Green tea has been used as a natural immunity booster for thousands of years. In comparison to traditional black tea, green tea is packed with antioxidants called flavonoids. It is this substance found in plants that is thought to reduce the damage to cells in the body by fighting the build up of free radicals. Free radicals occur as a consequence of normal metabolism, stress, exercise, direct sunlight, pollution and eating foods high in fats and sugar. The role of antioxidants is to interact with free-radicals and stop them from initiating a chain reaction of chemical processes that damage DNA and cell membranes.
The quantity of antioxidants in green tea varies significantly based on its quality, freshness and brewing time. Research studies have shown that 2-5 cups of green tea per day can increase the antioxidant capacity of the bloodstream and reduce the damage to cells. If you are not sold on the flavour of green tea, there is still a benefit to be gained from drinking flavoured green teas!
If you’re wondering if there are similar benefits to be had from drinking other teas, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are! Nearly all herbal teas contain antioxidants. Jasmine tea is actually green tea flavoured with jasmine flowers and therefore contains high levels of antioxidants. Peppermint tea is another popular choice although it provides slightly different health benefits to green tea. Peppermint tea is known to help settle upset stomachs and eases digestion.