Health benefits-of-tea are found in all varieties of true tea. The many health benefits-of-tea can include a beneficial effect on improving heart health, cognitive ability and offer some protection against cancer. Tea of all varieties can enhance your opportunity for a healthy retirement.
Tea varieties include black, white, green and oolong. Each comes from the Camellia plant:
One of the many health benefits-of-tea include a beneficial effect on reducing atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries occurs when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the walls of arteries and form hard structures called plaques.
Studies have shown that the flavonoid components of tea can significantly reduce oxidation of tissues. Both green and white teas contain high levels of the powerful antioxidant, quercetin, as well as other special flavonoids. These flavonoids not only reduce oxidation of LDL cholesterol, but also have powerful anticancer effects. Tea is a great addition to your diet especially if you add a little Pink Fijian Ginger to your cup. Among other benefits the ginger will help lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. Ginger also contains curcumin which is a known cancer fighter.
Quercetin is a flavonoid that has shown great promise in preventing cardiovascular disease. It is found in the highest concentrations in onions, tea, cranberries, kale and apples. Several studies have shown a strong correlation between flavonoid intake and a reduction in heart attacks and strokes. Quercetin and other flavonoids are big reasons for the health benefits-of-tea.
When considering the benefits-of-tea, consider white tea because it is the least processed of all teas and has very little caffeine. Consumption of white tea or green tea has been shown to improve cognitive ability. This is because white and green tea contains more of the flavonoid (epicatechin) that has been shown to prevent oxidation of LDL and HDL in the brain, which become harmful only when oxidized.
Another benefit of tea is that the flavonoids found in tea have been shown to bind tightly to the collagen in tissues, including blood vessels, protecting the collagen against destruction. This improves blood vessel strength. Collagen is a type of protein, fibrous in nature that connects and supports other bodily tissues. This is a great benefit that helps maintain a youthful complexion.
One drawback of drinking tea (especially black tea) is that it contains high levels of aluminum. Recent studies, however, have shown that aluminum was not well absorbed most likely because it was bound by the flavonoids in the tea. Lemon in tea increases aluminum absorption. For this reason, adding lemon to tea should be avoided.
Green tea is rich in vitamin K, which helps maintain bone density. However, if you are taking a prescription drug for anticoagulation or are on aspirin therapy be sure to tell your physician that you consume green tea. The vitamin K in green tea can reverse the effect of the drug. I am on aspirin therapy for a previous heart condition and continue to drink one to two cups of green tea per day.
Additionally, black tea and to some extent green tea contains a high amount of fluoride. White tea has very low levels of fluoride and has the highest antioxidant levels. White tea is the healthiest alternative with green tea as a close second.
Coffee has some health benefits because it contains some flavonoids and helpful minerals, such as zinc and magnesium. Some studies have indicated that coffee may be beneficial in preventing type-2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
Coffee does contain caffeine that can raise blood pressure and contribute to cardiac muscle irritability. Decaffeinated coffee contains hydrogen peroxide that can add to your body’s free-radical burden. Moderate amounts of decaffeinated coffee is ok especially if you maintain a healthy level of antioxidants.
On balance if you are drinking either tea or coffee for your health, the health benefits-of-tea is probably superior. I limit my coffee consumption to one or two cups per day and enjoy both black and green tea each day.
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