Nutritionists can often surprise their clients with their fondness for tea.
It may sometimes be supposed that all dietitians and health professionals must profess a stern disapproval of the stuff, simply because it contains caffeine – or because it is popularly served with milk and sugar.
And whilst it is true that the most healthy forms of tea are to be found unsweetened, it may come as a revelation to discover that actually, yes, even nutritionists enjoy a cup of tea – whether that be as iced tea or as a hot beverage!
Here’s why tea is so beloved by the health industry – and the general public alike!
Tea Helps Reduce Cancer Risk
Although there is yet to be conclusive proof over the definitive and quantifiable benefits of green tea on cancer, there is proof with animals.
At the moment, the National Cancer Institute is not actively promoting the use of tea as a tool in the fight against cancer. However, this doesn’t mean that tea shouldn’t be embraced as something which can contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle.
And there has been some evidence to suggest that imbibing enough green tea can help, when it comes to lessening the chances of colon cancer. However, the patient must be quite fond of the green stuff, as they have to drink rather a lot of it for it to be effective!
Colon cancer is not the only cancer to be potentially lessened, as a hazard, by the consumption of green tea.
There may be some hope for lowering the risks of lung cancer as well. However, the conclusions from the trials and studies have been varied.
In two thirds of the studies conducted (eight out of the twelve undertaken) there was indeed shown to be a lower risk of lung cancer, where green tea was consumed.
Unfortunately, the findings cannot be completely verified as two studies saw no overall benefit and out of the studies, two appeared to show a correlation between consumption and an increased risk of the cancer.
Similarly, for breast cancer, the findings have been inconclusive. Out of eight studies, in five of them there was found to be no notable reduction in the instances of the disease amongst green tea drinkers. However, in three of the studies there was found to be a beneficial effect.
At the present time of writing, it is hard to draw any solid conclusions between the use of green tea and the lowering of any of the most prevalent forms of cancer.
Tea Helps The Heart
Tea is known for the benefits it brings to the heart. But it is green tea which is the best.
The active ingredients in green tea are the flavonoids. This acts to stop the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and brings down clots in the blood. It has been proven to guard against some types of cardiovascular disease.
The most effective cardiovascular disease reduction associated with drinking green tea regularly was in stroke prevention.
Thirteen studies into green tea found that it lowered blood pressure as well as LDL cholesterol.
One Chinese study, completed in 2015, revealed that by the benefits of green tea included a lower risk of fatality from cardiovascular problems.
Tea Helps With Weight Loss
Finally, the one that health professionals might find makes their clients and patients sit up and take notice;
There is some evidence that tea – specifically matcha green tea – can be used in the fight against obesity.
However, these findings have to be severely qualified.
The main advantage of modest green tea consumption for the patient hoping to achieve weight loss, may simply be as a calorie free alternative to other, higher calorie, drinks.
Even so, this may make it a good recommendation for any clients struggling with their weight.
Furthermore, there are some positive links between some of the key components in tea and weight loss – these are namely caffeine and the catechins which are to be found in green tea.
But if your clients are hoping that drinking green tea on its own will be a silver bullet for weight loss, they are likely to be disappointed – diet and exercise are still the best ways to achieve and maintain a healthy weight!