The health benefits of green and ginger teas
There are lot of studies showing that drinking tea can provide many health benefits (e.g. Tea Advisory Panel and other sources ). For example, a study published in 2016 found a nearly 20% reduction in the risk of heart attack and a 35% reduced risk of stroke among those who drank 1 - 3 cups of green tea a day. Those who drank four or more cups daily, had a 32% reduction in the risk of having a heart attack and lower levels of LDL cholesterol.
Tea is thought to have a number of health benefits including increasing muscle endurance, fighting cancer, reducing heart attack risk, boosting hydration and aiding in weight loss. Herbal blends have no caffeine, while traditional teas have less than 50% of the amount typically found in coffee.
The UK Tea & Infusions Association states that tea, which on average accounts for 40% of our daily fluid intake in Britain, can help you to reach the daily recommended target of drinking at least 2.5 pints/1.5 litres of fluid per day to prevent dehydration.
Herbal teas, in particular chamomile, can be good for people with irritable bowel syndrome because it is an antispasmodic.
According to the book Herbal Medicine, ginger and ginger teas can have over 115 therapeutic compounds. Ginger tea can be a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, zinc and other minerals. Fresh ginger contains many anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants called gingerols and shogaols. Gingerols have been linked to reducing obesity, treating diabetes, and they also have anticancer properties (e.g. liver and colon cancer). Research has also shown that gingerol and shogaols can help relieve joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.
An article entitled ‘Proven Health Benefits of Ginger Root and Ginger Tea’ by Jenny Hills notes that ginger tea reduces cardiovascular diseases, by preventing the clogging of the arteries and boosting blood circulation. It can also help to reduce pain, especially muscle and joint pain after exercise. The anti-spasmodic properties of ginger tea can help to relieve abdominal pain associated with menstruation by relaxing the muscles. Moreover, its regular intake will lower the risk of strokes, relieve headaches, prevent cancer, and dissolve kidney stones.
Drinking ginger tea can help to improve your digestion and with the absorption of food, thus reducing bloating. The shogaols and gingerols soothe the gastrointestinal tract and help reduce the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Researchers describe ginger as having antiemetic properties and help relieve gastro-upset like abdominal cramping, nausea, and heartburn. It is good for relieving nausea and sickness during pregnancy.
Ginger tea also has a positive effect on your immune system and can help you fight infections better. Studies have found that gingerols and enzymes in ginger root and powder can reduce inflammation caused by viral infections, and can therefore help to relieve some of the symptoms of asthma and respiratory infections.
Regularly drinking ginger tea is good for high blood pressure because of the flavonoids and other antioxidants it contains. Another of the benefits of ginger tea is that it can help to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, and can benefit you if you suffer from diabetes because it may help to lower your fasting blood glucose. Gingerol has been shown to help remove toxins from the liver and reduce the negative effects of free radicals on liver health. Ginger tea can also protect against cognitive degenerative diseases due to its powerful antioxidant effect on the brain.