Jasmine Tea Health Benefits
The health benefits of jasmine tea include helping to reduce the risk of heart attack, Build a stronger immune system this will help in the winter months, and help prevention of diabetes. It can help to prevent some forms of cancer but I think a lot more research should be carried out on this, It can improve the digestive process, and help lower cholesterol levels. It has also been found to eliminate harmful bacteria and ease chronic inflammation associated with skin conditions.
Jasmine tea cannot be considered a “herbal tea” because it is actually a green tea that is flavored with jasmine flowers to create the delicate unique scent and taste.
China has a long and famed history with tea, and jasmine is one of the most popular types of tea to emerge from this ancient tea nation. Jasmine tea first appeared in official records during the Song Dynasty, which ended in the 13th Century A.D., but at that time, it was mostly reserved for royalty. It may have originally come from Persia, through India, along with the cultural exportation of the religion Buddhism to China.
The tea can be made in a number of ways, of varying strengths and grades. As with most teas, you get what you pay for and this tea is no different. Some are made as loose-leaf teas, while others are cut up and put into tea bags. Some are rolled or bound in different shapes, like the very common “jasmine pearl”, usually composed of two tea buds and one tea leaf.
All the types, regardless of shape, need to be scented with the Jasmine flower before becoming “jasmine tea”. There are a number of methods to do this; from very simple physical mixtures to complex air filtering and aroma mixing for a pure, light taste. Jasmine tea extract can also be added to beverages in order to gain the benefits without having to brew the tea.
One of the reasons why jasmine tea has become so popular is due to its benefits to overall health, which come from the nutritional elements in the organic tea buds themselves. It is a wonderful means of adding uncommon antioxidants to your bodies system like catechins and epicatechins, which can have a wide range of beneficial effects on your body.
Health Benefits of Jasmine Tea
Along with the unique aroma of the jasmine flower and taste, jasmine tea has many beneficial qualities that help to reduce the stress and heart attack and improve the overall digestive system. Let’s take a look at them in greater detail.
Everyone is looking for the secret to reduce their weight easily and quickly well as you know there is no big secret its just a little exercise and a healthy diet, jasmine tea can be a good addition to any diet as an aid to weight loss. A 2012 study published by Dalhousie University, Canada in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Review, revealed that the antioxidant properties in jasmine tea help to increase your metabolism. (Download) This increase in the metabolic efficiency makes your exercise program much more effective and helps your body to process the nutrients far quicker. Faster or much more efficient metabolism helps with weight loss, but it must be used in addition to other weight loss techniques, and as a complementary element, not just as a stand-alone solution.
Boosts Immune System
Jasmine tea will helps to protect the bodies immune system as it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. A study published in the Journal of Life Sciences revealed that jasmine green tea is such a rich source of natural polyphenol antioxidants including primarily (-) epicatechin (EC), (-) epicatechin gallate (ECG), (-) epigallocatechin (EGC) and (-) epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). (Download) The bodies immune system is the very first line of defense against all types of illnesses, so bolstering this can benefit the body in countless ways. Many forms of cancer and carcinogenic diseases can have an immunosuppressive effect, meaning that the body’s overall immune system is compromised, making the body much more vulnerable to pathogens that complicate the treatment of cancer. Drinking jasmine tea regularly can help in strengthening the bodies immune system and help to lower the risk of such chronic diseases.
Perhaps the most positive aspect of jasmine tea is the extremely high level of antioxidants in this delicate and delicious tea beverage. The most notable antioxidants found in the jasmine tea are catechins. (Download) Green Tea is the most commonly used base flavor for jasmine tea, but depending on which type of tea is used as a base, different antioxidant properties can be accessed. For example, A Black Tea has high levels of theaflavins, while green tea has high levels of catechins.
Antioxidants work within the body to detect and destroy harmful agents or free radicals that can cause diseases and compromise the bodies immune system. Catechins, as mentioned above in this blog, are the antioxidants most jasmine tea users are seeking to have a benefit from since they have been shown to be integral in helping to prevent certain serious diseases in the body. But please don't think that any tea is a magic bullet for illness it will help aid and prevent but never cure.
Helps Prevent Some Types Of Cancer
The fight against cancer is one of the unifying health problems around the world, so anything that can help prevent cancer is always popular. A report in the American Journal of Clinic Nutrition suggests that the consumption of tea, such as jasmine tea, may help in preventing cancer. (Download) It stated that all green teas, jasmine included, have been widely shown to have cancer preventive properties, because they contain polyphenols, like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Polyphenols like EGCG are key lines of defense against free radicals and other harmful or carcinogenic invaders in the body. Green/Jasmine tea has been shown to reduce risks of breast cancer, lung cancer, and many other diseases.
