Tea is enjoyed worldwide for its taste, but did you know that Ceylon tea is especially beneficial to health? That’s because this tea variety contains some of the highest levels of antioxidants, including flavonoids and other powerful polyphenols. It’s all possible because of the unique geography, soil and climate of the region where this tea is grown and the special care it receives after the tea leaves are picked.
- Studies have shown that the flavonoids in Ceylon tea may lower the risk of heart disease by reducing the blood levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and reducing hardening of the arteries. The benefit to heart health can be enhanced when the tea is consumed with bananas or other potassium-rich fruits.
- The compounds in Ceylon tea may reduce the risk of cancer of the liver, lungs, prostate, esophagus and other organs by fighting harmful free radicals.
- Weight loss may be easier in dieters who drink Ceylon tea before exercising, because the protein kinase in the tea reduces fat formation and increases the breakdown of fat.
- Compounds in Ceylon tea have been shown to have antibacterial and antiviral effects, including against influenza viruses in cells.
- The antioxidant and immunosuppressive properties of Ceylon tea may help slow aging of the skin.
- Long-term studies have shown that drinking Ceylon tea can improve bone strength and density, thereby reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
- Drinking Ceylon tea can benefit diabetic patients by helping to regulate the glucose and insulin levels in the blood.
- The health-promoting polyphenols in Ceylon tea can also provide these benefits: Epigallocatechin gallate reduces inflammation; theogallin aids brain function; and thearubigin improves gut flow and function.