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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2009-07-16

Tea, Tea Your The One For Me! Health Benefits of Tea!

Hi everyone! I am pulling this from my archives since I love tea so much and right now am losing my voice with a sore throat so tea sounds delicious. Will be back with a new post soon!


Have a cup of tea-you may live longer and be protecting yourself from an array of ailments. The antioxidants in tea appear to improve concentration, gently boost energy, make people happier, lower cholesterol levels, improve cardiovascular health and help guard against some cancers. And some experts believe its flavenoids may inhibit the growth of plaque on teeth (less visits to the dentist). The free radical-inhibiting property of tea is more potent than that of vitamin E, and tea is a proven preventive and treatment for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The polyphenols in tea, especially the catechins, are powerful antioxidants that help ward off diabetes and cancer. I find that drinking tea can be both soothing (nothing like a nice cup of hot tea in the evening) and invigorating (delicious ice tea with all natural Stevia sweetener).

Tea Tidbits

**Slim Down With Tea-As a weight loss tool, tea is a wonderfully cleansing way to flush the system, replace fluids - and pump the body full of powerful antioxidants at the same time. Aside from the health benefits, tea is a zero-calorie beverage, making it your best choice for weight loss. Tea, especially green tea, have been known to speed up fat oxidation and increase the metabolic rate. Along with caffeine, the catechin polyphenols present in tea helps speed up the rate at which calories are burnt, thereby increasing substantially the energy consumed.

**Heart Health- People who consume three or more cups of tea a day have an 11 percent lower rate of heart attacks than those who drink less, according to a study presented to the American College of Cardiology. Other studies suggest that tea may also reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and repair blood-vessel damage in heart patients.

**Green Tea- is famous for its calming effect on both body and mind. Studies have shown that this calming effect is caused by the L- Theanine amino acid found in the leaves of green tea. L-Theanine affects the central nerve system, causing certain substances to be released which cause a sense of euphoria, optimism and serenity while neutralizing the vigor which accompanies the consumption of caffeine in tea.

**Caffeinated Teas -may help to prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and osteoporosis, as well as boosting the immune system.

**Brewed Teas are Best-To achieve the greatest health benefits, drink tea brewed from loose leaves or teabags. The longer the tea is steeped, the more antioxidants it will provide (though the caffeine content will also rise with steeping time). Tea should be allowed to steep for at least 3-5 minutes so that the majority of its antioxidants will be released. Iced teas made from brewed tea leaves are as high in antioxidants as hot teas. Iced teas should be kept in sealed containers and refrigerated. Powdered teas are not as high in antioxidants and thus will not offer the same health benefits. Most bottled teas consist predominantly of sugar and water and are not a good source of antioxidants.

**Herbal Teas-Herbal teas do not offer the same benefits as black, red, green and white caffeinated teas, but they can provide a number of other health benefits.

**Tea provides about 22% of the total intake of flavonoids in the U.S. diet, almost as much as fruits (28%) and vegetables (26%).

**Green tea catechins have been shown to protect the liver against toxins such as alcohol and cigarette smoke.

Tea is delicious and calorie-free to boot! I think I will go and have a glass now. Why don't you!

14 comments:

skywind said...
Yes, the tea is very better healthy drink.
I agree with you tea is a great drink...I have a herbal tea that I like but I've never seemed to acquire a taste Green Tea...I guess I should give it a try again!

Hope your throat is better soon...

Cheers
Empty Streets said...
Dropping by to check on what is new over here :) Hope you had a great week and wishing you a great weekend to come :)
gLoR!e said...
I strongly agree..If i have some illness or just cough and cold. I drink tea unfortunately i only drink if i get sick..hehehe
betchai said...
thanks for the reminder heidi, yes, i will have a glass of tea now too :)
BeadedTail said...
Great post full of wonderful information on tea! I think I'll go have a glass of tea now too!
Cascia said...
Tea is great! I hope your sore throat gets better soon.
VetTech said...
Because of the tanins it contains, a cold compress of unsweetened cold tea will quickly reduce pain and inflammation associated with sunburn...this actually will help with most minor household burns...its also a great way to soothe your pets paw pads.

Tea with caffeine is also a diuretic...so its a great way to beat bloat.

The only thing wrong with tea is that its not coffee.
EastCoastLife said...
Let's have tea together!
I love to drink tea too.
I must have a cup of milk tea every morning. :)
And throughout the day, it's Chinese kungfu tea!
Dori said...
I love tea also. I hope your throat feels better soon :)
smilinggreenmom said...
I just found your blog and can't wait to keep reading :) I am a mom on a health mission too!! Our son had severe Eczema and nothing seemed to help him until we put him on a children's probiotic from Vidazorb (which I have read actually helps with weight too by the way) and because of everything we went through...I have really tried to eliminate unhealthy processed food, eat more whole foods, less meat, no white sugar etc. I really am going to have to try green tea again- I tried it several yrs ago and the taste about made me...well, lets just say it was not pleasant to me. I would like to be able to drink it though bc of all of it's health benefits! Do you know if kids can drink tea? Thanks! smilinggreenmom (tweet me!)
EastCoastLife said...
Stopping by to drop EC and to wish you a happy weekend!

Eat healthily. :P
Good post. I love tea as a standalone drink and the fact that it has so many health benefits is a fantastic bonus.
I am liking tea more and more lately. It's good to know the info about the different types of teas. I am trying to cut back on my coffee drinking as it is causing some health issues.

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