The Sweet Smell of Jasmine Tea
The rich, floral and sweet smell of jasmine has captivated humans for thousands of years. So it’s no surprise that the fragrant yellow and white flowers are a favorite in green teas, served both hot and cold. But the sweet smell of jasmine tea is only one reason to consider adding it to your repertoire of teas. Jasmine tea also offers surprising health benefits. Read on to learn why something that smells so good is also so good for you.
Jasmine Green Tea Contains Powerful Micro-Nutrients in the Form of Polyphenols
Polyphenols are incredible plant-based micro-nutrients that have been relentlessly studied. The findings have concluded that polyphenols help your body fend off oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Polyphenols are found in tea, vegetables, berries, red wine, and even dark chocolate.
Oxidative stress on the cells leads to cell damage and early cell death. Unfortunately, free radicals are virtually everywhere. The damage to the cells caused by free radicals is believed to be responsible for various chronic conditions and diseases. To that end, research has concluded that individuals who eat (and drink) a diet rich in polyphenols (650+ milligrams per day) have a lower risk of death than people who consume less than 500 mg/day.
Polyphenols in Tea: Health Benefits
Because polyphenols help to prevent or reverse damage to cells, their role in preventing cell damage has a positive impact on nearly every system in the body.
Polyphenols have been shown to help regulate blood pressure while helping vessels to remain strong and flexible—essential for good circulation. Moreover, these mighty micro-nutrients can help decrease inflammation, a known risk factor for heart disease. Finally, polyphenols are believed to help prevent blood clots from forming.
Studies suggest that polyphenols in green teas such as jasmine tea are responsible for helping your body produce good gut bacteria. They also fight off harmful bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and C. difficile. Science also points to polyphenols as a likely source for helping probiotics thrive in the gut.
Scientists aren’t sure why, but polyphenol-rich foods and beverages correlate with improved brain function. This is likely because they help with circulation, ensuring your brain receives the oxygen-rich and nutrient-rich blood it needs for optimal performance. But emerging science demonstrates a link between improved focus, concentration, and memory in those who consume polyphenol-rich foods.
Blood Sugar Regulation
For millions of Americans with diabetes, jasmine green tea can be a helpful tool to regulate blood sugar levels. It may also help prevent diabetes. These health benefits are partly because polyphenols are likely to prevent starch from breaking down into simple sugars. These plant-based compounds are also thought to stimulate the production and secretion of insulin, which is vital to maintaining safe blood sugar levels.
Shop for Jasmine Tea
The sweet smell and richly aromatic taste of jasmine tea may initially draw you in. But the hidden health benefits will likely make it a staple in your tea catalog. If you’re new to jasmine green tea, consider starting with either loose leaf organic green tea or Jasmine Tea Pearls that can be brewed right in your cup. Contact Oregon Tea Traders today with any questions.