As we move into some of the gloomier months of winter, many will be counting the days until Spring arrives. For some, January and February are known as prime months for catching colds and generally feeling a little worse for wear.

With the likes of the flu and other unpleasant illnesses circulating around our communities, avoiding ‘the sniffles’ is a challenge at this time of year – but what if your daily cups of tea could help combat this? studies have shown that tea can improve your Immune System.

Our immune systems are considered the gatekeepers to good health. They are responsible for warding off bacterial, fungal and viral infections that cause diseases and illnesses.

Immune system impairment can cause a variety of issues including a greater susceptibility to infection, which without the proper care, is a likely outcome as the cold weather sets in across the UK and Europe.

Tea has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, but now in today’s society, advances in science have enabled its usage to be officially endorsed for fighting a number of ailments.

Immune system health benefits are just one of the many advantages to have been discovered during hundreds of scientific studies conducted over the last few decades.

Results from many of these studies concluded that the L-theanine found in the Camellia Sinensis plant has been shown to consistently strengthen our immunity, resist or fight off infection, and most importantly, build up and increase the capacity of gamma delta T cells, the body’s first line of defence against infection.

Does Tea Boost Your Immune System?

L-theanine is an amino acid and is found in all natural tea after it is processed from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Black tea, Oolong Tea and White tea are all good sources of L-theanine, but for the best results, green tea is unparalleled – particularly Matcha Tea.

Aside from its L-theanine richness, the antioxidants in green tea are beneficial in generally strengthening the immune system by protecting it against damage from free radicals and similar compounds in the body.

This enables green tea to keep the immune system running normally while Matcha tea, in its more concentrated form compared to normal green tea - has the ability to further these results with longer lasting effectiveness.

If Green Tea is not your thing – do not worry. Although almost all tea consumption is beneficial, herbal tea is also a highlighted variety when it comes to immune system health. One such blend is that of chamomile tea, which contains a substance that boosts the body’s production of bacteria fighting chemicals.

Rooibos Tea is another immunity boosting tea and is also naturally caffeine free; and mint teas such as peppermint teas have anti-inflammatory properties which can stimulate the immune system.

Meanwhile in the United States, Echinacea Tea is proving to be increasingly popular in fighting the common cold. With this medicinal plant native to America, recent U.S Studies have begun to show fascinating correlations between Echinacea and improved immune system health.

A review of some 14 clinical trials found that Echinacea reduced the odds of developing a cold by 58% and the duration of a cold by 1 to 4 days.

Although these studies are still in their very early stages, the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company have Echinacea Tea available instore, as well as on our website here: .

Want to be more traditional with some added spark? Try our Jasmine Huang Shan Ya tea. This quality jasmine green tea is grown in the mountains of Huangshan in the Anhui province of Japan and is one of our most popular Jasmine loose leaf teas. This brew has a wonderfully delicate aroma of jasmine flowers whist still containing all the health benefits of green tea.

Could there possibly be a more luxurious way to fight off pesky illnesses than with a cup of your favourite tea in your hand? Here at the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we think not.