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5 Surprising Ways Tea Can Improve Your Health

July 16, 2014 in Blogs

By Andreea Nica, AlterNet

Tea's powerful properties have been shown to relieve stress and boost mental clarity.

While some swear by the aromatic, medicinal nature of tea, studies now suggest that tea can help improve quality of life, promote longevity, and help with many illnesses and health conditions.

The idea that tea is good for you originated in China over 4,000 years ago, and word quickly spread to Portugal, India and Britain. Over the last decade, the health advantages of various teas have even garnered interest among researchers. Today, tea is offered in a diverse range of flavors and is brewed with many combinations of herbs and plants. With stress inhibiting substances, cancer-fighting properties, and disease-fighting flavonoids, the medicinal benefits of tea are worth investigating and pursuing.

1. Health

Over the years, tea has been used to promote overall health and well-being. The antioxidants in tea have been found to help fight against a number of illnesses including cancers of the liver, breast and colon. According to the National Cancer Institute, tea is composed of polyphenols, a group of plant chemicals that includes catechins. Catechins are believed to contribute to the many health benefits attributed to tea. Recent studies suggest that green tea may help reduce cardiovascular risks, promote oral health, reduce blood pressure, help with weight control, act as an antibacterial agent, provide protection from harmful UV radiation and help improve skin quality.  Depending on how often you drink tea and your intent in using herbs in tea, the various benefits of tea can empower individuals to mitigate certain health conditions.

2. Caffeine

Tea generally has less caffeine than coffee, which according to some nutritionists is healthier. The idea of attenuation—the gradual loss of intensity—occurs when the intake of caffeine is high. In other words, the more caffeine you pump into your body, the less effect it may have. As a general rule of thumb, it’s best not to exceed 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine in a day for most healthy adults. Typically, an 8-ounce caffeinated tea drink (green and black) has between 14 to 70 mg of caffeine. But …read more


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