The Health Benefits of Different Teas

Michael D. Turashoff

Tea

Coveted for centuries in the East as the key to good health, happiness, and wisdom, tea is gaining the attention of researchers in the West who are discovering the many health benefits of different types of teas.

Research studies have shown that tea can provide help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. It can also assist in weight loss, lower cholesterol and provide mental alertness. Tea has been found to also contain antimicrobial qualities.

“There doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea,” said Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, LD, spokesperson for The American Dietetic Association. “I think it’s a great alternative to coffee drinking. First, tea has less caffeine. It’s pretty well established that the compounds in tea – their flavonoids – are good for the heart and may reduce cancer.”

However, nutritionists agree that brewed premium, organic provides the maximum health benefits, with fewer calories, sweeteners and…

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