Benefits of Drinking Tea

Picture from Healthline.com

Picture from Healthline.com

Alice Mancilla, The Scroll, Op-Ed Editor

There are so many types of teas and each give provides better physical or mental health. Although many favor drinks like coffee, soda, or Arizona tea, these options aren’t as healthy as herbal or “homemade” tea. Not only does tea have half the amount of caffeine than coffee, but the health benefits are astronomical. 

Tea can help boost your physical and mental health. Lavender, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Green, Peppermint, and Passion Flower teas can aid in stress and depression. These teas can help soothe and calm a person down, while improving their mood. Tea can also help sleeping problems and anxiety. According to Nature.com, tea can lower the stress hormone cortisol while also energizing the person who drinks it. According to Ontario.cmha, green tea has a measurable effect on brain waves by relaxing a person, while stimulating their motivation and concentration. An element in many plant based teas, Theanine, was given to schizophrenia patients and was successful in reducing anxiety and other symptoms. There are also physical benefits with drinking tea and each type varies with its advantages. For example, Penn Medicine claims that white tea is the most effective tea in fighting off various types of cancer due to the amount of antioxidants. Rooibos tea aids in decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol while increasing circulation. Many teas can help with menstrual cramps and muscle aches, such as chamomile, ginger, and sage teas. There are also immune benefits when drinking tea regularly. Ginger, Lemongrass, and Peppermint teas contain antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which helps in supporting your immune system and defends your body against harmful bacteria. PubMed.gov explains that these teas have rosmarinic acid and several flavonoids, primarily eriocitrin, luteolin and hesperidin, which act as antioxidants to fight against bacteria. 

According to Senchateabar.com, tea is a healthier alternative to coffee because tea gives you an energy boost without the side effects that coffee brings. Coffee is usually brewed at a higher temperature, which means that there is more caffeine. The amount of caffeine that coffee provides can create spikes and drops in blood sugar creating abnormal effects such as, increased heart or breathing rate, insomnia, stomach pains, or nervousness. On the other hand, tea has less caffeine and doesn’t give its drinkers these symptoms, but has multiple benefits in the physical and mental aspects of health. 

Overall, tea has so many advantages for overall health and can greatly impact your life. Decreasing stress and improving your physical wellbeing can be achieved by simply taking a few minutes out of your day to boil some water and tea leaves. This can be done while watching a movie at home or taking a few sips throughout the school day.