Tea is a beverage many seniors enjoy that can also play a role in promoting better health in a variety of ways. Tea has an incredible history and, for many, is associated with comfort and traditions. The act of sitting down with a cup of tea can be relaxing, grounding, and comforting for older adults who have enjoyed the beverage throughout their lives. On top of the positive emotional and calming impacts that drinking tea can have for those who enjoy it, the ingredients can also provide health benefits for the body and mind.
Tea can impact the body in many ways, and some of the benefits are specific to particular kinds of tea. Below are some aspects in which tea has been generally shown to create positive impacts for health.
Tea is easy to enjoy and simple to incorporate into seniors’ everyday lives. Older adults who have trouble with caffeine may benefit from trying herbal teas instead (which can be great for sleep, digestion, nausea, and reducing stress). Sitting down with a cup of tea can be incredibly mentally relaxing, and the power of tea itself can have positive effects on the body as well as the mind.
There is a diverse range of tea types to choose from that offer various health advantages.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants which helps reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Green is also known to have a positive impact on cognition and digestion while reducing LDL cholesterol, and the risk of stroke and dementia.
Black tea typically contains the highest level of caffeine content for those looking for a little productivity boost. Black tea also has antioxidant properties to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and chronic inflammation.
Chamomile tea is often consumed for its relaxing effects. It contains an antioxidant called apigenin that binds to receptors in the brain to promote sleepiness. It is also known to benefit digestive health and control blood sugar levels.
Another tea widely consumed for its calming effects is peppermint tea. Peppermint oils are known to offer benefits such as relief from stress, nausea, stomach pain, and indigestion.
Somewhere in between black and green tea, oolong tea is known for reducing LDL cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is also widely touted for its weight-loss capabilities, reducing blood pressure, and improving sleep.