Mind. Body. Tea. (Part 4): Flavanoids for Wellness.
Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!
Welcome to Part 4 of our blog series: Mind. Body. Tea.If you have read Parts 1, 2 & 3 (if you haven't, you can check out Part 1 , Part 2 & Part 3) of our blog series then you know a healthy body and mind are the most significant part of leading a happy life.
In this article we will talk about flavanoids and their benefits.
Picture of a tea plantation on a bright sunny day
Healthy can be tasty, proof is in your "deliteacious" teacup!! All of us have heard for sure that a healthy diet should contain nuts, dairy, fish and lots of fruits and vegetables. Now you can add our tea and cacao (not chocolate) to that list.
Researchers have found that flavanol-rich food – tea, berries, apple and unprocessed cocoa – is a wonderful catalyst for lowering blood pressure. Flavanols are a subgroup of flavonoids, and these bioactive food components seem to push the right biological buttons to lower the risk for cardiovascular diseases.
Green tea is exceptionally high in flavonoids, that can help boost heart health by lowering blood pressure, triglycerides, bad cholesterol and reducing blood clotting.
According to recent studies, people who eat a diet rich in flavanol tend to gain less weight. Earlier studies have shown that flavonoids increase the rate at which energy is spent, decrease fat absorption and are anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative. Drink a cup of tea, and your waistline will thank you.
Flavonoids in black tea protect against flu and other viral infections, reduce inflammation, alleviate aches & pains and support a healthy immune system.
Flavanols have become important natural preventive agents due to their proven benefits on health with low toxicity and their contribution in preventing diabetes.
Assortment of tea blends
Rooibos tea contains high levels of several flavonoid antioxidants, with the green variety containing higher levels than the red. Aspalathin, a rooibos tea flavonoid, has antidiabetic potential. It may also help people with diabetes to reduce their risk of vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis, both of which play a significant role in the development of heart problems.
Choose to drink tea whenever you can, especially as a substitute to soft drinks. In the long run, drinking tea helps add up the flavonoids you get in a day's time. Remember, the longer you steep the tea, the more flavonoids you get into your brew.
The contents of this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.