What are antioxidants and how do they contribute to our overall health?

Antioxidants is a word that is commonly used in the health space, but do we really know how they contribute to our overall health? We hope by the end of this post you will gain a better overall understanding of antioxidants and how consuming tea can assist in gaining its health benefits.

What antioxidants are in Tea?

Tea primarily consists of the antioxidant Flavonoids which is found in the Camellia Sinensis tea plant . What are Flavonoids you might ask? Flavonoids form part of the antioxidant family providing the human body with anti inflammatory and immune system benefits. Similar to other antioxidants they play their part in fighting off free radicals.

What are free radicals?

We can't discuss the benefits of antioxidants without further explaining free radicals and their part in the human body. Free radicals are your bodies reaction to everyday toxins. Some examples of these toxins can include;

  • Environmental toxins
  • UV exposure
  • Allergens
  • Germs
  • Irritants
  • Consumption of certain foods such as refined and processed foods, artificial sweeteners and additives.

Your body will naturally produce antioxidants to fight off these free radicals. If the free radicals outweigh the antioxidants your body will have unfavourable health responses.

Tea is one of the ways to increase your bodies natural antioxidant levels. 

Which teas are higher in antioxidants?

The teas that are highest in antioxidants are green (jasmine green, matcha green tea), black (breakfast and earl grey), and oolong teas. This is due to these teas being produced from the Camellia Sinensis tea plant which contains high amounts of antioxidants.

Why does loose leaf tea provide more antioxidants than mass produced tea bags?

Mass produced tea bags commonly have small particles of the tea leaf in them. Loose leaf tea allows you to consume the benefits from the whole tea leaf. You can then experience the full bodied flavours and aromas of the tea. More importantly in this case, absorb the full health benefits of antioxidants.

Antioxidants form a large component of why you should consume loose leaf tea.

Keep an eye for next weeks post where we discuss some of the other benefits that different teas can offer.

Become a fresher and healthier you with loose leaf tea.

Tea Place Australia

 

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