Health Benefits of Tea

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Health Benefits of Tea

By: Jason Ditto

Tea: It Does the Body Good

Studies that support the health benefits of tea drinking keep filling the headlines. There's simply no denying that a daily spot of tea does the body good.

Even though researchers can't quite agree on every aspect, I'm sold on the fact that a few cups a day will do its best to protect me from heart disease, a stroke, cancer, and more.

What Makes Tea Good for the Body?

Tea contains high levels of antioxidants, some of which are called polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins, and all of which take on the " free radicals " in the body and prevent them from harming the healthy cells on board.

In other words, sending in antioxidants is disease prevention in its finest form. Antioxidants are ready and waiting not only in teas but also in several fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats, and even wines (see my health benefits of wine article).

If that were not enough, tea also contains flouride which benefits your teeth and has bacteria killing properties which helps control bad breath and the formation of plaque.

Are All Teas Equally Good for the Body?

This is a question researchers are still squabbling over. Does green tea have more antioxidants than black tea? Should I drink instant tea or loose leaf tea for better health benefits? Is hot tea better than iced tea? And here's what it comes down to:

  • Higher quality teas may 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.

Here's a short preview of the hundreds of recent studies that boast the health benefits of tea and its antioxidants:

Heart Benefits:

  • 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).

Cancer Prevention:

  • 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).

Hypertension-Reducing Benefits:

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

Immunity-Boosting Benefits

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

Leukemia-Fighting Benefits:

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

Alzheimer's-Fighting Benefits:

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

AIDS-Fighting Benefits:

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

In Conclusion:

So how do you get started in doing your body some good with tea?

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. And of course, don't throw out the idea of enjoying instant or bottled teas when you're on the go. You just might have to drink a little more.

Don't wait any longer. Sip, savor, and fight disease today. It's never too late to enjoy the many health benefits of tea!

About The Author

Jason Ditto


Author of the www.2BASNOB.com website about the enjoyment of coffee, tea, wine and beer.

Comments

Buck 13.11.2009. 16:47

How can I find and contact a researcher or doctor with knowledge of the health benefits of tea? For a college class I am doing a research paper over the health benefits of tea, particularly those relating to students. I am required to have a primary source included and would like to contact someone with knowledge in the area. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I should go about finding one? Communication by email is enough for my purposes

Buck

Admin 13.11.2009. 16:47

You can go to a medical library and ask the librarian to do a search of recent articles about the health benefits of tea. With those results, try to contact the publisher or author(s) of the article(s) by doing a bit of extra research.

You could also do a search yourself-- www.PubMed.gov is a great place to start. Also, try www.Medlineplus.gov. That's a great resource for consumer information.

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Adrian 09.06.2012. 16:38

What are the health benefits of Green Tea? I've been drinking green tea regularly for while now, usually i sweeten it with honey.. What are the health benefits of green tea? Someone told me that it has many health benefits, what are they?

Adrian

Admin 09.06.2012. 16:38

I first started drinking Green Tea about 2 years ago after I heard about it from an aunt (with Chinese family how could I not?) and really like the taste now. At first I used to add the water boiling and it would be soo bitter but if you add it a minute after boiling the taste is so fresh and delicate, but I can't stand it with anything sweet!

Drinking green tea has many health benefits, for one it is full of antioxidants that keep the immune system working well. I hardly ever got sick or had colds before but I am told it should help people boost their immune systems, just as eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruit would add more antioxidants and vitamins into the diet and have notable health benefits.

Believe it or not rubbing green tea bags on your face after dipping in hot (not boiling) water really clears up acne and skin imperfections. Just don't let your neighbours see you doing it. GAH.

You can find out more information about green tea benefits via this article http://greenteaweightlossfacts.com/benefits/ Good read!

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<3 Oreos 04.11.2009. 19:53

What are the health benefits of Green Tea? I've been drinking green tea regularly for while now, usually i sweeten it with honey.. What are the health benefits of green tea? Someone told me that it has many health benefits, what are they?

<3 Oreos

Admin 04.11.2009. 19:53

I first started drinking Green Tea about 2 years ago after I heard about it from an aunt (with Chinese family how could I not?) and really like the taste now. At first I used to add the water boiling and it would be soo bitter but if you add it a minute after boiling the taste is so fresh and delicate, but I can't stand it with anything sweet!

Drinking green tea has many health benefits, for one it is full of antioxidants that keep the immune system working well. I hardly ever got sick or had colds before but I am told it should help people boost their immune systems, just as eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruit would add more antioxidants and vitamins into the diet and have notable health benefits.

Believe it or not rubbing green tea bags on your face after dipping in hot (not boiling) water really clears up acne and skin imperfections. Just don't let your neighbours see you doing it. GAH.

Admin

brian 09.01.2010. 23:34

What are the health benefits of white tea? Does anyone know what are the health benefits of white tea?

brian

Admin 09.01.2010. 23:34

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White tea has great anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and is a powerful anti-oxidant. It also helps lower cholesterol, increases bone density, helps lower blood pressure and is generally a great aid to the whole immune system.

I have also noticed that it helps me not to burn when I go out in strong sunlight.

I drink both chinese green tea and also white peony tea.

I think they have equal health benefits, they seem to act in very similar ways.

