How Much Healthier You Can Be!
Maybe the English are on to something with their afternoon teas! Numerous studies have revealed the health benefits of tea – from lowering the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, to skin appearance to reduction of belly fat and body weight. Many of the studies used a placebo control substance containing caffeine to rule out the effects of caffeine as the health-bestowing substance.
It appears the beneficial compounds are strong antioxidant substances called polyphenols, antioxidants that can detoxify cell-damaging free radicals in the body. And you don’t need mega-doses. Subjects in one of the latest studies on blood pressure and tea realized the benefits from drinking just three cups of black tea per day!
Technically, only brews made from the Camellia sinensis plant are truly teas. Black, green, oolong, white and pu-erh teas are the five basic tea varieties. Black and green have been studied the most for their health benefits. Pu-erh teas have the least amount of flavonoids and polyphenols, the main substances found to be responsible for major health benefits. Although herbal teas may have health benefits of their own, they are technically not teas, but blends of several different plants. So if you’re a “teetotaler” and abstain from alcohol, become a “teatotaler.” Even if you aren’t a teetotaler that’s ok, you can be both.