Tea as with other health aids will only help as part of a healthy lifestyle; it cannot work as a miracle cure on its own - especially when biscuits are consumed with your cuppa.
Over 160 million cups of tea are enjoyed in Britain every day and you can greatly benefit from consuming 4 cups daily.
We will probably never know the full complexities of tea and how it effects our body, mood or soul. Let us just enjoy tea for the taste, aroma, colour and the miracle of an amazing drink that comes from nature.
Some of the benefits of tea are:
(All) Tea contains antioxidants, caffeine and fluoride.
Tea has hydrating properties. Common knowledge has led us to believe that caffeinated beverages actually dehydrated you more than they hydrated you. However, recent research has shown that caffeine does not make a difference unless you consume more than 5 to 6 cups at a time. Tea has been shown to actually be healthier for you than water alone in some cases because it hydrates while providing antioxidants.
Tea without milk or sugar contains zero calories, but by adding semi-skimmed milk you will only add between 10-15 calories which have the added benefits of calcium and minerals.
Tea also contains traces of zinc for growth and tissue repair, folic acid (vitamin B9) for production and maintenance of new cells, potassium which helps the body to sustain fluid levels and manganese-vital for maintaining body development and bone growth.
Results from a recent research study conducted at Northumbria University (UK) suggests that beverages containing L-Theanine and caffeine, like tea, may have positive effects on cognition and mood, such as attention and memory.
For thousands of years tea has been used in China as an after-meal digestive aid and it can help you as well due to the high levels of tannins it contains.
Tea is a natural antiseptic.
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[Disclaimer; Advice not to be replaced by advice of physician, dietician/nutritionist.]