There are many reasons to choose to drink tea for its health benefits. Many scientific studies have been published in the last decade showing that there are numerous benefits to choosing to drink this popular beverage.
While science is still exploring the many benefits of tea, there are a few highlights of research studies that have been published recently. Researchers continue to try to find more benefits to drinking tea, but there are some that are known right now.
A 1999 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who drink Wu Yi tea were able to lose more weight and metabolize fat faster than those that did not. Increased ability to metabolize fat should help people to lose weight more quickly and more easily.
A 2002 study from the Chinese Journal of Integrated Medicine showed that test subjects that drank oolong tea daily were also able to better metabolize fat, which should help them with weight loss.
A study published in Phytotherapy Research in 2006 showed that people can drink chamomile tea to reduce anxiety and to help them sleep. Chamomile has been used for centuries as a sleep remedy, but its use as an anxiolytic is new.
A study done in 2009 by the School of Life Sciences at Kingston University found that white tea used in beauty products can help prevent damage to the skin. Researchers think this is due to the polyphenols contained in the tea, which helps prevent damage to DNA.
A 2003 study in Diabetes Care showed that type II diabetics that drank at least fifty ounces of oolong tea each day were better able to control their blood sugar without drugs. The research was only studied with non-insulin dependent diabetics, and not on those that required insulin to maintain their blood glucose levels at a safe range.
A 2005 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found chamomile tea helped to prevent illness. The same study also found chamomile helped with menstrual cramps. The researchers believe these benefits are due to glycine, an amino acid found in chamomile.
A number of studies have found that tea can help to reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancers. A 2001 study done at Oregon State University found white tea may help reduce the risk of colon, stomach and prostate cancers. A study published by Case Western University in 2007 found similar benefits in chamomile tea. Other studies are currently being done on different types of tea to see if only certain types of tea help with cancer prevention or if this is a benefit of all types of teas.