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August 24, 2006

Tea Is A 'Healthier' Drink Than Water

Topics: Nutrition and Cancer

tea.jpgResearch reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition dispels the common belief that tea dehydrates. The retrospective study showed that tea not only rehydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers. Experts believe that flavonoids are the key ingredient in tea that promote health:

[...] These polyphenol antioxidants are found in many foods and plants, including tea leaves, and have been shown to help prevent cell damage.

... Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so its got two things going for it ...

... Public health nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton, and colleagues at Kings College London, looked at published studies on the health effects of tea consumption.

... They found clear evidence that drinking three to four cups of tea a day can cut the chances of having a heart attack.

... Some studies suggested tea consumption protected against cancer, although this effect was less clear-cut.

.... Other health benefits seen included protection against tooth plaque and potentially tooth decay, plus bone strengthening.

... Also, a cup of tea contains fluoride, which is good for the teeth.

No, the study doesn't mean that you should stop drinking water and start just drinking tea, this could be dangerous in some people - particularly those that may have a problem with anemia. However, in terms of fluid intake, 1.5-2 litres per day is recommended, and a large percentage of tha can include tea.

My recommendation for tea is combining green tea with rooibos, about 2:1 (I always use loose tea of high quality), which makes for an incredibly healthy and delicious beverage with a very powerful mix of flavonoids with diverse beneficial biochemical and antioxidant effects - and are more bio-available than antioxidants like vitamins C and E. The benefit of drinking green tea instead of black tea (both are very good for you), is that the green tea has a tendency to make you very alert - but relaxed as well.

Posted by Richard at August 24, 2006 9:57 AM

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