Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A cup a day, keeps the doctor away!

I am a huge fan of tea--- green, black, and chai just to name a few. This guilt free drink is a great way to start your morning, pick you up in the afternoon, or relax your body at night. Drinking tea is a staple in Indian and British culture, and it is easy to see why. Although the risks and benefits of coffee seem to be debated, tea continuously appears to have new benefits seen in research. Here are a few that I found below searching medically published articles.

* Benefits body composition and improves bone quality
* Reduces blood pressure, inflammatory biomarkers, and oxidative stress and improves parameters   associated with insulin resistance (aka developing diabetes)
* Significant factor in primary cancer prevention
* Preventive effect on recurrence of colorectal adenomas (colon cancer)
* boost the immune system and suppress autoimmune disorders
* potential hepatoprotective activity (good for the liver) which is mainly attributed to the antioxidant potential
* possible link between consumption and reduced risk of cardiovascular events ( heart attacks, strokes etc.)

Remember that just like coffee, tea does contain caffeine. Although, Green tea does usually contains a smaller amount than black. Another suggestion is to skip the sugar and use honey instead. May it is time you consider switching over from coffee to tea!

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