Having just emerged from the worst of the pandemic, there's an urgent need for us all to get fitter and healthier. As a result, the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP) has just published – TAKE 5 - How Actioning Just 5 Health Hacks Can Unlock Your Better Self. This report distils the science into five simple, effective lifestyle hacks that we can all do and includes simple diet strategies such as drinking black or green tea daily to help boost our intakes of polyphenols, as well as our health. These are natural bioactive plant compounds which help to stabilise blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation. A study in BMJ Open found that drinking at least three cups of tea daily reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 16%[i].
Other research in TAKE 5 looks at how tea works on the heart and vessels too and how polyphenols also help to lower blood pressure and fight oxidation – a process which damages our cells if we don't eat enough antioxidant-rich foods. And what's good for the heart is also good for the brain as studies show that drinking tea – especially black tea – can have a positive effect on cognitive function (attention, mind wandering, and focus), mental wellbeing (stress and mood), and brain blood flow. Even just one or two cups a day provided some benefits according to studies.
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