Why You Should Add Tea to Your Daily Health Routine

What comes to mind when you think about a cup of tea? Tea is often portrayed as a beverage of comfort and calm in our favorite books, TV shows and movies. It is often used as a beverage of hospitality, to aid in meditation and help with focus. However, you shouldn’t limit tea to just a beverage of warmth and contemplation. It’s a drink that many around the world consume on a daily basis for enjoyment and good health.

According to the Statista Research Department, global consumption of tea hit 6.68 billion kilograms (approximately 7.36 million tons) in 2022 and is expected to hit 7.4 billion kilograms by 2025. The country of Turkey was given the distinction of being the largest tea-consuming country in the world per capita at 6.04 lbs.

In the United States, tea consumption may not be as high on a per capita basis, but according to the Tea Association of the U.S.A., overall consumption was still quite high at around 85 billion servings in 2021. Perhaps the beverage is popular because scientists have discovered that tea can do more than fight the chill of a cold winter’s night. In fact, tea may offer a number of health benefits.

Let’s dive into a few reasons why you should add tea to your daily routine!

Ground Tea Leaves


Tea, which is derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, contains an abundance of bioflavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants. Of particular interest to researchers is a group of flavonoids called catechins, the most significant of which is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

What’s all the excitement over catechins? They have demonstrated an ability to inhibit the production of peroxides and free radicals, which are responsible for damaging cellular material, including DNA and RNA. The catechin content varies between teas because they are processed differently:

  • Black Tea

    Black tea (also known as pekoe or orange pekoe) contains more of the secondary flavonoids theaflavin and thearubigin because the leaves are allowed to ferment before drying, which promotes the oxidation of catechins.

  • Green Tea

    Green Tea undergoes a special steaming process without fermentation, which prevents oxidation from taking place.

  • White Tea

    White Tea is the least processed, meaning that it contains the highest concentration of preserved catechins than all other teas.

Studies on these antioxidants and their interactions with the human body have shown some promising results. While research is ongoing, we want to take a look at some of the potential benefits you can see when drinking tea!


Researchers have been studying the health benefits of tea for the last 30 years. Here’s a brief summary of a few beneficial effects they’ve found:

#1. Anticancer Activity

In a series of Mayo Clinic studies, researchers found that EGCG in green tea was able to reduce the number of leukemia cells in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The patients who participated in these studies were in the early stages of CLL, but it was encouraging to see positive results from the use of EGCG. Other studies have shown that EGCG combined with chemotherapeutic drugs reduced tumors better than green tea or drugs alone.

#2. Cholesterol control and blood pressure reduction

High cholesterol levels and blood pressure are both contributing factors to a number of heart diseases and health problems. Epigallocatechin gallate, as well as other catechin polyphenols, may reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is considered the “bad” kind of cholesterol that contributes to the formation of arterial plaque. EGCG has also demonstrated an ability to reduce blood pressure.

#3. Fat-burning Effects

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that green tea may play a role in fat and carbohydrate oxidation. Researchers compared the green tea extract (GTE)* to equivalent amounts of caffeine and ephedrine to see if the catechins and flavonoids made an impact on the body’s thermogenesis. The GTE was found to be more effective than its competition in producing a thermogenic effect on fat tissue.

Tea being poured into a cup


In the United States, coffee is undeniably a staple in many daily routines, with millions relying on its caffeine boost to kick-start their day. However, this widespread consumption of coffee also brings with it concerns about excessive caffeine intake, potential increases in anxiety, and sleep disturbances.

This is where tea, as a healthier alternative, can play a pivotal role. While tea still offers a comforting warmth and a mild caffeine lift, it is generally lower in caffeine compared to coffee, reducing the risk of overstimulation and sleep issues. Additionally, the diverse range of teas available, from the mild and fragrant white tea to the robust black varieties, means there's a flavor to suit every palate.

The health benefits of tea, such as its high antioxidant content, potential to lower cholesterol levels, and even aid in weight management*, further bolster its appeal as a coffee alternative. Not only can making the switch to tea contribute to improved health outcomes, but it also offers a moment of tranquility in our fast-paced lives, aligning with a more mindful approach to wellness.

Tea in a mug

Obviously, there is more to be read into tea leaves as research continues into the future. Developing a love for tipping the cup may go a long way toward protecting your future health. If you’re interested in brewing a batch for yourself, check out our guide to teas, how to brew and tasty tea recipes.

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