By now, most of us have heard that tea helps protect our health and prevent disease. But, research has often been inconsistent, and we may not yet fully understand the potential of tea or exactly how it works.
Tea is one of the best sources of anti-oxidants. This plant contains many different forms of anti-oxidant, with EGCG being the most plentiful. EGCG makes up about 30% of tea’s total anti-oxidant value. And, this is good news because EGCG is a very potent anti-oxidant.
Some of the diseases that tea may have the power to prevent include:
Type II Diabetes
However, in many cases, we don’t know exactly which anti-oxidants in tea perform what functions, or how they all work together to prevent disease.
For example, some studies have shown that tea prevented disease, but not in the way that was expected. One study on tea’s ability to reverse endothelial dysfunction raised as many questions as it answered.
So, just what does this tell us? Well, it tells us that we need more research. We know that tea is healthy and full of anti-oxidants, and we know that anti-oxidants prevent disease. But, we still don’t precisely understand exactly how the anti-oxidants work and which tea compounds are effective on which diseases.
Most researchers will tell you that green tea is likely the most beneficial, but if black tea is your passion, don’t give it up. As time goes on, well learn more about exactly how tea works, but we do know that there’s no downside to drinking tea.
Tea is healthy. It’s lower in caffeine than coffee and sodas, so it is well tolerated even by most people who are caffeine sensitive. Tea contains fluoride, making it healthy for your teeth. And, drinking tea has no side effects.
Tea is also inexpensive and easy to come by. As it has gained popularity, it is easier to find than ever. You can buy loose tea, tea bags or any number of bottled teas, many in exotic flavors. There are literally hundreds of specialty tea companies today that specialize in bringing the world’s most delicious teas to connoisseurs.
Many of the world’s finest teas are still grown in Asia, but there are also many from India. Have some fun by experimenting with different tea varieties and flavors so that you can discover the wide range of teas that are available. Each growing region of the world produces a slightly different flavor, so there are hundreds of nuances to experience.
So, whatever your pleasure, there’s a tea out there for you. Drink it hot or cold, brewed or bottled, with added milk or sugar. But, drink it! We’re likely just discovering all the ways that Passion tea can keep us healthy!