During a pandemic, is there anything more soothing than a good cup of tea? At any time to be honest, tea is a welcome distraction from difficult times, bad news or even just a boring list of chores. Have you ever thought about switching up from your regular old cup of tea though to something with more health benefits, like jasmine green tea?
Not only is it delicious, but jasmine green tea could help to protect you against all kinds of health issues. That’s got to be worth a switch hasn’t it? Guys & St Thomas Private Healthcare asked me to do a bit of digging and here are just some of the health benefits of jasmine green tea that I discovered.
Protection against cancers
Green tea is packed full of antioxidants, which do all sorts of good things including attacking free radicals that form in your body. Free radicals can be linked to cancer causation, and so drinking green tea could lower your risk of developing cancer.
Jasmine green tea contains catechins, which have been shown to increase your metabolism and have fat burning properties. (Obviously this isn’t as effective if you like to have a biscuit with every cup of tea you drink.)
It smells good
Jasmine green tea is flavoured with the flowers of the jasmine plant, which smells amazing. Jasmine itself has medicinal properties and has aromatherapy benefits. According to the European Journal of Applied Psychology, even just taking a lovely big lungful of the smell of your jasmine green tea could help to lower your heart rate and calm your mood.
As well as being linked to cancer causation, free radicals are also known to mess with your skin and hasten the ageing process. The antioxidants in green tea therefore can help to play a role in keeping our skin healthier and looking younger.
Good for oral health
Not only do catechins have fat burning properties, they’ve also been shown to be good for our oral health. Catechins can help to reduce the risk of cavities by killing plaque forming bacteria.
Prevention of IBD
IBD – short for inflammatory bowel disease – is a distressing condition that involves bloating and pain in the colon. Some studies have shown that green tea can be useful in helping to reduce these symptoms in two types of IBD, as well as Crohn’s Disease.
As well as its aromatherapy properties, jasmine has been used historically to help reduce stress. Jasmine is believed by many to help reduce stress by acting as an anti-depressant. There’s certainly something cheering is a hot cup of tea isn’t there?