by Dr. Will Cole
We’ve all read about the health benefits of tea, that’s also why nutritionists from all around the world, including the Harvard School of Public Health recommends drinking tea at least three times a day to unlock it’s powerful benefits. All true tea comes from the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. Yes, all tea: black tea, green tea, white tea, and oolong tea all come from the same plant.
Anything else is technically a tisane, or what people call “herbal tea” (which is not really tea at all). So, just how are so many different teas, which have completely different tastes, made from the same plant? It’s all in how the plant is grown, harvested, and prepared.
And while all types of tea contain antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral benefits (due to the polyphenol called catechin and the antioxidant content) each type of tea also contains unique benefits.
Here are 3 reasons why you should pick up the 3 cups a day habit. Not just because it’s recommended, but really to understand what goes on in your body when you nourish it with tea goodness.
Boost your immunity
Brew up a defense force within your body. Three cups of tea can help build your immunity and protect you from many health afflictions. The Harvard School of Public Health and NIH have linked drinking tea to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, protection from cancer, and a reduced risk of high blood pressure. Some studies have actually shown its benefits being shown in a little less than a week with just one quart of tea.
Constant flow of antioxidants
When you drink tea throughout the day, you’re keeping antioxidants flowing through your body. These antioxidants are polyphenols and catechins called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage by fighting free radicals. Talk about having a natural defense mechanism running throughout your body!
These polyphenol antioxidants are best absorbed on an empty stomach, similar to other medications that are affected by food. I would recommend starting your morning with a cup and slowly sipping throughout the day. Once you keep this habit going, you will soon feel a difference in your energy level and cognitive function.
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Through a proprietary Cold CrystallizationTM process, Pique is able to extract the active ingredients in tea and super plants at maximum capacity – and preserve them in an easily dissolvable form. Through this method, Pique is able to deliver 6 times the antioxidants of a regular tea bag and up to 20 times that of bottled tea (third party verified). Its potent, powerful, and also a great way to hack hydration in a healthy way.
Note: Pique Tea’s Mint Green, has the lowest caffeine content and tastes just as good both cold and hot if you want a little less caffeine.
Source of l-theanine
Tea contains an amino acid called l-theanine which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier. It significantly increases alpha activity in the brain which in turn increases alertness, helps improve memory and creativity. Activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA is also increased, which has anti-anxiety effects. The combination of caffeine and l-theanine in tea work synergistically together to improve brain function.
The l-theanine molecules neutralize the jittery and edgy effects of caffeine, without affecting your focus and clarity. You’re essentially getting the best of both worlds in every serving! Drinking tea also produces the same chemical and neurological effects as entering a deep meditative state. It’s no wonder why Buddhist monks were so attached to tea not only for medicinal purposes, but also during long hours of meditation to stimulate and sharpen their senses.
Lastly, drinking 3 cups of tea a day will not break the bank. Teas can much more affordable than coffee, and you can get a diverse and healthy selection for a reasonable price to supply your 3 cups a day routine. Also, a cup of tea typically contains much less caffeine to a cup of coffee – about 10 mg to 50 mg – compared to a cup of ten times as much.
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