Here's an interesting little article on Tea. Although I didn't know that studies had suggested that it can "dehydrate" you it's good to know that Tea has extra benefits in addition to keeping you wet. :p ((ARTICLE EXCERPT))
Drinking three or more cups of tea a day is as good for you as drinking plenty of water and may even have extra health benefits, say researchers.
The work in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition dispels the common belief that tea dehydrates.
Tea not only rehydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers, UK nutritionists found.
Experts believe flavonoids are the key ingredient in tea that promote health.
Full article available via BBC NEWS | Health | Tea 'healthier' drink than water.
It's also interesting to note that there is a wealth of new information coming out about the potential benefits of teas, such as several new articles on Green Tea such as a potential to fight glaucoma, other eye diseases, and even lung cancer.
New Evidence That Green Tea May Help Fight Glaucoma and Other Eye Diseases
ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2010) — Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea -- renowned for their powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting properties -- do penetrate into tissues of the eye. Their new report, the first documenting how the lens, retina, and other eye tissues absorb these substances, raises the possibility that green tea may protect against glaucoma and other common eye diseases.
Full article via Science Daily.
Green Tea Could Modify the Effect of Cigarette Smoking on Lung Cancer Risk
ScienceDaily (Jan. 13, 2010) — Drinking green tea could modulate the effect of smoking on lung cancer.
"Lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer deaths in Taiwan," said I-Hsin Lin, M.S., a student at Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan. "Tea, particularly green tea, has received a great deal of attention because tea polyphenols are strong antioxidants, and tea preparations have shown inhibitory activity against tumorigenesis."
Among smokers and non-smokers, those who did not drink green tea had a 5.16-fold increased risk of lung cancer compared with those who drank at least one cup of green tea per day. Among smokers, those who did not drink green tea at all had a 12.71-fold increased risk of lung cancer compared with those who drank at least one cup of green tea per day.
If you are going to buy green tea get it fresh, preferably organic, and from a trusted source. For example:
Yogi Tea, Green Tea Mint Garden
Uplift Your Senses with Green Tea Mint Garden
Take a deep breath and fill your spirit with the uplifting fragrance of our Green Tea Mint Garden. Our all organic blend combines refreshing Peppermint and relaxing Spearmint with the highest quality Green Teas from India, China and Sri Lanka. The unique zing of Lemongrass completes this delicious medley that bursts with purifying antioxidants and delectable flavors. Relax and awaken your senses with a cup of this invigorating blend.
People have been drinking tea for thousands of years, but in the last couple of decades a number of potential health benefits have been attributed to this ancient beverage. Black tea and green tea are made from the same plant, but a higher level of the original substances endure in the less-processed green form.
Check out the health benefits, studies, dosage, and yes even interactions at iHerbs Natural Library.
You can find Yogi Tea at many super markets, or you can buy it online, along with many other tea's, herbs, supplements, vitamins and more at iHerb.com
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