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"Serving Tranquility
By The Cup"

~ The Health Benefits of Tea ~ 



In ancient China, tea was considered an elixir and initially consumed for its perceived medicinal properties.  Today, more and more scientific evidence contributes to the belief that tea, indeed, is a healthy beverage.  The following provides a summary of the health benefits associated with :

Cancer Prevention– All tea contains flavonoids, which act as antioxidants that help protect the cells of the body against damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals form naturally as a result of chemical reactions during normal cellular activity and contribute to tissue damage over time.  Laboratory and animal studies have demonstrated that tea flavonoids can block the action of enzymes that cancers need for growth and can deactivate substances that promote the growth of cancers.  Some (but not all) studies have shown a connection between drinking tea (especially green tea) and lower rates of cancer.

Heart Health– A number of recent studies suggest that tea may help to decrease the incidence of heart attack by reducing cholesterol in the blood, improving the function of blood vessels, and inhibiting inflammation that contributes to arteriosclerosis.

Oral Health– Several studies have suggested that regular tea drinking may reduce the number of dental cavities, partly as a result of its high fluoride content.  Tea has also been shown to increase the acid resistance of both tooth enamel and to help prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
Bone Health- A study conducted in Taiwan showed that habitual tea consumption for more than a decade increased total bone mineral density in both men and women.  Additionally, a study among older women has linked tea to greater bone density and a lower risk of hip fractures.

Gastrointestinal Health– Long-term tea drinking may flush out bacteria that aren’t so good for the digestive system and could allow more helpful bacteria to flourish.


Tea and Caffeine

Chemically, caffeine is a member of the xanthene family. Caffeine is odorless, has a bitter taste, and is highly soluble in hot water. Caffeine occurs naturally in coffee, tea, cocoa, kola nuts and a variety of other plants.

 

In moderation, caffeine has beneficial effects on the body; it increases alertness, stimulates metabolism, and contributes to an increase in dopamine levels in the blood, which improves mood.


A Department of Nutritional Services™ report provides the following information on caffeine contents for tea made with loose leaves:

·      Black Tea:           23 – 110 mg

·      Oolong Tea:           12 – 55 mg

·      Green Tea:              8 – 36 mg

·      White Tea:              6 – 25 mg


For those who are sensitive to caffeine, we recommend using a little less and brewing your teas with slightly cooler water for a shorter period of time. Green, white, and lightly oxidized oolong teas are good choices, as they tend to benefit from lower water temperatures and shorter steeping times.

 

Since nearly 80% of the caffeine will be extracted within 30 seconds of steeping, you can easily remove most of the caffeine in any tea by following these guidelines:

·        Steep the tea in hot water for 45 seconds. Discard the liquid. Then, add water to the leaves and brew for the amount of time that is appropriate for that particular tea.


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