All teas are rich in antioxidants& polyphenols that destroy free radicals in the body. Long-time tea researcher John Weisburger at the Institute for Cancer Prevention in N.Y. says that eight to 10 times the polyphenols found in fruits and vegetables are found in tea.
Studies on humans and animals show that tea is high beneficial to our health. Research suggests that those who drink tea regularly - say two cups to three cups or more a day - are prone less to heart disease and stroke. Tea also lowers LDL cholesterol, and those who drink tea recover from heart attacks faster.
* Tea helps fight ovary and breast cancer.
* Tea keeps us relaxed and relieves us of stress and tiredness.A British study findings say that people who drank black tea de-stress faster.
* Tea drinkers have lower cortisol( a stress hormone) levels.
The Secret Ingredient in Tea
Tea's health benefits are due to catechins a type of disease-fighting antioxidant and flavonoid.
Here's a tip:
When you steep the tea longer, you get more flavonoids.
Studies suggests that to get the best benefit out of tea , drink three cups each day to cut the risk of heart disease.
Iced tea is a lighter source of flavonoids - but it still matters!
Choose to drink tea as a substitute for soft drinks whenever you can. Drink tea regularly to spike up the antioxidants you get in a day.