There are many benefits of drinking tea. Starting from lowering cholesterol levels, preventing heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other degenerative diseases. Tea is also said to help you lose weight. Actually, there is one more benefit of tea that people might rarely know - preventing the flu. Why, what is the connection?
How can drinking tea prevent flu?
The benefits of drinking tea are reported by a study from Washington University School of Medicine. Researchers found that the presence of certain bacteria in the intestine can fight the influenza virus before it already causes flu symptoms. Flu is often characterized by symptoms of fever, cough and aching sensations throughout the body
Tea contains natural antioxidants called flavonoids. Flavonoids have long been believed to have protective properties that help and strengthen the immune system to fight infection.
One of the researchers, Thaddeus Stanppenbeck, said that there is at least one type of good bacteria in the intestine that works to accelerate the breakdown of flavonoid compounds after being digested to improve interferon function in the body. Interferon itself is a molecule that helps work the immune response.
This study also found the benefits of other teas related to respiratory health, namely preventing lung damage that can be caused by severe influenza. Lung damage like this often causes serious complications, such as pneumonia.
However, it is important to note that the research above is still limited because it is only done in lab rats. Further research is still needed to be able to ascertain the benefits of drinking this tea.
The benefits of drinking tea for health
Reduces the risk of strokes and heart attacks
An analysis conducted by Lenore Arab found that the risk of heart disease and stroke was found to be lower in people who regularly drink tea. Tea dilaporka can reduce bad cholesterol levels and increase levels of good cholesterol or HDL. Because it can reduce cholesterol, tea can help prevent atherosclerosis (blockage of blood vessels due to cholesterol plaque buildup). Atherosclerosis is what can cause heart disease and stroke later on.
Tea can also protect bones from the risk of osteoporosis.
Tea is also known to improve brain health. A study that looked at memory sharpness and cognitive function of the brain of one thousand adults over 70 years of age revealed that those who drank more than 2 cups of green tea a day had a lower risk of experiencing senility. The University of Maryland added that green tea helps the body control blood glucose and protect the body from the risk of liver damage.
Some researchers believe the benefits of drinking green tea can prevent cancer because they contain polyphenolic compounds called antioxidants which are antioxidants. In the body, catechins can kill cancer cells.
Several laboratory studies have shown that green tea can help prevent the growth of certain cancers including cancers of the skin, lungs, breast, bladder, liver, prostate, large intestine and esophagus. This study shows that compounds in tea can help block blood vessels to supply blood to cancer cells.
In comparison, countries that routinely consume green tea are more like Japan, have a lower percentage of cancer patients compared to other countries that do not routinely consume green tea.
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