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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Health benefits of Tea


    After water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. But is it really good for you? YES! Why? Because of an antioxidant called polyphenols. Studies have shown that polyphenols may reduce the risk of gastric, esophageal, and skin cancer. One recent study showed that 2 cups a day may lower the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 46 percent in woman.
Black,Green,White,or Oolong ?
These teas derive their leaves from a warm-weather evergreen tree known as Camellia sinensis. It's these leaves that contain the polyphenols. The more processing tea leaves undergo , the darker they will turn. White tea is derived from the young new leaves from the Camellia plant in early spring. These leaves contain no chlrophyll,so they are silvery white. Any one of these teas is packed with polyphenols. Even more than some fruits and vegetables.
Herbal Tea or Red Rooibos tea ?
Don't be fooled. Neither one of these get there leaves from the Camillia plant and so, does not have the health-promoting properties as the other teas. In fact most herbal teas are NOT tea at all. They are only infusions made with herbs,flowers,roots,spices or other parts of the plants. The correct term for this type of beverage is”tisane”. If you have concerns about caffeine ,it’s not a problem. A cup of tea contains 40mg of caffeine,compared to 85mg as found in a cup of coffee.


 

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