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Health benefits of tea

health benefits folderMost everyone has experienced the psychological health benefits of tea. The preparation and enjoyment of a warm flavorful cup of tea begins by boiling the water. Next comes measuring the loose tea leaves into the infuser, enjoying the aroma of the steeping tea then pouring it into your cup. Some may choose to drop in one or two sugar cubes, or add a touch of lemon.

Now you are ready to slowly sip away the cares of the day. The word soothing comes to mind. But how many tea drinkers are aware of the important relationship between tea and health? How many are aware that, in addition to providing obvious psychological benefits, drinking tea can also improve their health?

Tea and Health a little more technical

All teas that are harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant, including white, green, black, oolong, and Pu-erh teas, contain several bioactive chemicals. some of these are caffeine, fluoride, and most importantly flavonoids.

These teas are defined by the part of the plant from which they are taken and by the method in which they are processed. Regardless of the type and the process, however, they all contain beneficial dietary amounts of the chemicals mentioned above.

Flavonoids, antioxidants, found in tea have shown strong experimental evidence of their ability to modify the body's reaction to allergens, viruses, and carcinogens. Flavonoids could also induce mechanisms that help kill cancer cells, inhibit tumor growth, and possibly prevent cardiovascular disease.

Caffeine is found in all teas. Cup for cup, unless intentionally decaffeinated, black tea contains about half as much caffeine as coffee does, while white, green, and oolong teas contain even less. In Europe, studies have shown that caffeine, in combination with flavonoids and fluoride may help to fight osteoporosis by contributing to increased bone mass density in post-menopausal women.

Fluoride levels found in all teas are generally equivalent to those levels recommended for the prevention of dental cavities.

Health Benefits of Tea have long been studied

The health benefits of tea are based not only upon the personal experiences and stories of tea lovers. Tea and health have long been a subject for study by nutritionists, chemists, and medical researchers. Their studies have shown actual and probable benefits for the prevention and reduced risk of several common diseases.

Cardiovascular Disease: A six year study in the Netherlands and a similar study in the United States indicated that those who drank at least four cups of black tea each day reduced the risk of heart attacks and strokes.  

Cancer: Animal studies, using green and black teas, have shown preventive benefits regarding cancers of the skin, lungs, mouth, stomach, esophagus, colon, pancreas, bladder, and prostate. White and green teas have shown preventive benefits regarding polyps in mice.

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Osteoporosis: Several studies in Canada and the United Kingdom have indicated that daily tea consumption is associated with higher bone mass density in women. A large study conducted in several Mediterranean countries indicated a higher risk of hip fracture in both men and women who drank little or no tea.

Dental Cavities: A study in the United Kingdom, which included over 6000 children, indicated that those who regularly drank tea had fewer cavities than those that did not. This was regardless of whether sugar was added to the tea!

Kidney Stones: Two studies found that the risk of developing kidney stones decreased significantly for each cup of tea consumed daily, by as much as 8% for women and 14% for men.

Cognitive skills and Memory Function: Researchers in Japan studied seniors who drank one or more cups of green tea each day. These seniors were half as likely to show cognitive and memory problems than those who drank less.

Why We Drink Tea

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Let’s be honest. No one takes tea because it is medicine. We drink it because it tastes good, is refreshing, is relaxing, and is such a civilized activity. We use loose tea leaves because they release the full flavor of the tea. The health benefits of tea are incidental to our primary reason for drinking tea, but they provide a good reason to continue.

So, when you brew those loose tea leaves, remember. You are not simply pampering yourself. You’re preparing to experience a delightfully delicious and satisfying beverage with amazing health benefits.

Adagio Teas

References: Read full articles by following these links.

Tea and Chronic Disease Prevention. Retrieved on 2008-05-31.
Tea and Cancer Prevention: Fact Sheet. Retrieved on 2008-05-31.
Micronutrient Information Center, Tea. (See Summary) Retrieved on 2008-05-31.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Retrieved on 2008-05-31.



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