Drinking Tea to improve digestive health dates back thousands of years. In fact, it is one of the oldest remedies associated with frequent Tea consumption. The underlying reason? Antioxidants. According to the latest scientific studies, the prevalence of polyphenols, including catechins, in certain types of Tea contributes significantly to the improvement of the digestive system.
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One Tea, in particular, reigns supreme: Oolong Tea, known in China as “Chinese Restaurant Tea”. The name owes its origins to its immense popularity in restaurants across China, which in turn is due to its ability to aid digestive health. Studies support this claim, as according to research, Oolong Tea helps digestion by alkalise the gastrointestinal tract, thus reducing inflammation. Some even go as far as to suggest that Oolong Tea, though not scientifically proven, is also ever-so-slightly antiseptic, meaning it could, very potentially, clear bad bacteria from the stomach.
Those who experience acid reflux or ulcer problems should consider the frequent consumption of Oolong Tea, according to leading research. It is likewise a popular choice either before, during or after a large, fatty meal for many of the aforementioned reasons.
But, of course, it’s worth noting that Oolong Tea is one of many other Teas capable of aiding the digestive system. One 2005 study published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Food Chemistry” discovered that the catechins found in Green Tea increase the activity of pepsin, the digestive enzyme that breaks down proteins in the stomach, very similar to Oolong Tea. Also popular for improved digestive health are Chai Teas and several Herbal Teas.
We stock numerous Teas touted for their ability to, among other qualities, relieve symptoms of upset stomachs, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating or cramping. However, it all very much depends on the type of Tea chosen, so be sure to read each “Health Benefits” section of each Tea carefully! Additionally, these beverages could help benefit your health in other ways, too. All of this and more is waiting to be discovered with The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company today.