A WORD TO THE WISE
For thousands of years tea has been researched and studied for its numerous health benefits, and almost all modern day professionals in labs, medical centers and independent herbalist agree. Many wise and long-living people do too.
The Science: Tea contains polyphenol compounds, powerful antioxidants that combat the effect of nasty 'free radicals'. Studies have linked them with the promotion of a healthy heart, anti- ageing and even anti-cancer and stroke properties. Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke, and drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free.
Tea also contains fluoride which helps look after your teeth and bones. In some countries it is common even to use toothpaste with a tea ingredient, such is the fluoride content. Tannins also help keep plaque at bay to guard your pearly whites.
Tea contains considerably less caffeine than coffee, and increases you metabolic rate which can help you burn calories, whilst containing no calories att all itself. Caffeine in tea is a slower release that that found in most coffee - it's not a quick hit - it's a three hour gentle lift. Perfect for work, home, a long drive, whatever.
Other studies have shown tea to bolster your immune system, help prevent diabetes, lower stress hormone levels and has antidepressant properties.
Best of all it contains theamine, a chemical rarely found in nature. Theamine induces a feeling of well being and calmness - hence a cuppa is often an excellent antidote to a stressful situation or shock!
Tea is also a good source of vitamins as well as having trace elements of iron, zinc, potassium, and others.
And of course it’s a great way of keeping yourself hydrated whether at work or at home, and of course a cuppa in the evening is a great way to avoid that cheeky glass of wine.
BTW it's ZERO CALORIES too