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The Greek mountain tea comes from the dried leaves and flowers of the Sideritis plant (ironwort). It is known as the Greek mountain tea because the plant flourishes throughout high elevations in the mountains of Greece. The tea is an important ingredient in the Mediterranean diet. Although it has just started to become popular in America, its healing properties have been known for a thousand years since ancient Greece, and famous people like Hippocrates and Galen hailed its healing properties. If you are wondering why you should start taking it, keep reading to know the benefits it provides.
It has antioxidant properties.
Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the number of free radicals and antioxidants that we have in our bodies. Free radicals are molecules that contain unpaired electrons, they easily react with other molecules and steal electrons of other molecules. That process damage the structure of cells and proteins destroys DNA, and damage tissue. Sometimes oxidative stress is good for us because it helps to fight pathogens but when the number of free radicals is excessive in comparison to the number of antioxidants. Free radicals increase the appearance of premature signs of aging, contribute to inflammatory conditions, neurological diseases and high blood pressure. Antioxidants help to balance the unpaired electrons and reduces the negative effects of free radicals. Greek mountain tea helps us stay young and healthy.
It contains a high amount of polyphenols.
Polyphenols are chemicals that we can naturally found in different types of food, they may keep the blood sugar levels stable, increase insulin sensitivity and lower the risk of diabetes 2. They reduce chronic inflammation and have an important role in the antioxidant benefits of mountain Greek tea. According to certain studies, polyphenols promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and might fight off harmful bacteria like E.Coli, C.difficile, and salmonella. All those benefits are good for our digestive system. Polyphenols-rich foods may have a beneficial effect on our brain, boosting our focus and memory.
It has antimicrobial properties.
According to the journal Planta Medica Greek mountain tea has strong antimicrobial properties, specifically against bacteria like Staphylococcus Epidermidis, Candida Albicans, and E.coli. This means that by taking at least one cup of Greek mountain tea day you are going to fight infections, reduce the risk of colds, fever, respiratory problems, and your immune system is going to be stronger.
May lower blood pressure.
Greek mountain tea has an anti-thrombotic effect. According to a study from 2012, it relives the blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and might reduce the risk of having cardiovascular diseases.
Greek mountain tea is a powerful source of antioxidants and nutrients. It has positive effects on our brain, digestive system, immune system, and even our skin. It reduces the appearance of premature signs of aging making us feel and look younger. It is so good that now this Greek secret is available for all of us and we can all enjoy its benefits. If you want to make it taste even more delicious mix it with lemon juice and honey.