Jasmine tea is yet another type of tea that isn’t the Earl Grey or English Breakfast we normally drink and that once again has a plethora of health benefits. That said, it’s also a little less ‘unusual’ compared with what else is out there; what with it being available in most coffee shops and not technically being ‘herbal’ in nature. This makes it much more similar to the kinds of tea that most of us are used to drinking and much easier to come by. Don’t get the wrong idea though – this is still a highly beneficial tea, not to mention a delicious one!
If you’re interested in trying some different and interesting teas, whether for your health or just because you enjoy drinking hot drinks, then this is good place to start!
About Jasmine Tea
The Chinese have a long history of using different medicinal and herbal teas. Jasmine is among the first to be recorded and dates back to the Song Dynasty in the 13th Century A.D. Back then, Jasmine tea was mainly the reserve of royalty.
Jasmine tea can actually be made in a number of ways, whether as loose teas or in tea bags. They can also be rolled into different shapes, such as the ‘jasmine pearl’ – and even the leaves themselves will vary. Key to the process though is scenting the tea. This adds a pleasant aroma and makes for a delicious tea. The leaves themselves can be oolong or green tea.
But what makes jasmine tea particularly popular to this day are the many health benefits it offers….
The Health Benefits of Jasmine Tea
Jasmine tea contains large amounts of antioxidants, catechines and epicatechins. Being high in antioxidants means that it is capable of reducing the activity of free radicals. This can help to protect the cells from damage, thereby combating and preventing cancer and even slowing some of the visible signs of ageing.
One of the highest sources of antioxidants in this tea is the catechins. Catechins have been shown to be effective in combating a range of different specific diseases. Another particularly impressive form of antioxidants are the polyphenols also found in jasmine tea. These include epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. EGCG can help to reduce incidence of breast and lung cancer among others.
Jasmine tea is also effective in improving cardiovascular health. This is because it can inhibit LDL-oxidation: the inflammation of bad LDL cholesterol. This means blood can flow less restricted around the body and that your chances of suffering from stroke or heart attack are reduced.
Many people also find the smell of jasmine tea to be highly relaxing, while jasmine and other green teas may also help with glucose metabolism. Other possible benefits include antibacterial properties and reduced swelling and inflammation.
Of course, seeing as jasmine tea can be made from numerous different base teas, the specific benefits will vary from cup to cup. Take a look at the ingredients of the brand you’re buying and you’ll be able to learn more about the specific benefits you can expect to enjoy!