Jasmine is referred to as the “Queen of Flowers”, not just for its exhilarating beauty and fragrance, but also for the many health benefits. India and China today are the top producers of this beautiful flower that is versatile – offering several uses including being good for health, especially as a tea.
Jasmine tea is a blend of jasmine flowerets and loose-leaf green tea. This tea has a delicate taste that is exciting and refreshing. With the several healthy reasons to drink Jasmine tea, it makes sense to add this tea to your diet – a cup or two!
Healthy Reasons to Drink Jasmine Tea
- Elevates Energy Levels
Jasmine tea is a blend of ‘true’ teas and the jasmine flower. True teas are those made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant – black, white, or green – and hence contain natural caffeine. Caffeine is an instant energy and mood booster, with the amount of it in Jasmine tea just enough to increase focus and alertness. Jasmine tea contains 15–60 mg of caffeine per 237ml cup. The amount of caffeine depends on how long the leaves are steeped and which tea is the base.
- Help with Weight Loss
With green tea as a base, Jasmine tea helps to accelerate the metabolism, thereby enabling the faster processing of nutrients and macronutrients. Regular consumption of this tea enables a higher resting metabolic rate, which means that even while resting the body burns fat and calories. Additionally, Jasmine tea is a low-calorie beverage, however, adding a sweetener or milk would increase the calorie count.
- Possible Prevention of Cancer
Scientific evidence shows the positive effects of Jasmine tea on preventing cancer, by combating free radicals. Jasmine tea is packed with antioxidants that fight toxins and pollutants of all types, which if left unchecked can cause cell abnormalities linked to cancer and neurological diseases. Jasmine green tea contains high amounts of polyphenols and the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), while Jasmine black tea contains a very high amount of theaflavins. These are known to prevent cancer and restrict cell proliferation, which helps to retard the spread of cancerous/mutated cells.
- Promotes a Healthy Heart
A healthy heart is critical to a better quality of life and a longer life span. Drinking Jasmine tea keeps the heart healthy while bringing down the risk of potentially lethal heart diseases. The antioxidants in this tea keep bad cholesterol levels in check, which could otherwise lead to poor cardiovascular health – such as high blood pressure, strokes, blood clots, and heart attacks.
- Elevates Immune System
Jasmine tea has high levels of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which boost the immune system and protect the body from seasonal and chronic illnesses. It also contains large amounts of vitamins and minerals that elevate the immune system. The titillating aroma enables relaxation, which also helps elevate immunity.
- Alleviates Stress
The strong yet pleasant fragrance of Jasmine tea serves as a mood elevator and a stress buster. Pleasant smells have an uplifting effect on one’s mood and promote a feeling of relaxation, which can make one feel better after a tiring day.
There are several more healthy reasons to drink Jasmine tea, while enjoying its pleasant taste and smell. However, given that it contains caffeine, moderation is necessary and it is essential to consult your doctor before adding anything to your diet. Wishing you health and a ‘fragrant’ life!
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