Besides the addition of EGCG to the system, elements of green tea also inhibit the overexpression of dangerous enzymes commonly found in cancerous tumors and cells. We would like to see far more research on this matter.
Protects Heart Health
For those with a personal or a family history of cardiovascular issues, jasmine tea can be a great help in preventing further problems. A study in the Journal of Nutrition reveals that the catechins found in jasmine tea are one of the key factors in inhibiting LDL-oxidation, which is when “bad” cholesterol in your arteries gets inflamed after being oxidized. (Download) This inflammation of the veins and arteries can lead to heart attack or stroke in some cases. The catechins found in jasmine tea can help inhibit this oxidizing process, so blood pressure and cholesterol levels decrease, and long-term threats like heart diseases can be prevented. (Download)
In the fight against diabetes, jasmine tea has shown itself to be a valuable tool. The ability to metabolize glucose is the fundamental mechanism that causes a diabetic condition. A study published in the BMC Pharmacology stated that drinking jasmine/green tea on a regular basis can help reverse the negative effects that diabetes has on certain serum proteins, working as a regulator for those with diabetes, and as a preventive measure for those not diagnosed but still consuming it as a regular part of their health regimen. (Download)
The olfactory system is often something we overlook nowadays, but it can be an extremely powerful sense, and studies have shown that the odor of jasmine can be very beneficial in certain test subjects. (Download) Those test subjects who have a natural predilection for the smell of jasmine have a parasympathetic response to the odor and their body releases chemicals that allow them to naturally relax or improve their mood. However, the smell of jasmine is what some call “an acquired taste”, and some of the studies have shown that people who don’t enjoy the smell of jasmine can actually become anxious if exposed to it in high intensities.
Prevents Gastrointestinal Disorders
Green tea is rich in polyphenolic compounds, with catechins as its major component. According to the study published by Marcel W.L. (Download) Koo, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong in the European Journal of Pharmacology, catechins present in jasmine tea have an extremely positive effect on multiple areas of the bodies overall health, including the gastrointestinal system. They activate a number of intracellular antioxidants and interact well with the gastrointestinal enzymes to promote healthy and regular bowel function. Thus, adding jasmine tea to your normal diet can improve your chances of having a healthy stomach, better digestion, and help prevent some forms of gastrointestinal forms of cancer.
One of the positive effects of jasmine tea is the reduction in chronic discomfort associated with joint pains and arthritis this can have an effect the young as well as older people. (Download) The anti-inflammatory nature of certain organic elements in the jasmine tea can help reduce the swelling and inflammation of joints by inhibiting unwanted cellular oxygenation.
Jasmine tea, which is occasionally formed by simply adding Jasmine essential oils to the tea buds, can help provide a defense against bacterial infections, making jasmine tea an unexpected antibiotic that you can safely add to your diet. A study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences has shown that the properties (Download) of jasmine oil can eliminate the effects of E. coli in certain test subjects, which can be a very dangerous bacterium commonly found in poorly preserved, prepared food or unsanitary cooking conditions. It may also provide relief from a cough, cold, throat infections, and issues with the skin.
Side Effects of Jasmine Tea
Pregnancy: Although many aromatherapy techniques are popular during pregnancy, the strong odor and chemicals of jasmine tea are not recommended while you are pregnant. There have been cases where the use of jasmine tea or essential jasmine oil (sometimes used to make jasmine tea) has caused premature contractions in pregnant women. Consult your doctor before adding this tea to your diet.
Intestinal discomfort: Many people choose to use jasmine tea to boost their metabolism or even as a workout aid to stimulate additional weight loss, but it is highly acidic, so consuming it on an empty stomach to spur on weight loss or metabolic function can cause intestinal pain or discomfort.
Caffeine: Despite its relaxing and mood-altering properties, jasmine tea is a source of caffeine, which is a stimulant that affects people in different ways. Caffeine is meant to block certain neurotransmitters in the brain, which cause the feelings of alertness or energy that most people want from caffeine. However, some people are very sensitive to the effects of caffeine, particularly in large doses. Consult your doctor or use your experience with other caffeinated products before adding jasmine tea to your diet or buy a caffeine-free version of jasmine tea instead. Loose-leaf varieties of jasmine tea are typically not available without caffeine, but teabag varieties are.