Sunday, April 18, 2010

Here's to your health

Tea contains high levels of antioxidants like polyphenols,
flavonoids, and catechins.
These take on the “free radicals” in the body and prevent them
from harming the healthy cells.
Antioxidants prevent diseases and protects the body
against premature cellular deterioration.
Antioxidants are not only in teas but also in fruits, flowers and vegetables.
Tea also contains flouride which benefits the teeth and has bacteria killing properties which helps control bad breath and the formation of plaque.

What is an antioxidant?
Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods
which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body.
Benefits of tea varieties

Does green tea have more antioxidants than black tea?

• Higher quality teas have more catechin antioxidants than lower quality teas.
• White tea has more antioxidants than any other tea.
•Green tea has more catechin antioxidants than black tea since black tea goes through more processing.
•Unfermented rooibos tea has more polyphenol
antioxidants than fermented rooibos.
•Freshly brewed teas have more polyphenol
antioxidants than instant or bottled teas.
•More researchers seem to agree that brewed (cold or hot) or caffeinated tea has more antioxidants than instant teas.

Where to begin

To get the most health benefits out of your teas, choose high-quality
loose leaf teas from your local or online tea shop.
Brew it up and enjoy.
Sip, savor, and fight disease today.
It's never too late to enjoy the many health benefits of tea!
Recent studies on benefits of tea and its antioxidants:

•Study finds tea drinkers have lower blood pressure
(Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004).

• Tea may lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease
(Journal of Nutrition, 2003).

• Black tea may lower “bad” cholesterol
(United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, 2003).

•Tea consumption may help heart disease patients
 (Circulation: The Journal of the American Heart Association, 2001)

• Green tea could help stem esophageal cancer.
(Harvard Medical School, 2004).

•Green and black tea can slow down the spread of prostate cancer
(Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, 2004)

•Tea may protect against cancer caused by smoking.
(Journal of Nutrition, 2003).

• Green tea and white tea fight colon cancer (Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University study, Carcinogenesis, 2003).

• Hot tea may lower risk of some skin cancers (University of Arizona study, cancer epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention (Vol. 9, No. 7), 2001).

•Green tea consumption may lower stomach cancer risk
(University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health study,
International Journal of Cancer
(Vol. 92: 600-604), 2001).

•Green and oolong teas reduce risk of hypertension
(National Cheng Kung University study, Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004).

Immune boosting
•Tea believed to boost the body’s defenses
(Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2003)

• A green tea component helps kill leukemia cells
(Mayo Clinic, 2004).

•Drinking tea might delay Alzheimer's Disease
(Newcastle University's Medicinal Plant Research Centre study,
Phytotherapy Research, 2004).

• Tea may play a role as an AIDS fighter
(University of Tokyo, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2003).

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