Tea-off for a Healthy Life

It’s green–it can make you lean, and it’s a health machine. That goes for black tea, too.

Tea is a beverage that has been enjoyed for hundreds of years and costs just pennies a day. And if you drink just one cup of it daily, you may reduce your risk of heart attack by 44 percent, according to one study of tea and coffee drinkers who were compared with nondrinkers.

Tea contains large amounts of the antioxidants called flavonoids. Flavonoids offset the damaging effects of oxygen when it is broken down in the body–becoming potentially dangerous free radicals.

Other studies have shown that tea–particularly green tea–is not only good for the heart but for other organs as well. It has an antioxidant effect on cancers of the lungs, stomach, breast, colon and esophagus. In fact, in some studies, green tea showed more success at mopping up free radicals than the antioxidant vitamins C and E. That may be one reason that people in countries that consume a lot of green tea –such as in Asia–have lower rates of lung, oral and colon cancer.

And the polyphenols (plant compounds found in tea and blueberries) show promise in treating inflammation, the brain’s aging process and in preventing cancer.

And if that isn’t enough–green tea may encourage fat burning. Although research is at early stages, scientists burning compound called norepinephrine. This compound is responsible for encouraging the body to burn calories.

And keep in mind that it’s not only green tea that is healthful, however. A new study shows that women who drank at least two cups of tea a day had a lower risk of ovarian cancer than those who did not drink tea, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers observed a 46 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer in women who drank two or more cups of tea per day compared with non-drinkers. “Each additional cup of tea per day was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer,” they reported.
Studies also indicate that green and black tea preparations may protect against various other cancers.

Note: Individuals with certain heart conditions such as an irregular heart beat, should be aware that there is caffeine in tea.

Finally, a compound in tea can help fight tooth decay better than fluoride! Theobromine helps suppress the decay-causing effects of bacteria on teeth. So drink up to your health!

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