Health benefits of tea
Black, white or green. If it’s followed by the word ‘tea’…drink up!
- For starters, it helps prevent cardiovascular disease by reducing your LDL (bad) cholesterol and keeping your blood pressure in check! In fact, a 2004 study in Taiwan showed a 46% lower risk of developing high blood pressure in those who drank between 4-20 ounces of tea per day compared to those who didn’t drink it regularly.
- Tea promotes digestive health
- It appears to control glucose and insulin
- Looking to shed those extra winter pounds? Green tea can help! The caffeine, theanine and other components in green tea powder were found to suppress weight and fat accumulation in laboratory mice.
Tea experts disagree on this one. Some suggest two 8-ounce cups per day is enough to offer health benefits, while others say five or more cups. My advice? Just drink it! Start drinking it if you don’t and keep drinking it if you do!
How about iced tea?
Iced tea offers the same benefits as long as it starts out hot and then is cooled down. Oh, and store bought powdered mixtures don’t count!