Lifting a cup of tea to your mouth might not burn many calories, but tea drinking can help us lose weight in other ways. Ceylon tea boosts our metabolism, meaning that we burn fat faster and more efficiently, as well as reducing fat formation and increasing fat breakdown.
Ceylon Green Tea is particularly effective at targeting weight loss. A recent scientific study showed that moderately obese consumers of green tea underwent a 4.6% reduction in body weight and a 4.48% reduction to their waistline. That’s because the green tea extract AR25 is a natural combatant of obesity, decreasing the gastrointestinal absorption of fats and stimulating thermogenesis (the dissipation of energy through heat production).
Drinking tea is good for your skin Humans have known about the medicinal benefits of tea for at least 4,000 years. The ancient Chinese medicinal manual Shennong Ben Cao Jing states that the emperor Shen Nong used green tea to treat hundreds of diseases and detoxify 72 poisons. A 16th-century Chinese materia medica describes how tea “clears the voice, gives brilliancy to the eyes, invigorates the constitution, improves mental faculties, promotes digestion, and regulates body temperature.’
Fast forward 500 years and we know that the benefits of green tea come from the fact that it is rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium and zinc, and polyphenols and tannins. Green Ceylon tea is infused with antioxidant and antibacterial properties, some of which reduce collagen loss in the skin, improving elasticity, keeping the skin taut and strong and reducing wrinkles and dryness.
One of the most noticeable benefits of Ceylon tea is that it can combat signs of premature ageing. Packed full of nutrients, Black Ceylon Tea contains three of the best vitamins for the skin – Vitamins B2, the C, and E. Studies have shown that B-complex vitamins can produce healthy new skin cells, making them ideal for scar or wound healing. Vitamins C and E are powerful antioxidants, meaning they can combat or even reverse the radical-induced oxidative damage that manifests itself as skin ageing.
Tea drinking improves heart function and reduces the risk of stroke Ceylon tea contains higher levels of potassium than teas grown in other regions. A single cup of Ceylon tea provides 25mg of potassium which is an essential mineral for a healthy heart.
As well as lowering cholesterol, potassium acts as a vasodilator, relaxing veins and arteries to reduce blood pressure and ease the load on your heart. Indeed, there’s plenty of academic research which shows that tea drinkers reap the rewards of good cardiovascular health.