As many elderly people enjoy drinking tea on a daily basis, they may be surprised to learn that drinking yerba tea can provide a variety of senior health benefits. If your senior relative enjoys drinking a cup of tea, but has never had yerba tea before, read on for four reasons that the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance Philadelphia suggest he or she should try this hot beverage.
1. Fights Free Radicals
As yerba tea contains approximately 90 percent more antioxidants, which kill free radicals, than green or black tea, drinking it on a regular basis can reduce your loved one’s chances of developing diseases like cancer. Yerba tea has also been shown to help prevent heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, and contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals that can promote overall senior health, including vitamin K, magnesium, iron, and several B vitamins.
2. Boosts Mental Function
Yerba tea boosts mental function by increasing focus and concentration. Similarly to coffee or black tea, yerba tea has caffeine and other stimulants that can boost brain function. Unlike other caffeinated beverages, yerba tea does not typically cause headaches, tremors, or upset stomachs. If your loved one has a hard time getting to sleep at night be sure to ask his or her hourly or 24/7 caregiver in Philadelphia to serve this beverage during the morning or early afternoon to avoid interrupting his or her regular sleep schedules.
3. Promotes Heart Health
Yerba tea helps prevent the accumulation of fatty deposits on the artery walls, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis or the hardening of arteries. Yerba tea can also prevent blood clots, further reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease. Those who take daily medications, especially blood thinners, should talk to their physician before drinking yerba tea, but most seniors can safely drink this type of tea as a way to reduce chances of heart disease.
4. Aids Digestion
Yerba tea stimulates the production of bile and stomach acids, helping to break down food quickly and efficiently. When consumed daily yerba tea can also reduce constipation and kill the bacteria that causes bad breath. Yerba tea also helps break down carbohydrates efficiently, allowing the food to be used as an energy source very quickly, promoting a healthy weight and an increase in physical energy.
To learn other ways to help promote your elderly loved one’s health, consider reaching out to Home Care Assistance. A leading provider of senior home care in Philadelphia, we are committed to helping seniors adopt healthy habits, including following physician-recommended exercise routines and diets. To learn more about our senior care services, including Alzheimer’s, dementia, and stroke care in Philadelphia, give a Care Manager a call at (215) 645-4663 and set up a complimentary no-obligation consultation.