Top 5 Health Benefits of English Breakfast Tea

Whether you drink it as your traditional morning pick-me-up, your afternoon brew with your favourite biscuit , or your evening de-stress and wind-down -good ole English Breakfast Tea can be everyone’s favourite cuppa tea! A blend of Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas, English Breakfast is a very popular full-bodied hot beverage, loaded with delicious flavour and overflowing with health benefits. Read on to find out how good it really is with these Top 5 Health Benefits of English Breakfast Tea!

1. Antioxidant properties

English Breakfast Tea is full of antioxidants with very positive health properties, which play an important role in maintaining our physical and mental health. These antioxidants present in the blend work to promote overall health, whilst reducing cell damage. Be mindful when adding in milk however, as this lowers the antioxidant levels- opt for lower fat milks or even try a squeeze of honey and lemon instead to sweeten it up. This way you will get you the most out of your hot mug.

2. Heart healthy

Some of the antioxidants present in black tea, known as flavonoids (plant compounds) have been linked to improved heart health. This is due to their ability to help prevent plaque formation in your artery walls. These compounds have been found effective in reducing inflammation in blood vessels, which as a result , lowers blood pressure helping to prevent blood clots. This in turn reduces the risk of strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications. Cholesterol levels can also be reduced.

3. Helps reduce cancer risks

As well as improved heart health, the ingredients in English Breakfast Tea can also reduce the risk of cancer, with its high levels of antioxidants. Another group of antioxidants present, polyphenols, can prevent cancer cell development and reduce their spread and survival.

4. Improved focus and concentration

English Breakfast Tea is a great source of mental nutrition. Its combination of caffeine and L-Theanine (a naturally occurring amino acid) can improve mental stimulation and concentration. L-Theanine increases alpha activity in the brain, making you more alert and focused. The caffeine present, acts as a stimulator, improving memory and learning.

5. Supports relaxation

Drinking tea can also aid a more relaxed state, reducing levels of stress and anxiety. It can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in a calming effect- a great stress down!

It’s been around forever and drunk worldwide anytime of day for a reason. As well as a civilised source of hydration, tea possesses a vast host of health benefits. Easy to make, have it as strong or as milky as you like (everyone has their preference); it will warm you up on a cold winter’s day or cool you down on a scorching summer’s day, reducing your body temperature. It’s a delicious way to maintain a healthy body and mind. Someone, pass the teapot!

So, what’s your favourite tea – what infusion gets you feeling energised, mentally refreshed, or mellowed out? Let us know in the comments below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. Check out these other teas while your tea brews…and then…let’s get going to Keep YOUR Fit ON!

Cordelia Aspinall

Cordelia has recently graduated from the University of Bristol, and is currently a Freelance Writer with a burning interest in health and fitness. She's a running addict, a yoga bunny and Zumba enthusiast who loves cooking and trying out new recipes. For her, life is all about happiness and she strongly believes that a healthy lifestyle is all about balance -go for a run then eat that cake! She also advocates the benefits of exercise on your physical and mental health as a great way to clear your head whilst challenging yourself. Her next goal: the London Marathon!

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