Tea and Cardiac Ailments:
The natural oxidant properties of tea will help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. The polyphenols in tea have beneficial effect on two long established heart disease risk factors, High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure .
Tea and Cancer:
The flavins and polyphenols in tea significantly inhibit the growth of human pancreatic and prostrate tumor cells . Also tea has a role to play in changing the genes involved in the process of causing cancer. People who drink between 2 and 3 cups of tea per day might reduce their risk of developing prostrate cancer by up to 30% compared to the non tea drinkers.
Tea and Oral Health :
Tea is one of the few natural sources of fluoride and has been shown to have positive effect on preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Drinking tea improves oral health by helping prevent dental cavities, by minimizing the possibility of dental plaques, the scale caused by mouth bacteria that leads to gum disease.
Tea is a rich source of Manganese and Potassium, the two minerals essential for health.
Tea is one of the richest source of manganese in our diet , with 5-6 cups of tea providing 45% of our daily requirement. Potassium is vital for maintaining heart beat, the deficiency of which leads to erratic heart beat and fatigue. Tea is a rich source of potassium and 5-6 cups provides nearly ¾ of the recommended daily intake for an adult.
The following are the constituents of the tender tealeaves that make it a unique tasty and healthy drink.
Flavonoids, which are substances that reduce high blood pressure and harmful cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardio-vascular disease.
Tannin which adds flavour, astringency and punch to tea and has a soothing effect on the stomach helps prevent inflammation and nervous disorders.
Epigallocatechingallate which is an organic compound effective in fighting viruses that causes common cold and flu.
Saponins, which are substances that prevent fats from entering the blood stream.
Fluroide, which is a key element in promoting dental health, vital for healthy teeth and gums.
Thiamine, which is a key vitamin B that helps build concentration levels.
Caffeine, which is a mild stimulant found in tea.
Vitamin C, which helps to prevent gum infection and acts as a resistance builder , and
Minerals, such an Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.
As research into tea intensifies across the world, more and more scientists are reporting the benefits of drinking tea apart from the enjoyment and relaxation that every cup contains.