As the second most drank beverage in the world(after water), tea is consumed by millions of people across the globe every day. The origins of tea drinking dates back thousands of years when Buddhist monks in China discovered the benefits of steeping the leaves from the Camellia sinensis plantin water. The naturally occurring L-theanine and caffeine assisted the monks in maintaining their alertness during hours of meditation.
Herbalists then also discovered the multiple health benefits associated with the consumption of tea. The ritual of drinking and enjoying tea began spreading throughout Asia and then slowly to the rest of the world.
Here in the West, our love affair with tea started almost 350 years ago. And, in North America, our admiration for this amazing beverage is on a marked rise. A healthy rise, that is, as our daily cup contains polyphenols, and, more specifically flavonoids antioxidants that can aid in maintaining a healthy heart.
Whether black or green, the health benefits associated with tea are many. Multiple studies have shown that people who drink black tea on a daily basis have a reduced risk of heart disease. Recent studies, however, also point out the advantages of green tea when it comes to maintaining heart health.
We invite you to celebrate heart month with a daily cup of tea. Enjoy the many different black and green teas available and take the time to enjoy a relaxing cup with friends and family. It’s for the health of your heart.
Margit and Victor grow tea culture in the Cowichan Valley. www.teafarm.ca