Protection against premature aging, cancer and heart disease are just three of the many jasmine tea benefits.
The good news is you do not have to be a tea drinker or even like tea to reap these health benefits because jasmine tea can be used in cooking just as you would any herb or cooking ingredient.
Jasmine tea is made by combining the jasmine flowers with any one of the four types of tea: black, green, white or oolong (sometimes referred to as wulong) with the most common combination being the flowers and green or oolong teas. The tannic acids in teas are antioxidants; antioxidants reduce or repair the damage caused by the free radicals that accelerate aging. How do antioxidants do that? They work by reducing the damage done to the body by various by-products that are created when the body uses oxygen.
While research is ongoing, many experts in the field of health feel that there is evidence that antioxidants such as those found in tea polyphenols are cancer protective because they are so effective at combating and neutralizing free radicals. In addition to causing the cells to age faster, free radicals cause DNA and cell damage or death. It is important to note these are opinions based on clinical research done to date; future research may alter or even disprove these theories.
Can sipping jasmine tea reduce your risk of heart disease? Heres what a report from the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) has to say, In fact, researchers estimate that the rate of heart attack decreases by 11% with consumption of 3 cups of tea per day. However, the same report goes on to say the FDA does not believe there is enough clinical evidence to support this claim so you will have to make this decision on your own.
In the same UMMC report, it states that there is strong clinical evidence for the following heart health benefits from green tea:
- Lowers bad cholesterol (low density lipoproteins or LDL)
- Raises good cholesterol (high density lipoproteins or HDL)
- Lowers heart rate
Other Jasmine Tea Benefits
In addition to the three main benefits of jasmine tea (when made from a combination of green teas and jasmine flowers), this nutritional powerhouse is used in traditional Chinese medicine as follows:
- As an astringent, diuretic or stimulant
- To improve digestion and concentration
- To reduce stress
Here are some ideas to help you get the greatest jasmine tea benefits:
Referring back to the UMMC document, if you are looking for a tea with the highest amount of beneficial antioxidants, pick green tea. Choosing a jasmine tea made with green tea give you the best of both worlds fragrant, aromatic tea that is loaded with antioxidants.
Substitute brewed tea for the liquid in any recipe; rice dishes and puddings are especially tasty when prepared this way. Prepare nonfat instant dry milk powder by using the brewed tea instead of water, and use the tea milk in your recipes. Grind the dry tea and combine with other herbs and spices to create seasoning rubs for meats.
Tea is an herb and just like any herbal supplement, it may cause reactions in some individuals or interact with other prescription medications that are used. Individuals should seek the advice of their personal health care provider before starting or stopping the use of tea or other herbal supplements.
Other Herbal Teas You Might Like
Jasmine tea is not the only herbal tea with lots of health benefits to offer. For instance, banaba leaf tea can help stabilize blood sugar levels for diabetics, while peppermint tea may be just the thing for those with colds or the flu. By trying several varieties of herbal teas, you can find the ones that suit your and your health the best.
The information presented here is for educational purposes only and it not intended as a substitution for medical advice from a health care professional.
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