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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Health Tip ~ Benefits of Green and Black Tea

It's all about the flavonoids~

Drinking a cup or three of freshly brewed green or black tea may save your life. While tea drinking has been hailed for centuries, it's only been in recent years that the medicinal properties of tea have been understood.

Tea has a high content of flavonoids — plant-derived compounds that are antioxidants. Flavonoids impede the oxidative damage to cells. Studies have found consuming green and black tea reduces the risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder. The antioxidants in green, black, and oolong teas can help block the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (good) cholesterol and improve artery function.

If you haven't put the tea kettle on yet, drinking green and black tea also helps you lose weight!

Aahh, now I hear those tea kettles whistling in the background....

Be sure to allow your freshly brewed tea to steep for three to five minutes for full benefit. Stay away from decaffeinated, instant, or bottled tea as they have less of the plant derived compounds and will not give you the same benefits.

Brewing a cup of green tea now~

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