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Since tea can be served iced or hot, tea can be a delicious beverage any season. But its benefits go far beyond refreshment. There is plenty of research showing that drinking tea can actually improve your health.
From the beginning, tea was sought by the Chinese primarily for the health benefits it provided. Eventually, tea drinking spread to Japan, India, Europe and the rest of the world.
When I meet my customers, they share concerns about their health. Some people are seeking an alternative to coffee or soft drinks. They realize that food plays an important role in how they feel.
Tea has lots of great benefits for human health. The chemistry of tea is complex. Tea leaves contain thousands of antioxidants that have been shown to prevent free radicals from damaging DNA. When uncontrolled free radicals react in the body, they can have far-reaching, damaging effects on health and lead to cancer growth, heart disease, and other degenerative diseases.
Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, and boost your immune system. Antioxidants found in tea have proven to be powerful: several studies have shown teas can help fight viruses, slow aging, reduce the risk of heart disease, and even prevent cancer.
Unadulterated tea is calorie free. Remember, sweet bottled tea cannot substitute for loose-leaf tea. Unfortunately, the enormous amount of sugar in bottled tea, combined with a long processing time, reduces the tea’s health benefits.
Another factor that makes tea unique is its ability to balance the stimulating effect of caffeine with a relaxing and calming effect on the brain. Infused tea contains less caffeine than coffee. However, due to an amino acid called L-theanine, tea’s caffeine absorbs into the body much more slowly, resulting in a period of alertness without spikes or jitters.
It is important to understand that tea has the best health benefits if it’s produced without pesticides. Pesticides have been shown to have numerous harmful effects on our health.
Organic teas are free from pesticides and fertilizers, which can cause long-term health problems. They are safer for you, the farmers that grow the tea and the environment.
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