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Tea for Health
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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.

Zero calories.
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 the body.

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.

It has antioxidant properties.
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.

Think flavonoids.
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.

Think green.
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.

However, 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.

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