If you have been immersed in tea culture for very long, or merely enjoy a cup a day, then you are probably familiar with Earl Grey tea, or the very least have heard of it. But did you know that Earl Grey is packed full of health benefits?
It makes you happy
The main ingredient in Earl Grey tea that lends its distinctive flavor is called Bergamot, which is an oil derived from the rind of a dwarf variety of the Seville orange. This citrus oil has been known to reduce stress, anxiety, as well as alleviate depression and mood swings. So sip on a cup of Earl Grey tea the next time you are stressed out and feel your body relax and your mind be eased by its calming effects.
Good for the ticker
The Bergamot in Earl Grey tea has also been seen to significantly lower cholesterol. An enzyme called HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones) searches through the body to find the proteins that cause heart disease, destroying them in the process.
Beneficial for those pearly whites
The catechin antioxidants in Earl Grey tea are high in concentration, which is great for fighting oral bacteria, preventing infections. Additionally, there is naturally occurring fluoride in Earl Grey, which aids in the protection of tooth decay and cavities.
Eases stomach discomfort
Like many teas, Earl Grey tea is a good and natural remedy for digestive ailments such as nausea, acid reflux, and constipation.
If you are looking for a tea that can improve immunity function within your body, Earl Grey is at the top of the list. This is likely due to the Bergamot oil that is contained in the tea, which in combination with the tea’s natural antioxidants can eliminate free radicals that are harmful to your body. These antioxidants promote some beneficial properties, such as reducing fevers and fighting infections.
Like many black teas, the caffeine in Earl Grey tea is enough to get you going without the crash associated with other caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, which has about double the caffeine content. Because of its lower caffeine content, Earl Grey could also be enjoyed in the evening without keeping you awake all night, like soda or coffee.
The next time you make up a batch of iced tea, use Earl Grey instead. Packed with antioxidants, nutrients, and its citrusy flavor, Earl Grey tea makes an excellent substitute for sports drinks or juices. Just pass on the sugar, so you can reap the benefits of this healthy beverage.
The free radicals that can damage your body from the inside can also cause severe damage on the surface. Some of the main causes of skin cancer and premature aging are due to the effects of free radicals. Combat that by drinking Earl Grey tea, of which its antioxidants seeks and destroys those free radicals, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of healthy skin.
Natural defense against colds
It is common knowledge that there really is not a cure for the common cold, in fact most doctors will tell you it just needs to run its course. However, there are ways to prevent contracting colds as well as reducing their life cycle. Earl Grey tea, or more accurately the Bergamot oil contained in it, offers anti-viral properties that provide the boost your immune system needs to fight off colds and even the flu. When you feel that tickle in your throat start coming on, start steeping a cup of Earl Grey tea!