Cultivated widely for its beautiful flowers, jasmine is any of the diverse subtropical and tropical plants with more than 200 species and fragrant flowers of white, yellow and red. Its blossoms are generally picked around midnight when they are in full bloom. Then these flowers are placed over the green tea leaves with the aim of transferring the fragrance, which creates a strong taste and a powerful scent of green tea jasmine. However, jasmine teas are made not only on the base of green teas, but also some variations of black tea flavored with various herbs.
Regarded as one of the healthiest teas enjoyed by tea drinkers all over the world, jasmine tea health benefits are considerable. By eliminating free radicals it prevents some forms of cancer, which also arrests aging. It also connects with cholesterol and blocks it, decreases level of cholesterol in blood, as well as prevents bad cholesterol, caused by oxidation. The impact of jasmine tea on circulatory system is even more beneficial, since it is believed to prevent brain strokes, heart attacks, thrombosis and arterial sclerosis. It is good for diabetes prevention and reducing high blood pressure.
In addition, jasmine tea fights viruses and bacteria, preventing thus influenza, cavities and food poisoning, including cholera, dysentery, mouth bacteria damaging teeth and piccoli causing gastric ulcers. One of the jasmine tea health benefits is to improve intestine conditions by blocking development and growth of bad bacteria and strengthening good bacteria. Connecting with such substances as human waste, meat, fish and breath, the tea prevents odor. Gargling with jasmine green tea is also believed to be one of the most effective ways to protect oneself from influenza, as the tea performs anti-viral functions.
Apart from such jasmine tea health benefits as prevention of cancer and heart diseases, recent studies show that drinking jasmine tea may fight fat. People who consumed tea with green tea extract during the period of three months lost more fat as compared to those who consumed regular oolong tea. According to researchers, substances found in jasmine tea, known as catechins, trigger weight loss by decreasing body fat and stimulating body to burn calories.
The content of catechin generally varies by the amount of jasmine green tea used, as well as steeping time. However, it is recommended to consume at least four cups a day. Also available are green tea extract supplements, which reduce LDL bad cholesterol. Thus, drinking jasmine green tea has proved to be an effective means of lowering cholesterol and burning calories, as well as reducing body fat.
Other jasmine tea health benefits include the ability to reduce the risk of blood clot, prevent allergy and flue, reduce high blood pressure and blood sugar, keep fluid balance, boost the immune system and provide oral care and fluoride that helps protect cavities and prevent tooth decay.
Most green teas with jasmine contain a significant amount of polyphenols, plant-based substances which have proven to have antiviral, anticancer and antioxidant properties.