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mattqatsi 22.06.2008. 05:28

What are the greatest health benefits of tea? Just wondering what the health benefits of tea are... Please include exact sources

mattqatsi

Admin 22.06.2008. 05:28

It really depends on the type of tea you are planning on drinking. The biggest advantage of most teas is the anti-oxidants which is pretty general. I would check the label on whatever tea you are interested in trying to find out exactly what they have in them, look for stuff like anti-oxidants and omega acids.

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Aaron 28.08.2011. 08:09

What are the health benefits of drinking black tea? What are the health benefits of drinking black tea? Is it OK to put milk or half and half/light cream in it?
Also how many cups of black tea should be consumed in a day to get the benefits from drinking black tea? Would one cup be enough?

Aaron

Admin 28.08.2011. 08:09

The health benefits of black tea have been well documented for quite some time, and if you are thinking of adding more black tea to your diet, then its health benefits likely have played a big part in your decision. The big difference between black tea and other types of tea, like white and green tea, is that it is more oxidized. As a result of this increased oxidation, black tea is a lot more flavorful and caffeine-laden than its counterparts which do not enjoy this amount of oxidation. Another difference is that the flavor of black tea is retained for quite a while longer - sometimes, up to several years longer - than the flavor among other teas. Here are three health benefits to drinking black tea:

1. Very Low in Sodium, Fat and Calories

Provided that you drink black tea that is pure and plain, and without the addition of sweeteners, you are drinking a tea that is ultra low in sodium, fat and calories. This property of black tea is advantageous for people who want to lose weight or even just control their weight. In essence, if you merely substitute the intake of other kinds of beverages like unhealthy soda drinks with black tea, you are already doing your body a great favor in sparing it the intake of weight gain causing calories. Furthermore, if you drink more black tea in place of other beverages that contain higher amounts of sodium and fat, you are helping your body become more healthy. Too much sodium is linked with all kinds of lethal conditions and diseases, while too much fat amounts to the same thing.

2. Reduce Cardiovascular Problems

Certain studies over the years have established that there is a direct relationship between increased black tea consumption and a decrease in cardiovascular disease. In 2001, Boston University found in a study that both short-term as well as long-term drinking of black tea actually reverses something called endothelial vasomotor dysfunction in patients with coronary artery disease. This is a dysfunction which basically serves as a predictor for even more serious coronary events. The conclusions in the study backed up a previously held link between black tea and its propensity to lower cardiovascular problems.

3. Bountiful in Antioxidants

Another benefit of drinking black tea is a sizeable one: the abundance of antioxidants in it. Black tea is made from the camellia tea plant. The great benefit of this tea plant is that it comes with a plethora of the group of chemical substances known as polyphenol. These substances are one type of antioxidant, and antioxidants have been found to help in everything from the treatment of brain injury cases to treatments against hearing loss and also, potentially, Parkinson's disease. They are, however, no longer thought to significantly help fight diseases like cancer as they once were thought to.

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Julliette Ohe 13.01.2012. 02:29

Teas with the same health benefits of green tea? I love the taste and health benefits of green tea, but I've developed a sensitivity to tannins, and I can't really drink it anymore.
Are there any other teas that have similar health benefits? I've taken a liking to saffron tea, but the brand I get seems to be brewed with oolong, which makes me sick as well.

Julliette Ohe

Admin 13.01.2012. 02:29

I have heard that white tea has the most health benefits among teas.

Admin

Aaron 19.04.2010. 23:54

What are the health benefits of tea? Are there any health benefits from tea consumption? And if yes, what kind of tea is best for you?

Aaron

Admin 19.04.2010. 23:54

I believe it has alot of vitamin C. So it should keep your immune system up. Less chances of getting sick.

Admin

Cae 03.04.2013. 00:12

What are the health benefits of rose chai tea? I bought some rose chai tea yesterday and found it to be delicious. What are the health benefits of this tea?

Cae

Admin 03.04.2013. 00:12

I like tea too! I found this.

Cinnamon: Has medicinal properties, is known for it?s warming effect and aids in digestion. It?s also sweet and spicy.
Fennel Seeds: Helps with digestion and is excellent for increasing and enriching breastmilk for nursing moms. It also helps relieve colic or gassiness in babies.
Ginger Root: Great for upset tummy, chills, colds and fevers (use w/ caution if pregnant, consult w/ your health care practitioner).
Rose Hips: Very high in vitamin C, more so than many other herbs and foods. They also contain vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc. They have a wonderful sweet taste.

Cloves: Has medicinal properties and is an amazing antioxidant. Known for aiding in digestion, helping prevent colds and flu and for pain relief for tooth aches. Also helps with circulation and is great for the heart, liver and stomach.

Astragalus Root: Immune system boosting properties.

Black Peppercorns: An antioxidant, has medicinal properties and aids in digestion.

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Ezz 27.07.2008. 18:14

Do you get additional health benefits for steeping tea longer? For instance black tea they say steeping time vary from around 2-5 Minutes. If I steep it for the full 5 minutes does it release more of the health benefits within the tea?

Ezz

Admin 27.07.2008. 18:14

With black tea, most of the time they can become bitter. What causes this? Believe it or not, the boiling water cooks the tea leaves, and all of the good benefits are released. If they overcook, more than 4 minutes, all the good stuff has been released. There are no 'extras' left in the leaves and sometimes, roots, berries, etc.,
If you ever try green tea somewhere down the road, very important to follow instructions for steeping. This is a tea that could actually cause a little harm than good if steeped too long.

Admin

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