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The Benefits of Tea: Is It Good for You?

Tea can contribute to your everyday wellbeing. Read up on the positive effect it can have on body and mind

A Friend With Many Benefits

At Dragonfly, we are deeply rooted in the tea drinking experience – the taste, culture and enjoyment celebrated in every cup, and the time taken to press pause and reconnect. But ever since tea was first discovered, it has also been used as a medicinal herb and prized for its health-giving properties. Today, an increasing amount of scientific research testifies to the positive effects the little green leaf can have on body and mind, from hydration and brain function to heart health and blood glucose control.

Antioxidants, Vitamins & Minerals

Antioxidants have been linked to a range of health benefits, from the prevention of things like cardiovascular disease to the delaying of the ageing process. These compounds, which are widely present in the tea leaf in the form of polyphenols, help counter the harmful effects of ‘free radicals’ and decrease cell damage in the body. Tea is also a source of vitamin C, B1 and B6, and as well as the minerals manganese, essential for bone growth, and potassium, vital for maintaining body fluid levels.

Caffeine & L-Theanine

Unlike herbal infusions, all traditional teas – whether green, black, or white – naturally contain caffeine. Yet while tea is known to give you a bit of a lift, it feels very different to the more jittery stimulation produced by coffee. This is because tea also contains a unique amino-acid called L-theanine, which increases relaxation and slows the release of caffeine into the body. When working together, caffeine and L-theanine produce a gently sustained effect we call ‘relaxed alertness’ which can help increase focus and improve mood.

Mental Health & Tea Meditation

We all know that ‘taking a breather’ can be incredibly helpful for our wellbeing and mental health. This is the principle behind mindfulness, the idea that pausing and allowing our minds to quieten for a period of time can have a restorative effect on our physiology and our mood. ‘Tea mindfulness’ is a simple way to incorporate this practice into our everyday lives. By using the experience of making and drinking tea to slow down, engage the senses and be present, we can find a little peace, enjoyment and comfort.

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