Jasmine Health Benefits You Should Know About

Strength 24_Jasmine Health BenefitsDrinking jasmine tea has long been a practice in the East, especially in China. Jasmine tea is made by adding dried jasmine flowers to a brew of green or white tea. For hundreds of years people in Asia have been drinking jasmine tea not just for its taste but also for its medicinal properties. Today, people in the West can enjoy the many jasmine health benefits not just by drinking tea but also by taking jasmine supplements.

Jasmine Health Benefits

So what benefits does jasmine offer? According to traditional Chinese medicine, the list of jasmine health benefits is quite extensive. Western science has been a bit late in catching up but so far medical experts have able to verify the following:

Antioxidant

In a research study conducted by Iris F.F. Benzie and Y.T. Szeto at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, twenty-five kinds of tea (including four different brands of jasmine tea) were examined for their antioxidant properties. The researchers used the FRAP (ferric reducing/antioxidant power) assay method in the lab to measure the comparative antioxidant properties of each type of tea. Benzie and Szeto found that all of the four brands of jasmine tea were superior to the other teas in antioxidant capabilities. One cup of jasmine tea contained as much antioxidants as 150 mg of pure ascorbic acid or vitamin C. The results of the study were published in the June 1997 issue of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Bacteria Inhibitor

It has long been believed that one of the jasmine health benefits is the ability to fight germs. This is why many people gargle with jasmine tea or use it as a mouthwash to help fight tooth decay. Medical studies indicate that there is truth to this belief. Research conducted at the Kansas State University demonstrated that drinking jasmine tea does indeed slow down the growth of bacteria such as salmonella and listeria. Bacteria which can cause dysentery, flu, and cholera were affected as well.

Lowers Cholesterol

High cholesterol can significantly increase the likelihood of heart disease. Drinking jasmine tea regularly can help reduce cholesterol levels. A study on how different types of Asian tea affected high cholesterol was conducted by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong involving lab rats. The lab rats consumed large amounts of cholesterol for a week, and then were made to consume various tea extracts for two months while still on the high- cholesterol diet. The researchers found that green tea and jasmine tea caused a considerable reduction in serum and liver cholesterol levels. The researchers theorized that jasmine tea’s high concentrations of catechin (which is an antioxidant) played an important part in reducing the cholesterol levels.

Longer Life

In the bestselling book The Okinawa Program, the authors studied the diet, exercise, and lifestyle activities of the healthiest and longest-lived people in the world. The book indicates that a longer life is part of the jasmine health benefits when it was revealed that drinking jasmine tea was a common practice among people living in Okinawa—and especially among the centenarians.

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