Tea has been around for thousands of years, and there’s good reason it’s the most popular beverage on earth (after water of course). Long before it was a beverage, tea was considered medicinal. And for centuries after its discovery, tea was enjoyed with leaves fresh from the plant. It was only when countries started exporting their tea that they started drying and processing the leaves to survive the long journey oversees.
Tea gets its superfood status for its ability to help heal the body’s cells. The role antioxidants play in health promotion and disease prevention makes it an ideal health beverage.
The health and wellness properties of tea are well documented. There are thousands of published studies to support the benefits of drinking tea, which include:
- Heart health: catechins have been proven to lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Dental health: helps decrease plaque and prevent cavities
- Fights viruses + infection: tea can help slow the growth of bacteria that cause infections and pneumonia, and prevent viruses such as colds and flu
- Cognitive function: benefits ranging from reduced stress and enhanced mood to work performance to creativity, thanks, in part to the amino acid L-Theanine
- Fights illness: reduces stress; also persuasive science to support tea’s anti-cancer case as catechins help neutralize free radicals and can help reduce the incidence and size of chemically-induced tumours. Also inhibit the growth of tumour cells
- Skin care: helps keep your skin acne free and delay signs of aging (think of all the beauty products using white tea these days)
- Weight loss: boosts metabolism/endurance and helps shed fat; also super hydrating
* While the body of evidence on tea and health benefits is extensive, these specific statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada, and our teas are not intended to prevent, treat or cure disease.