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Healthy Habits: Benefits of a Daily Cup of Tea

Ancient Chinese healers made claim to the therapeutic and healing properties contained in tea leaves. Modern medical research and clinical trials repeatedly conclude compounds found in tea benefit overall health, finding seniors in particular stand to reap great benefits from drinking moderate amounts of tea regularly.

The three main varieties of tea, black, green, and white, are rich in antioxidants known as polyphenols. Polyphenols fight damaging compounds known as free radicals. Free radicals contribute to the aging process and the development of several diseases and health problems. The antioxidants present in tea can neutralize free radicals and may help prevent or reduce their damaging effects.

Black tea may reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney stones, cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Black tea also helps reduce stress, a leading cause of disease, by reducing levels of the hormone cortisol. And the amino acid L-theanine found in black tea has a calming effect and enhances concentration.

Green Tea, made from unfermented leaves, contains extremely high concentrations of polyphenols. Green tea has been used as a diuretic, an astringent to heal wounds, treats gas and promotes digestion, regulates blood sugar, and increases alertness. It helps improve immunity and defend against viral and bacterial infections as well as arthritis. Green tea may also guard against several cancers, including lung, breast, prostate, GI tract and skin.

White tea contains potent anti-cancer properties compared to more processed teas. It aids in lowering blood pressure and thinning blood, protects against stroke, improves artery function, and promotes healthy blood vessels.

Unless noted, all teas contain some amount of caffeine and help boost metabolism, improve mood, and increase alertness.

If you provide care for an aging relative and could use a little help getting their healthy habits back on track, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Located in Annapolis, MD, we offer flexible part-time home care, and our caregivers can help with a range of daily tasks that promote health, wellness, and longevity. To learn more about our individualized care services, call 443-302-2771 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.