The Truth about Tea

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August 14, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

Teas are becoming more popular these days whether in vending machines or in the mall food court, everyone is jumping on board. Rumor has it that tea is beneficial for your health – but is it all just part of the hype? Some people may be hesitant or think there has to be a catch.

Good news! Tea has indeed been found to benefit your health in a variety of ways. Different kinds of teas have their own benefits but as a whole, they all are safe to drink. What a relief right? This is a great alternative to some trends of sugary sodas you and your family may be drinking.

The evidence
Studies have shown a strong link between tea and heart health. Because of the high antioxidant content, tea reduces blood clotting and improves widening of blood vessels in the heart. In particular black tea has been found linked to a decreased incidence of heart attack, lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure. It also has a high fluoride content attributing to the health of your teeth. Tea also seems to have antimicrobial qualities. Many other benefits can be found in teas as well.

Is there a downside?
Luckily, there is no catch seemed to be found. It’s a great alternative to coffee and other drinks. As far as caffeine content goes, it typically has less than half of that of coffee. Studies have shown no negative effect on hydration with intake of the strongest teas. Therefore, you are less likely to experience the crash you get when drinking coffee. Of course, naturally brewed tea is recommended over bottled to avoid the added sugar and calories.

Tea drinkers can breathe a sigh of relief and the rest of us can give tea a try.

 

Sources: eatright.org, webmd.com

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Authors

Dr. Wali Gauvin

Kendra Fink RD CPT

Jessica Griffin: Intern

Julianna Yi: Intern

Marielle Mangano: Intern

Jackie Page: Intern

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