which is full-bodied and malty), Masala Chai (a popular spiced chai from India), or Lapsang Suchong from China (which is smoke-dried over a pinewood fire). Black tea is a source of antioxidants, and it boosts heart health, lowers bad LDL cholesterol, and helps reduce blood sugar levels. It also has hypertensive properties and is thought to help stave off diabetes.
At the Symposium, researchers pointed out that there is a link between drinking tea and positive brain health outcomes. Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have discovered that regular tea drinkers have well-organized brain regions— a phenomenon that is linked to healthy cognitive function. When it comes to immunity, meanwhile, few teas are quite as potent as green tea. The latter has the ability to increase the number of regulatory T cells that play a vital role in immune function.
Those who include “true tea” as part of their daily beverage consumption can rest assured that they are doing their health a world of good. The sixth edition of the International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health has reestablished that tea can benefit the heart, stave off cancer, and improve immunity. It can also help fight cancer, making it a useful drink of choice for those also wishing to enjoy greater alertness and focus.
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