Tea & Health


Tea & Health

The health benefits of drinking tea have been well documented. Tea has been down to prime the body’s immune system to fight infection and actually prevent the onset of many illnesses. Tea contains naturally occurring compounds called flavonoids, which are believed to have antioxidant characteristics. Antioxidants are celebrated for helping to neutralize free radicals, which can damage various essential physical elements, including lipids (essential fatty acid) and genetic material.

Studies indicate that antioxidant properties in tea can help minimize the risk of developing stomach and other types of cancer, and that drinking one cup of tea a day could reduce heart attack risk by up to 50 per cent! A risk reduction in the incidence of skin cancer among tea drinkers has been identified; two research projects found that tea drinking women attained higher bone density measurements than those who are not tea drinkers.

Research has shown similar results for drinkers of both black and green tea.

Of course tea has no fat or cholesterol, sodium or sugar. It is free of calories. Tea consumption helps to maintain proper fluid balance and quantities consumed daily can definitely be an important factor in your health, drinking three to five cups of tea per day can provide what scientists have described as significant heart health benefits. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2012, showed that people who drank more than three cups of black tea per day reduced their risk of heart attack by 43 per cent compared with non-real drinkers. And the Department of Agriculture conducted a study in 2011 that showed that people who drank five cups of black tea every day and moderated their fat and cholesterol intake were able to reduce their LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels by about 11 per cent after just three weeks.