For thousands of years, tea drinking has been been part of society and has been celebrated culturally through tea ceremonies in China, Japan and South Korea. The humble origins of tea are attributed to mythical sage ruler Shennong in 2737BC; this new refreshment then spread across other Asian nations before Portuguese merchants brought it to Europe in the 16th century.
Over the years, scientists have found many benefits that can be derived from drinking tea on a daily basis thus we have seen an increase in the varieties and wide availability of teas.
So we’ve decided to share the 10 most interesting things you probably didn’t know about tea!
- Tea and diabetes
Tea can go a long way to helping people with type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that the compounds in green tea could help people with diabetes process sugars more efficiently.
2. Tea and the digestive system
Studies have shown that herbal teas, like chamomile, can help people with irritable bowel syndrome. They also help to promote friendly bacteria in the stomach by encouraging bowel regularity.
3. Tea and tooth loss
A study by Japanese scientists found that regularly drinking tea can help to prevent tooth loss. It is thought that by changing the PH level in your mouth, the tea protects your enamel thus preventing premature tooth loss.
4. Tea and your bones
Green teas have been found to improve the strength and mineral density of your bones which is important for core strength and reducing the risk of serious fractures.
5. Tea and exercise
Extensive studies have shown that regular consumption of tea can boost exercise endurance. This is because the catechins in green tea increase the body’s ability to burn fat thus allowing more energy to be released for longer periods of time; this has led to reports of improved muscle endurance during exercise.
6. Matcha and antioxidants
Matcha has ten times the antioxidants when compared to one cup of regular green tea. These antioxidants counteract the damaging effects of free radicals on the body. 
- Matcha and caffeine
According to the Huffington Post, matcha has less caffeine than coffee. You won’t experience a crash and burn as the caffeine is released at a slower rate throughout the day. This enables you to stay more consistently alert and active throughout the day.
- Tea and the world
According to the Daily Express, next to water – tea is the second most consumed liquid in the world with Turkey consuming more tea per person than any other country with the average person drinking 7.54kg of tea per year. 
- Tea and Camellia
Ever wondered where tea comes from? Well Camellia sinensis, considered to be the ‘mother plant’ of all teas, is the single plant where all teas are derived. 
- Tea as an art
The most expensive afternoon tea is served at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Hong Kong at £6,255.30 per pair. 
Other well documented benefits of green tea include reduced risk of heart attacks. Experts recommend drinking a wide variety of teas in order to enjoy the health benefits. If you find yourself drinking tea on a regular basis then you might be interested in the Japan Centre Tea Subscription service. You can pick and choose what tea you’d like to have delivered to your door and at what intervals. Find out more here.
It’s never been more hassle free, convenient and easier to lead a healthy lifestyle. Happy sipping!