Tea Health Benefits

For centuries tea drinking has been anecdotally associated with various health benefits. It is only recently that its medical and health properties have begun to be investigated scientifically. Although nothing is yet clinically proven, research and studies are ongoing and most tea drinkers anticipate the results will be positive.

Tea is said to be a source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants; research reportedly finds that drinking tea helps to protect against certain cancers, strokes, heart disease, diabetes, may lower cholesterol, maintaining healthy blood pressure, preventing blood clots. Further, green tea is said to have detoxification effect, protect against radiation, prevent tooth decay. Studies also are said to show that green tea may help fight against Alzheimer’s disease.[3]

Green tea is said to contain the most antioxidant polyphenols relative to other type of tea, notably a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals. Free radicals are believed to contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems including cancer and heart disease.

Green tea and coffee may help lower your risk of having a stroke, especially when both are a regular part of your diet, according to research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.[4] Researchers estimate that the rate of heart attack decreases by 11% with consumption of 3 cups of tea per day.[5]

3 Haiken, M. (2013, June 30). Green Tea May Prevent Alzheimer's Disease, Say Four New Studies. Retrieved from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2013/06/30/green-tea-may-prevent-alzheimers-say-four-new-studies/

4 AHA. (2013, March 14). Green Tea, Coffee may Help Lower Stroke Risk. Retrieved from American Heart Association: http://newsroom.heart.org/news/green-tea-coffee-may-help-lower-stroke-risk

5 Ehrlich, S. D. (2011, October 14). Green Tea. Retrieved from University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/green-tea#ixzz2XpB7Uwix