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To honor tea lovers across the nation throughout National Hot Tea Month, the Tea Council of the USA kicked off their third annual IndividualiTEA Photo Sharing Sweepstakes, offering one lucky winner a chance to win $500 and a year’s supply of tea. Entering is as easy as one-two-tea! Simply brew up a cup of black, green, white, dark or oolong tea and share your photo, video or description on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #IndividualiTEA and tag @TeaCouncil.

All true teas come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, and there are five main types to consume to reap the plentiful benefits – black, green, white, dark and oolong. Tea contains especially high concentrations of flavonoids, which are naturally occurring compounds that have antioxidant properties.

Tea flavonoids often provide bioactive compounds that help to neutralize free radicals, which scientists believe, over time, damage elements in the body, such as genetic material and lipids, and contribute to chronic disease.

Health Benefits of Tea

Whether you’re brewing up a cup for tea’s healing properties or cozying up on a cold winter’s day with a warm mug, consider these proven health benefits of tea as you review resolutions, build new habits and enter 2019:

  • Take Tea to Heart: Studies suggest tea may promote overall heart health. Research from a recent cohort study concludes that tea drinkers have significantly lower levels of total cholesterol and LDL or “bad” cholesterol and higher levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol.1,2 Specifically, black tea consumption has even been linked to decreased risk for a heart attack and improved cardiovascular health.3,4 One of the health-promoting compounds in tea, (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG, has been shown to improve other indicators of heart health. EGCG may improve heart health through reduction in inflammatory markers, narrowing of arteries and an increase in antioxidant activity.2
  • Support Weight Goals: Tea consumption is associated with lower weight and waist circumference. Studies suggest hot tea drinkers often have lower waist circumference and BMI.5 Additional research suggests the catechins or bioactive compounds in tea, in combination with caffeine are responsible for increasing energy usage in tea drinkers which can have a weight modulating effect.6 Tea contains no sodium, fat, carbonation or sugar – it is virtually calorie free.
  • Strengthen Memory and Concentration: Bioactive components of tea like L-theanine and EGCG have been shown to enhance brain function. A recent review indicated that green tea consumption may be related to benefits in memory, attention and brain function.7 A separate study demonstrated that when subjects consumed 2 cups of black tea they demonstrated greater levels of attention.8Tea is a smart beverage choice for your future health too. Green tea consumption can help to ward off dementia later in life. A study suggests reduced incidence of dementia in those who drank 5 cups of tea daily.9 Drinking tea may even help you beat that afternoon slump! In a cross-sectional study those who drank tea felt less tired and reported higher levels of subjective work performance.10
  • Stress Less: Between parties, traveling and wrapping presents, we’re often left with stress and exhaustion once it’s time to return to work after the holidays. Early research suggests that green tea consumption may be related to reductions in anxiety thanks to bioactive components L-theanine and catechins like EGCG.7   And if you’re feeling sluggish, start your day with an energizing cup of tea. Depending on type, tea contains less than half the caffeine of an equal-sized serving of coffee, but enough to provide the cognitive benefits.

“Just like eating fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods, regular tea consumption has been shown to have significant health benefits,” says Peter Goggi, President of the Tea Council of the USA. “We’re excited to encourage a nation of tea drinkers to showcase their IndividualiTEA and embrace National Hot Tea Month timed to the new year. We can’t wait to see your tea stories!”

Looking to steep the perfect cup of hot tea, every time?

Timing is crucial, so follow the Four Golden Rules for a delicious cup, and don’t forget about steeping guidelines!

  • Use a teapot
  • Bring fresh, cold tap water to a full boil (Note: If your water is heavily chlorinated or contains other objectionable odors, filter before boiling for best tasting tea)
  • Use one teaspoon or one tea bag per cup
  • Pour boiling water over tea and brew by the clock 3 to 5 minutes, and serve! For Green and White teas, let the water cool for a few minutes before pouring over your tea
  • Recommended Steep Times: Steep White for 1-3 minutes, Green for 3 minutes and Black, Oolong and Dark for 3-5 minutes

References:

  1. Tian C, Huang Q, Yang L, Legare S, Angileri F, Yang H, Li X, et al. Green tea consumption is associated with reduced incident CHD and improved CHD-related biomarkers in the Dongfeng-Tongji cohort. Sci Rep. 2016; 6,24353.
  2. Eng Qy, Thanikachalam PV, Ramamurthy S. Molecular understanding of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. J Ethnopharmacol 2017; 210:296-310.
  3. Sesso HD, Gaziano JM, Buring JE, Hennekens CH.  Coffee and tea intake and the risk of myocardial infarction.  Am J Epidemiol. 1999;149:162-7.
  4. Geleijnse JM, Launer LJ, Hofman A, Pols HAP, Witteman JCM.  Tea flavonoids may protect against atherosclerosis: the Rotterdam Study.  Arch Intern Med. 1999;159:2170-4.
  5. Vernarelli JA, Lambert JD. Tea consumption is inversely associated with weight status and other markers for metabolic syndrome in US adults. Eur J Nutr 2012 Jul 10.
  6. Hursel R, Viechtbauer W, Dulloo AG et al. The effects of catechin rich teas and caffeine on energy expenditure and fat oxidation: a meta-analysis. Obes Rev 2011 Jul;12(7):e573-81.
  7. Mancini E, Beglinger C, Drewe J, Zanchi D, Lang Ue, Borgwardt S. Green tea effects on cognition, mood and human brain function: a systematic review. Phytomedicine 2017; 34:26-37.
  8. De Bruin EA, Rowson MJ, Van Buren L, Rycroft, JA, Owen GN. Black tea improves attention and self-reported alertness. Appetite. 2011;56:235-240.
  9. Tomata Y, Sugiyama K, Jaiho Y, Honkura K, Watanabe T, Zhang S, Sugawara Y, Tsuji I. Green tea consumption and the risk of incident dementia in elderly Japanese: the Ohsaki cohort 2006 study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2016; 24(10): 881-9
  10. Bryan J, Tuckey, M, Einöther S.J.L. et al. The relationship between tea and other beverage consumption, work performance and mood. Appetite, 2012. 58 (1), 339–346.

SOURCE The Tea Council of the USA

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Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins is an author, mom, nurse and a community volunteer. She is the author of various articles about home and family life and has been featured in various parenting magazines and newspapers.
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