Benefits of Drinking Tea

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imageSoda and juices have high sugar content. The best way to avoid soda and juices is to sip on iced(or hot) tea! My hubby saw this cool tea box while on our trip to Argentina. I just had to get it!  I love tea!

Here’s what some studies have found about the potential health benefits of tea:

Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.

Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.

White tea: Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.

Oolong tea: In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.

Pu-erh tea: Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.

My favorites teas are oolong and white tea! What’s yours?

 

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Hi, I'm Dr. Dee! I enjoy maintaining a healthy lifestyle through fitness, baking, and cooking! My hobbies include crocheting, reading health and nutrition books, and of course, writing posts! I also love traveling and trying new foods. I'm a wife and mother of a beautiful daughter. I'm also known at home as Grammy to a white, energetic Bichon named "Princess"! All information provided are for informtional or educational purposes only. While I am not a medical doctor and can't give medical advice I read a vast amount of books on nutrition and overall health. However, please consult a physican in respect to your symptons or medical conditions. As a dedicated and positive individual, I want to spread the joy of healthy living! Come on this journey with me! My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 16:9 "In his heart, a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his step."

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