5 Cups Of Tea A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
Besides being super tasty, do you know that tea offers up a whole host of healthy benefits for the drinker – one of which is a potent immune system boost. Tea comes in as the second most consumed beverage in the world, next to water. It is no surprise why!
Tea comes in as the second most consumed beverage in the world, next to water. It is no surprise why!
Besides being super tasty, tea offers up a whole host of healthy benefits for the drinker – one of which is a potent immune system boost.
It is a well-known fact that polyphenols, i.e. the antioxidants found in plants are what gives tea its immune-boosting superpowers. One particular type of polyphenols in particular – catechins – are wonderful for killing influenza viruses.
p.s. For that extra virus blasting kick, add lemon and honey in together with your tea!
Lay off the milk though, because the protein in it will bind to the polyphenols, making them ineffective.
Honey and lemon provide a wonderful addition to tea’s natural immunopowers!
Another recent study conducted by Jack F. Bukowski, published in the online journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, discovered that the compound “alkylamine” - abundantly available in tea can also help prime the body’s immune system to fight off infections. Alkylamines are also present in bacteria, cancerous cells, parasits, fungi and other disesase causing microbes. In the same way an immunity shot preps the body to ward off stronger disease causing agents, drinking tea also teaches immune cells to recognize and remember alyklamines. The alyklamines found in tea are relatively weak, and don’t fully activate the immune system, but they do prep it to be in a state of readiness when a full-blown infection does occur.
The experiment, conducted on human volunteers, proved that the immune system of tea drinkers responded five time faster and more aggressively to germs than the blood cells of non-tea drinkers.
5 cups of tea a day really does keep the doctor away!