Even though scientists and regulatory agencies are reluctant to give their seal of approval, scientific studies continue to reveal that the properties in tea contribute positively to health and may even play a crucial role in the prevention of certain diseases â€“ enough reason for more and more people to turn to a â€œcuppa teaâ€ (especially green tea) to improve and maintain well being.
In China, where tea was first cultivated, it was valued and used for its medicinal properties long before it became a staple drink in every household. Tea was believed to not only relieve fatigue and improve concentration, but also to aid in digestion, and purify the body. With the use of modern technology, scientists are now getting to the root of these claims and are better able to explain how tea affects health and healing.
Just like fruits and vegetables, tea contains phyto-nutrients (flavenoids) with antioxidant properties which neutralize so-called free radicals. These are highly reactive molecules, capable of causing damage on a cellular level, thereby contributing to the development of chronic disease.
While researchers continue to explore the various mechanisms through which tea flavenoids operate, the results of recent studies show that drinking tea regularly
- Â may play a role in reducing cardiovascular disease, reducing incidents of heart attacks and stroke.
- may contribute to healthy blood vessel function.
- possibly lowers the risk of certain cancers as tea flavenoids may inhibit the oxidative changes in DNA caused by free radicals and some carcinogens.
- supports the immune system and fights cold and flu through its anti-viral properties.
- contributes to tooth and gum health since it is a natural source of fluoride.
- can help keep bones healthy and strong.
Tea is the most consumed beverage next to water and has a great impact on balanced nutrition, an important factor in fighting many degenerative diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Tea is an inexpensive beverage and easily available almost anywhere in the world. It has been time-tested by civilizations over millennia and science is now confirming what ancient healers knew thousands of years ago.
Whether you drink white, green or black tea for your health, important is that you enjoy that cup and enjoy it often.
Who knows, it may just be true that â€œ3 cups a day, keep the doctor awayâ€!