In honor of National Hot Tea Month (January), let’s look at some health benefits of drinking hot tea.

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1. Enhances your eye health Thanks to the antioxidants found in green and white teas, you can improve your eye health and help prevent serious eye-related complications, just by sipping a hot cup of tea.

2. Reduces your risk of stroke Research has shown that drinking at least three cups of green or black tea each day can lead to a 21% reduction in your risk of stroke. Catechins, a chemical compound found in green and black teas, have stroke-reducing effects on the vascular system.

3. Sharpens your memory Drinking hot tea regularly can keep your brain in tip-top shape. Studies suggest that green tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis bush helps boost cognitive functioning, including memory.

4. Prevents tooth decay You may be surprised to learn that a cup of black tea each day can reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease. Research shows that enzyme-rich compounds can prevent plaque and bacteria from forming on teeth and gums.

5. Improves your digestion Herbal teas, like chamomile, mint, rosemary, and lavender can improve your digestive health. The infusions and mixtures of herbs can be an effective treatment for gas, indigestion, constipation, and other digestive symptoms.

6. Reduces your blood pressure If you are searching for a natural way to reduce your blood pressure, look to the plant-based antioxidants, called flavonoids, found in green tea. Research shows that drinking just a half-cup of antioxidant-rich green tea each day can reduce high blood pressure risk by almost 50%.

7. Strengthens your immune system A stronger immune system can protect you from the cold, flu and other illnesses. One way to give it a boost is to take in the powerful antioxidant blend found in green or chamomile tea as part of your everyday routine.

8. Curbs stress and anxiety Drinking hot tea has a naturally calming effect. Enjoying a cup requires us to sit, slow down, and relax – all of which are natural weapons against stress and anxiety. The key to feeling stress- and anxiety-free is to go for caffeine-free herbal teas, such as peppermint and passionflower.

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These health benefits of drinking hot tea can help you feel your best – from the inside out. Try taking time out each day to enjoy this naturally delicious and beneficial hot beverage.

Blog written by Debi Kopman, Life Enrichment Director for Sonoma Hills Retirement