It's not every day that we come across a beverage that both tastes great to the senses and protects against all the major diseases that we hear about in the news. Jasmine tea is one of those special drinks whose aroma relaxes the mind and heals the brain, while also quenching the harmful chemicals that damage our bodies. The antioxidants in jasmine tea are effective against heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. More reason to have peace of mind as we take another soothing sip.
Lowering Cholesterol, Heart Attacks, and Strokes
The key ingredients in jasmine tea are anti-oxidant compounds that quench harmful molecules called free radicals. One of the types of antioxidants in jasmine tea is called catechins. Catechins block the oxidation of LDL, the "bad" cholesterol in the blood stream, meaning it prevents the LDL from being transformed into a molecule that damages blood vessels. When blood vessels are damaged by oxidized LDL, they trigger an immune response similar to why your skin swells after a bee sting. The swelling is called inflammation, and prolonged inflammation of blood vessels in your heart and brain. By lowering cholesterol and preventing prolonged inflammation of blood vessels, jasmine tea can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. (See Reference 1 for this whole section)
Diabetes results in high levels of the sugar glucose in the blood stream. High glucose can lead to many problems, such as blindness, nerve damage, and a weakened immune system. The amazing thing about drinking green tea, which jasmine tea is made of, is that it lowers glucose levels in the blood stream of diabetic humans, as reported in the journal "BMC Pharmacology." This study confirmed what has been known from previous epidemiology studies, that people who drank green tea had lower rates of Type 2 Diabetes. (See Reference 2 for this whole section)
One specific type of antioxidant in jasmine tea is called epigallocatechin gallate, otherwise known as EGCG. Not only does this molecule protect against naturally occurring free radicals in the body, but it also quenches free radicals from cancer-causing chemicals in the foods that we eat (See Reference 1). A study in the journal "Nutrition" showed that those who regularly drank tea had lower rates of cancer in their esophagus, otherwise known as the food pipe (See Reference 3). Green tea and jasmine tea has been shown to reduce the risk of other cancers, too, such as breast cancer, lung cancer, and blood cancer (See Reference 1 and 5).
Enhancing Mental Health
Aside from protecting against physical ailments, the chemicals in jasmine tea have mental and emotional benefits. The fragrant aroma of jasmine tea relaxes the mind, while the chemicals in jasmine tea can relax the skin when applied like an ointment (See Reference 4). Jasmine tea contains caffeine, which causes alertness and enhances a person's focus. In addition to reducing aggression and improving sleep, the ingredients in jasmine tea also act as an antidepressant, making people happier (See Reference 6).