Happy National Hot Tea Month!
January is the Tea Association of the United States’ National Hot Tea Month. Lucky for us we just happen to be experiencing quite a cold snap, which may just cause more Americans to stop and take notice of this national celebration. Obviously, we’re big fans of tea around here at Pacific Merchants (take a look at our Price & Kensington line of tea pots, tea mugs, and tea caddies if you don’t believe us), but we stumbled upon some pretty encouraging health facts that make us want to drink even more.
Tea and Health
Both the green and black varieties of tea are believed to play an important role in fostering good health in those who regularly consume it. Not only does tea promote good cardiovascular health, but has also been found in many studies to have a positive relation to the instance of cancer in many cases. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, tea has also been found to positively impact the function of the immune system as well as incidence of obesity.
Tea and Cardiovascular Health
In a Dutch study, researchers found that participants who drank between one and two cups of Black Tea per day were at a 46% lower risk for aortic artheriosclerosis which is often a major indicator of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, subjects who drank four or more cups of Black Tea per day were at an average of 69% less risk.
Tea and Cancer
A study conducted by the University of Arizona found that participants who drank iced black tea with citrus were 42% less likely to develop skin cancer. Studies have found that individuals who drink hot black tea are at a lower risk of developing Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC).
Tea and the Immune System
Recently, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, along with Harvard University, discovered that L-theanine, which is found in tea, is a key component in helping the body fight bacteria, fungi, infections, and viruses. The study supports the idea that drinking black tea helps the human body fight microbial infection.
Tea and Obesity
If your New Year’s Resolution involves losing weight and gaining overall health, you’re in luck. Research suggests that green tea extract helps increase the expenditure of energy and oxidation of fat in healthy men over a 24 hour period. Furthermore, three months of consumption of green tea extract by moderately obese individuals showed a 4.6% decrease in body weight as well as an average loss of 4.48 inches in the circumference of the waist.
Enjoy Hot Tea This Month!
Whether you drink tea for its flavor or more for its potential health benefits, we hope you’ll join us in enjoying a cup of hot tea this month. Black, Green, Oolong, or White, you can’t go wrong when hot tea is in your cup!