- A refreshing stimulant tht is almost calorie-free if taken plain.
- Contains antioxodants and bioflavonoids, which may lower the risk or cancer, heart disease, and stroke,
- Contains tannins, which may provide protection against tooth decay.
- Herbal teas are caffeine-free
- Tannins descrease iron absorption if tea is consumed with meals.
- Has a diuretic effect that increase urination.
- May cause insomnia in caffeine-sensitive people
AN ANTIOXIDANT BREW
Tea contains hundreds of compounds, including various flavonoids, a class of chemical with powerful antioxidant properties, A subclass of flavonoids, the catechins, is responsible for the flavor as well as many of the beneficial health effects of tea.
TEA'S HEALTH BENEFITS
There are many positive studies regarding the health benefits of tea.
Heart Disease. The antioxidants in tea may explain the fact that people who drink a lot of tea are much less likely to die from heart disease, Antioxidants prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, making it less likely to stick to artery walls.
Stroke. One study found that the risk of stroke was reduced by about 70 percent in men who drank five or more cups of black tea a days, and other studies showed that the risk of having a heart attack was reduced by more than 40 percent for men and women who consumed one or more cups of tea per day. Flavonoids may protect against strokein two ways, They reduce the ability of blood platelets to form clots, the cause of most strokes, They also block some of the damage caused to arteries by free radicals, unstable molecules that ar released when the body consumes oxygen.
Cancer. A number of studies have shown that tea offers protection against a varety of cancers. A type of catechin called EGCG ( epigallocatechin gallate) is thought to be responsible for tea's anticancer properties. EGCG protects the DNA in cells form cancer-causing changes. It may also inhibit an enzyme that cancer cells need in order to replicate.
More Benefits : The flavonoids in tea may suppress the growth of harmful bacteria, which helps prevent infections, Naturally occurring theophyllines in tea dilate the airways in the lungs and have been found to help some people with asthma and other respiratory disorders to breath more freely. in fact, theophyllines have been developed as drugs to treat asthma and other constrictive lung disorders..