Tea and Health Go Hand and Hand

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on May 16, 2019 · 0 comments

Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water.

All teas, but especially black tea have been linked to a decreased risk for heart disease. Tea contains EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) which decreases inflammation and narrowing of arteries and increases protective antioxidant activity.

Tea is virtually calorie free and contains no sodium, fat or sugar. Some research suggests that the catechins compounds found in tea in combination with caffeine may cause tea drinkers to use more calories. Over a lifetime of tea drinking this could help to control weight.

Tea appears to aid in memory, concentration and may reduce the incidence of dementia. Bioactive compounds in tea like L-theanine and EGCG enhance brain function.

Tea is soothing. It is often the beverage we reach for when we are stressed, feeling under the weather, or need a pick-me-up. With half the caffeine found in an equal serving of coffee, it is energizing without stimulation.

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