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Next time you reach for that cup of coffee consider this:

Cathy Horan-Anderson

Tea has a world of health benefits for you to enjoy. Image: Russell Ord Photography

Tea has a world of health benefits for you to enjoy.
Image: Russell Ord Photography

Tea has been around for some 4000 years which is a heck of a long time! For centuries the Chinese considered tea to be a medicine and although we now enjoy it for its taste, do not forget the plethora of health benefits that a cup of tea offers:

Health benefits of Green vs Black tea?
According to recent studies green tea appears to contain a higher number of polyphenols than other tea families. Polyphenols protect the body against cell damage, in particular, by fighting the breakdown of cellular membranes caused by stressors such as smoke, pollution, viruses etc. The powerful antioxidants found in green tea may help prevent the effects of ageing and onset of illnesses such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Black tea is made through a process of oxidisation of the tea leaves which does breakdown some of the vitamins contained within the leaves but allows caffeine to be more readily absorbed into the bloodstream over a shorter period compared to green tea. This means that black tea is more effective as a physical stimulant than green tea.

Tea has many beneficial health properties:
- supports the heart system
- activates circulation
- helps detoxification & elimination of toxins
- alleviates hypertension
- reduces fatigue
- slows the ageing process
- helps digestion
- reduces cholesterol
- balances body temperature
- strengthens the immune system
- enhances concentration

So, next time you sit down with a cup of tea, have a think about all the good it is doing for you.

Source: Tea (second edition) by Gascoyne, Marchand, Desharnais & Americi