Health Benefits of Tea

Tea: It does the body good

Studies that support the complete health benefits of tea drinking keep the headlines. There are not simply deny that a daily spot of tea is good for my body.

Although the researchers do not quite agree on every aspect, I'm on the fact that a few cups a day will do its best to protect me from heart disease, stroke, cancer, and many more sold.

What makes tea good for the body?

Tea contains large amounts of antioxidants, some of whichcalled polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins, and all take to prevent the "free radicals" in the body and that it hurt the healthy cells on board.

In other words, sending in antioxidants is prevention in its finest form. Antioxidants are ready and waiting not only in teas but also in several fruits, vegetables, nuts, meat and wine (see my health benefits of wine article).

If this were not enough, tea also contains fluoride, which benefits your teethand has properties that kill bacteria helps control, bad breath and the formation of tartar.

All teas are equally good for the body?

This is a question researchers are still squabbling on. Green tea has more antioxidants than black tea? Should I drink instant tea or loose leaf tea for better health benefits? Is hot tea better than iced tea? And here's what it comes up:

Higher quality teas may have more catechin antioxidants than lower qualityTeas.

White tea has more antioxidants than any other tea.

Green tea has more catechin antioxidants than black tea Black tea, there it goes through further processing.

Fermented rooibos tea has more polyphenol antioxidants than fermented rooibos.

Freshly brewed more tea polyphenol antioxidants than instant or bottled teas.

More researchers are in agreement that has brewed (cold or hot) or caffeinated tea more antioxidants than instant teas.

Here is a quick previewthe hundreds of recent studies that boast of the health benefits of tea and its antioxidants:

Heart Benefits:

Study finds tea drinkers have lower blood pressure (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004).

Tea can lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease (Journal of Nutrition, 2003).

Black tea may lower "bad" cholesterol (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, 2003).

Tea consumption may help heartPatients with Crohn's (circulation: The Journal of the American Heart Association, 2001).

Cancer Prevention:

Green tea could help stem esophageal cancer. (Harvard Medical School, 2004).

Green and black tea can reduce the spread of prostate cancer (Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, 2004).

Tea can treat cancer caused by smoking. (Journal of Nutrition, 2003).

Green tea and white tea fight colon cancer (LinusTo study Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, Carcinogenesis, 2003).

Hot tea may lower risk for some skin cancers (University of Arizona study, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention (Vol. 9, No. 7), 2001).

Green tea consumption, lower stomach cancer risk (University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health Study, International Journal of Cancer (Vol. 92: 600-604), 2001).

Hypertension-reducingAdvantages:

Green and oolong teas reduce risk of hypertension (National Cheng Kung University study, Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004).

Immunity-Boosting Benefits

Tea believed to boost defenses (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2003)

Leukemia-fighting benefits:

A green tea component helps kill leukemia cells (Mayo Clinic, 2004).

Fighting Alzheimer'sAdvantages:

Drinking tea might delay Alzheimer's Disease (Newcastle University's Medicinal Plant Research Center study, Phytotherapy Research, 2004).

AIDS benefits:

Tea may play a role as an AIDS fighter (University of Tokyo, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2003).

In Conclusion:

How to get started while your body some good with tea?

Among the health benefits of tea to choosehigh-quality loose-leaf teas from your local or online tea shop. Brew it up and enjoy. And, of course, do not throw out the idea of enjoying instant or bottled teas in bottles, when you are traveling. She could only drink a little more.

Do not wait any longer. Sip, enjoy, and fight disease today. It's never too late to enjoy the many health benefits of tea!

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