a healthy cup of tea
Everyday more and more studies seem to coming out with how healthy tea is, what different chemicals and enzymes can be suppressed by drinking tea and different diseases and deficiencies can be prevented. It seems like a miracle drink, getting more and more amazing everyday.
Here are some top health benefits of tea, via Tea Embassy
1. Tea is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants called polyphenols which can help prevent chronic diseases. Mayo Clinic researchers say a component of green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) destroys B-cell chronic lymphocylic leukemia cells by interrupting the communication signals they need to survive.
2. The discovery of flavinoids and antioxidants in tea inhibit the formation of cancer cells (antimutagenic) and decrease the number of free radicals which can lead to atherosclerosis. Drinking tea daily may help protect the heart by relaxing the blood vessels, inhibiting blood clots, and improving blood-cholesterol levels. Polyphenols inhibit the angiotensin converting the enzyme that is known to cause hypertension.
3. Dr. Jack F. Bukowski, assistant professor medicine at Harvard Medical School and staff rheumatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital discovered that tea drinking (at least 6 cups a day) boosts your immune system through activating certain components of the immune system called gamma delta T-Lymphocytes, maintaining a heightened state of readiness against bacterial, viral, parasitic, osteoporotic, and neoplastic diseases.
4. Tea leaves have fluoride and hytoestrogens, which increase bone density and guard against osteroporosis and tooth decay. “Those who drink 3-5 cups a day have a higher bone mineral density, so they have less brittle bones than those who don’t drink tea,” says Dr. Bukowski. He also states this same element may be a factor in helping certain types of hearing loss, such as otosclerosis.
With all of these benefits, it is one more reason to pick up that cuppa tea, and keep drinking.