#12 Tea Keeps You Hydrated
At least according to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, black tea was shown to offer similar hydrating properties to water. This was a pretty groundbreaking conclusion as many people previously thought that the caffeine content of tea might have dehydrated the body. Well, it turns out that this is not so after all making a nice tall glass of iced tea on a hot summer's day just as refreshing and hydrating as water!
#11 Tea is a Natural Sunscreen
If you're anything like me, no matter what SPF or how many layers you seem to apply, sometimes you get burned anyway. Well, here's where drinking tea can add just a little more protection next time you're stuck in the middle of a desert with no shirt on. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dematology, the polyphenols in green tea are capable of providing limited protection against the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays. We're not saying to hit the beach relying on a cup of a tea - we're just saying, a cup of tea in addition to the sunscreen might be just enough to tip the scales in your favor on those extra o-zoney days.
#10 Tea Increases Endurance and Fat Burn
The American Journal of Physiology published an article revealing that EGCG, a major component of catechins found in green tea, increases endurance capacity in the muscles and those catechins are also known for burning fat and turning it into long-lasting energy. So, next time you're headed to the gym, grab a green tea!
#9 Tea can Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack
First off, if you have no idea who the man in the .gif is, his name was Redd Foxx and he was hilarious. Anywho, moving on... If heart disease and heart attacks run in your family, drinking black tea might do you some good. The flavonoids found in black tea, according to a study published in the Journal of Hypertension have been shown to improve blood flow and cardiovascular dilation. What does that mean exactly? Ask your doctor to be sure but we are pretty certain it means black tea can help prevent heart attacks. By the way, Redd Foxx is famous for his character in Sanford and Son aaaand for having heart attacks. Here's a video.
#8 Tea Fights Cancer
Pow, right in the kisser! Yes, I just mixed a Family Guy reference with a .gif from The Office. You want to fight about it? Well, if you were cancer and I was green tea, I'd welcome that fight because, according to the American Cancer Society, EGCG (that stuff from green tea again) may help cause certain types of cancer cells to die in much the same way that normal cells do. This effect is important because cancer cells are different from normal cells in that they do not die when they should—they continue to grow and spread. And there you have it!
#7 Tea Strenghtens Bones
A study in the journal Nutrition Research found tea drinkers between the ages of 65 and 75 had 5-percent higher bone density than non-tea drinkers, prompting researchers to conclude that drinking green tea can improve bone mineral density and thus lower your fracture risk. Quick, get grandma some tea!
#6 Tea Controls Diabeetus
Diabeetus got you down? Well, you have two choices... call Wilford Brimley and have your testing supplies delivered right to your door OR drink a cup of tea! Well, maybe both. According to a study published in the Journal of Food Science, scientists found that the polysaccharides, a type of carbohydrate, present in tea can slow the absorption of glucose which can help manage and control diabetic symptoms. While the study is still ongoing, researchers did find that black tea was better at controlling diabetes than other forms of tea. DO NOT hit your wife!
#5 Tea Reduces Inflammation
Here we go talking about EGCG again... but, according to some researchers at University of Michigan Medical School, that EGCG stuff found in green tea is a powerful anti-inflammatory which can help reduce swelling all over the body, including that caused by arthritis. You might have to take the first few sips from a straw but once the power of the green tea kicks in, grab your tea cup and proclaim your freedom from curly fingers!
#4 Tea can Help you Lose Weight
That's right, no more gimmicks and watching infommercials at 3AM. According to numerous studies and even Dr. Oz, oolong and green teas have been shown to help control weight gain by enhancing the effects of our own metabolism. I don't know about you but I can't stop looking... Is it working? I think it's working!
#3 Tea Prevents Premature Wrinkles
Do you hate getting old? I know I sure do. When I hit 30, everything started malfunctioning... well, almost everything. Still, though, people who meet me for the first time swear I'm no older than 24. I guess it's because of all the tea I drink. Allison Tannis, author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles, says that (you guessed it) the EGCG content of white and green tea can help fight the formation of wrinkles by protecting the skin from free radical damage and providing your body with hydration (see #12).
#2 Tea Fights Bad Breath
Now, first and foremost, you need to be brushin' and flossin' daily! But, should that not be enough to battle your garlic chicken from lunch or you lost your tooth brush this morning, grab a cup of black tea. The polyphenols found in black tea work in two ways - first they inhibit plaque build up and second they inhibit bacteria from growing in your mouth. Of course this is all according to an article I found in a Canadian health magazine. I'm not entirely sure if they have the same science as we do but I'll run with it for now. Bacteria and plaque equal bad breath. Slow those down and your breath improves. Science!
#1 Tea Reverses Damage from Radiation
This is serious, now... I mean radiation!??! Well, according to some German researchers, the powers of green tea have been shown to reverse skin damage caused by radiation therapy/exposure. No more worrying about that one time when you had to fight Godzilla when you visited Japan. Just drink some tea.