Tea Constituents

Tea is not just a comforting beverage but has remarkable health benefits for people to have been drinking it for centuries.

Tea contains naturally occurring chemicals such as antioxidants, amino acids, caffeine, vitamins and minerals.

Antioxidants are substances that help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals, which may contribute to numerous health problems, including cardiovascular, cancer, degenerative diseases and premature ageing.

Flavonoids are a type of antioxidants that are found in different types of tea. For example, Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is mainly found in green tea, whereas theaflavins and thearubigins are found in black tea.

Extensive scientific research suggests that drinking tea with its high antioxidant levels may help reduce the risk of heart diseases, promote healthy circulation, help weight management, benefit oral health by lowering the chance of cavities and gum diseases, strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis.

Caffeine, a bitter compound stimulates the nervous system and promotes mental alertness and cognitive performances. Caffeine content in tea, when consumed in moderation can help improve mental focus, reduce sluggishness and fatigue and improve mental alertness.

The antioxidants in tea bind with caffeine when infused in water, to help regulate the slow release of caffeine, so these effects last longer. L-theanine, a unique amino acid found in tea, influences dopamine and serotonin, affecting the mood, increases the alpha brain-waves activity to help relax the mind, and also works synergistically with caffeine to promote mental focus, alertness and energy.

Caffeine content in Tea and Coffee

Beverage

Serving size

Caffeine content

Black Tea

8 oz (237mL), 1 cup

25 – 48 mg

Green Tea

8 oz (237mL), 1 cup

24 – 59 mg

Brewed Coffee

8 oz (237mL), 1 cup

95 - 165mg

Reference: Mitchell DC, et al. Beverage caffeine intakes in the U.S. Food and Chemical Toxicology. 2014;63:136.

Overall, drinking tea contributes towards wellness, when consumed in moderation. Tea is the second most consumed beverage after water, making it so versatile and a healthy choice for hydration.

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