Enough about coffee --- for
now, at least! There’s another beverage that is equally as healthful and
refreshing and good for one’s body. What is it? Well, it’s none other but
tea. Yup! The ancient Chinese drink, adopted by the British and later, the whole
world, is actually a healthful drink! Here are some reason why you should drink
more of it.
Tea has no calories and like water can be imbibed by people on diets. Never mind
its so called diuretic properties or the fact that it has caffeine. Recent
studies show that such properties do not matter much when fluid intake is
concerned. In fact a study in the United Kingdom revealed that drinking 5 to 6
cups of tea a day, may actually be of help in retaining much needed fluids for
Of course, tea gains calories
when sugar and milk is added. Nonetheless, it then becomes a very delicious
means by which we get vitamins and minerals.
Living in polluted areas, eating food high in fat and stress can lead to the
production of free radicals—unstable molecules that have been identified as
one of the possible causes of cancer and disease. Drinking tea, however, may
prove detrimental to free radicals, as it has antioxidant that are actually good
for the body.
Flavo-what? Tea has a substance known as flavonoids. It is actually an
antioxidant that has excited medical scientist the world over for what may be
its anti-cancer properties. Indeed, it has been described as cancer preventive,
although much still needs to be done in verifying this claim. Anyway, studies
have proven that tea inhibits tumorigenesis at the start, promotion and
progression of cancer.
Incidentally, flavonoids can
actually survive processing no matter how much we abuse the preparation related
to tea-making. In fact, such an antioxidant can be found even in ice tea.
The Japanese, who are known to drink quite a lot of tea themselves, have studied
tea and its properties and found that it has an effect on specific cancers. To
be specific, they found that drinking green tea might be beneficial for stomach
cancer; and that it might be protective as well, against the recurrence of
breast cancer in its early stages.
all these claims need to be verified by additional studies and are not yet
conclusive of any therapeutic or medicinal claim. Nonetheless, it would be worth
our while to enjoy a steaming (or cold) “cuppa tea” while waiting for
scientific verifications to come our way. After all, tea is still a delicious,
if not, healthful beverage.