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11 Health Benefits of Jasmine Tea

Last updated on August 5, 2012

jasmine teaJasmine tea is usually green tea blended with jasmine flowers, though oolong or white tea may be used as well. The jasmine flowers add a subtle, sweet flavor and aromatic scent. Made for over seven centuries, it is China’s most popular flavored tea.

Here are 11 health benefits of jasmine tea:

Cancer Prevention
The high antioxidant levels in jasmine tea help fight off damage caused by free radical activity in the body. All green teas, jasmine included, contain EGCG, a compound that has been found in many studies to have anti-cancer properties.

High In Antioxidants
Unfermented tea is a better source of antioxidants than fermented teas like black tea and oolong. The notable antioxidants found in jasmine tea are called catechins. Catechins have been the focus of many studies that link them to reduced cancer risk and the prevention of heart disease.

Heart Health
Jasmine tea may contribute to good cardiovascular health in a variety of ways. It helps to keep cholesterol and blood pressure low and prevents oxidative stress. The antioxidants in jasmine tea have been linked to a reduced risk of heart attacks and heart disease.

Lowers Cholesterol
Drinking jasmine tea every day has been associated with reduced levels of cholesterol.

It may help to regulate blood sugar levels. Numerous studies have linked green tea to the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Digestive Aid
Jasmine tea helps the intestines flush the body of harmful toxins.

Boosts Immune System
Drinking jasmine tea may help boost the immune system and help protect against cold, flu and other illnesses.

Reduces Stress
Drinking jasmine tea calms and relaxes the body. Considered a gentle sedative, it is believed to be a great stress relief aid.

One study showed that jasmine tea helps protect the body from chronic inflammation, which may lower the risk of heart disease and arthritis while also soothing minor aches and pains.

A study conducted at Kansas State University showed that jasmine tea can inhibit the growth of bacteria such as salmonella and listeria.

Weight Loss
Jasmine tea is widely regarded as a useful weight loss aid, though no significant scientific research supports this claim.