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Fu Dao Newsletter Summer 2009

June 17, 2009

Fu Dao Dosen

Summer is approaching and time has come to talk about Tea and its Health Benefits. 

 

Although most people tend to think that tea drinking is essentially for the winter time, Chinese Medicine has used green and white tea as a remedy for inner-heat since thousands of years and some African countries have adopted this custom since the beginning. In north Africa for instance, tea is even mixed with mint to clear away the heat!

 

But that is not the only health benefit of tea, in fact tea is more than just a simple beverage and there are lots of reasons why one should enjoy a cup of tea apart from its aroma and all the feel-good sensations. 

 

If you’re not drinking tea yet, read carefully these 10 ways tea does your body good !

 

1. Tea contains antioxidants which protect your body from the ravages of aging and the effects of pollution.

 

2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee. Coffee usually has two to three times the caffeine of tea. A cup of coffee contains around 135 mg of caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup. If drinking coffee gives you the tremor, causes indigestion or headaches or interferes with sleep — switch to tea.

 

3. Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Unwanted blood clots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free. A 5.6-year study from the Netherlands found a 70% lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers. 

 

 4. Tea protects your bones. It’s not just the milk added to tea that builds strong bones. One study that compared tea drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors. The authors suggest that this may be the work of tea’s many beneficial phytochemicals.

 

5. Tea without sugar, gives you a bright smile as it contains fluoride and tannins that may keep your teeth in good shape.

 

6. Tea boosts your immune defenses. Drinking tea may help your body’s immune system fight off infection. When 21 volunteers drank either five cups of tea or coffee each day for four weeks, researchers saw higher immune system activity in the blood of the tea drinkers.

 

7. Tea protects against cancer. Thank the polyphenols, the antioxidants found in tea, once again for their cancer-fighting effects. While the overall research is inconclusive, there are enough studies that show the potential protective effects of drinking tea to make adding tea to your list of daily beverages. 

 

 8. Tea helps keep you hydrated. Caffeinated beverages, including tea, used to be on the list of beverages that didn’t contribute to our daily fluid needs. Since caffeine is a diuretic and makes us go more often to the toilet, the thought was that caffeinated beverages couldn’t contribute to our overall fluid requirement. However, recent research has shown that the caffeine really doesn’t matter — tea and other caffeinated beverages definitely contribute to our fluid needs. The only time the caffeine becomes a problem as far as fluid is concerned is when you drink more than five or six cups of a caffeinated beverage at one time.

 

9. Tea is calorie-free. Tea doesn’t have any calories, unless you add sugar or milk. Consuming even 250 fewer calories per day can result in losing half a kilo per week. If you’re looking for a satisfying, calorie-free beverage, tea is a top choice.

 

10. Tea increases your metabolism. Lots of people complain about a slow metabolic rate and their inability to lose weight. Green tea has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Over a year’s time you could lose eight pounds just by drinking green tea. Of course, taking a 15-minute walk every day will also burn calories.

 

Well, now that tea drinking has probably become one of your priorities, visit Fu Dao online teashop and select the tea that suits you best. To select your tea satisfying your needs, simply use the Quality/Mood filter shown below:

 

Fu Dao Mood/Quality Filter