I’ve recently started drinking tea as a possible way to stay more alert during class. With the new 2014-2015 school year in full swing, I figured why not try something new instead of the coffee and energy drinks people usually turn towards for their source of oomph. I’ve lost count on how many times I fell victim to the monotonous voice of a professor and the spaced-out moments I had from the restlessness of sitting in one spot for three or more hours! With the many benefits tea usually offers, here are some advantages of the ginkgo tea in particular, and perhaps you’ll pick it up from your local nutrition store and see if you reap the same benefits!
First of all, ginkgo tea is extracted from the ginkgo biloba, which is thought to be one of the oldest trees on Earth with living fossils dating back to 270 million years ago in China. Modern day tea shops sell the extracted tea leaves that are known to stimulate and enhance blood circulation throughout the whole body. The promotion of blood circulation is said to increase mental alertness and awareness, and therefore explains why most people drink ginkgo tea to improve the memory and speed of mental processing. It was amusing to find that when I asked for ginkgo tea at my local store, the representative asked if I had any upcoming exams as most university students drink ginkgo to improve the effectiveness of studying and cognitive functions! I look forward to testing this claim in the near future.
Another benefit of ginkgo tea is the high source of antioxidants it has. Antioxidants are responsible for protecting your body from cell damage, though keep in mind that cell damage occurs naturally as you age. A healthy balanced diet rich in antioxidants can lower the rate at which it happens, but be aware that too many antioxidants can prove to be unsafe. Moderation is key, and ginkgo tea can supplement the benefits of antioxidants.
Lesser known benefits claim that ginkgo tea can improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, treat vertigo and dizziness, increase sexual drive and any pain due to poor blood circulation. With any drinks that involve the addition of natural herbs, always consult your health practitioner for any concerns and side-effects. Regardless, tea is a great alternative to coffee and energy drinks, especially on a cold winter day! A good investment in an effective thermos will keep your freshly brewed tea hot and fresh. Give it a try for a period of time and you may be surprised at the wonders of tea.