Benefits of Tea

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I love drinking tea.  The smell, the taste, I even love holding the warm mug while I curl up on the couch or sit on my porch on a beautiful fall evening.  Besides all of that, there are many health benefits that might interest you.

Because tea is low calorie unless, of course, you put in tons of sugar and milk, it can help a weight-loss program.  It is a great snack throughout the day and can be enjoyed hot or cold.  There are several different kinds of teas- black, green, white, oolong, red, herbal- each with different benefits.

Black- Tea flavonoids in black tea may be bone builders.  Drinking black tea may lower the risk of heart disease because it prevents blood from clumping and forming clots.  One cup of black tea has more antioxidant power than a serving of broccoli, carrots, or spinach.

Green- Green tea, like black tea, is full of antioxidants that help fight heart disease and some cancers.  Green tea can be linked with strong bones.  A new study suggests it can also help reduce allergens to pollen, pet dander, and dust.  The catechins in green tea can help protect joints and reduce inflammation from injury and arthritis.  Green tea is said to help to burn fat calories, however, research on the green tea drinks that promote weight loss have not yet been proven.

White- White tea is my favorite.  It is young leaves picked in early spring that contain no chlorophyll, so they are silvery white. It should only be seeped for a minute or two.  White tea appears to have more potent anticancer qualities than green tea.

Oolong- One study suggests that oolong tea helps reduce aging spots helping people look younger. Like black and green tea, oolong tea can help support strong bone mass.

Red- Red tea is less studied but it may contain the same beneficial flavonoid compounds as found in black and green teas.

Herbal- Herbal teas are actually only infusions made with herbs, flowers, roots, spices or other parts of some plants, not the Camellia sinensis bush like black, green, white, and oolong teas.  The proper term for this type of beverage is tisane, not tea.   Herbal teas are calming, support digestion, and help provide energy when needed.  Depending on specific ingredients in herbal teas there can be many other health benefits.

So the next time you enjoy your delicious cup of tea, take pride in the fact that you are supporting your health.

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