WHILE I’m not about to give up coffee anytime soon, I’ve come to appreciate the world of tea. There’s something completely wholesome about brewing and pouring yourself a cup, whether it be traditional English breakfast, antioxidant rich green, or delicate white tea. However, this humble drink, which has been around for centuries, does more than tantalise your tastebuds.

Here are 5 reasons get brewing.

1. Sip your way to lower stroke risk. Turns out drinking three cups of green or black tea per day can reduce your risk of stroke by 21%, according to a 2009 meta-analysis study. Cheers to that!

2. Keep your cool. Taking time for tea also means taking a moment for yourself, which can be a welcome break in our hectic lives. However, the benefits of black tea can beat stress at a chemical level, according to research. A 2006 study found that cortisol, a stress hormone, dropped back down to normal levels faster in those who drank the black brew. Too much cortisol can contribute to abdominal fat, which increases the risk of many diseases, so keeping your waistline in check with a cuppa and a healthy diet is key to success.

3. Anti ageing. If you want to slow down the ageing of your skin, then go for white tea, says a Kingston University study. It’s high antioxidant content prevents the activation of enzymes that break down elastin and collagen, helping to slow down the appearance of age-related wrinkles.

4. Fights allergies. Green tea, in particular, contains a compound called – wait for it – methylated epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which blocks one pathway involved in an allergic response. Additionally, another compound, quercetin can alleviate the histamine response, making green tea a knockout during hayfever season.

5. Burn fat. Drinking the equivalent of four cups of green tea per day can increase the body’s ability to use fat as fuel and boost muscle endurance by up to 24% due to the teas high catechins levels – another potent antioxidant found in green tea. While you still need to put the hours in at the gym, a few cups of this green goodness can lend a helping hand.

Why not check out:

Ovio Organic Tea by renowned naturopath and herbalist Anthia Koullouros

Little Wildling Tea hand blended by Lee Sutherland

The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar in Sydney

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