Saturday, April 17, 2010
Tea - A healthy drink for all
Tea is a popular drink after water and it has become a part of our everyday life. Our morning starts with a morning cup of tea, then without a cup of tea, breakfast is incomplete. Evening snacks are impossible to take without tea and our social gatherings are almost without soul if we don't offer tea to our guests. Simply we are addicted to this drink but are their any health benefits of it?
Tea is a healthy beverage offering many health benefits, (but you have to skip the cream and sugar). The tea with many health benefits is meant to be taken without sugar and milk.
Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so its got two things going for it
Lead author Dr Ruxton
The American Health Foundation recommends 5-6 cups of tea a day, because . . .
• contains 1/3 less caffeine than coffee or cola
• helps reduce fatigue
• maintains mental alertness
• stabilizes fluid levels
• is fat free and calorie free (without milk or sugars)
The antioxidant in tea may help prevent . . . cancers of the mouth, stomach, pancreas, lungs, esophagus, colon, breast and prostate.
The antioxidants in a single cup of tea equal those in one serving of vegetables.
Tea’s flavanoids prevent heart disease by
• reducing blood clotting
• lowering blood pressure
• lowering cholesterol
A study conducted by Harvard University researchers found that those who consumed one or more cups of black tea per day had more than a 40 percent lower risk of having a heart attack compared to non-tea drinkers.
Tea is a rare source of natural fluoride which inhibits growth of the oral bacteria and enzymes responsible for dental plaque.
Tea is also a rich source of manganese, necessary for healthy bones, and of potassium which regulates the heartbeat.
Other valuable vitamins and minerals found in tea include . . . vitamins B1, B2, B6, folic acid, and calcium.
Eating Well Magazine named tea "Beverage of the Year" for its health benefits and mass appeal to consumers searching for an alternative to soft drinks and coffee.
So is tea good for you? You bet it is!
And tea is one of the least expensive beverages available today.
Source: Why drink tea?
Tip: Brew your tea for at least 3 - 5 minutes to bring out the beneficial polyphenols.
* A report at BBC news says: Drinking three or more cups of tea a day is as good for you as drinking plenty of water and may even have extra health benefits, say researchers.
link: Tea 'healthier' drink than water
* Health Benefits of Tea
* Experts explain green tea's potential benefits for everything from fighting cancer to helping your heart. Health Benefits of Green Tea
* 'Green tea health benefits'
* A PDF report from Tea association of Canada: 'How to make a perfect cup?'
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