Monday, February 7, 2011

Let's Talk About Tea - How about a power food that's cheap!


1 Or More Cups A Day!

Tea Contains:
  • Flavanoids.
  • Flouride
  • No Calories
How about a powerfood that's cheap, has no calories, is associated with relaxation and pleasure, tastes good and can be found everywhere?  Also, how about if that powerfood could lower blood pressure, helped prevent cancer and Osteoporosis, lowered your risk of stroke , promote heart health and played a probable role in preventing sun damage to the skin (such as wrinkles and skin cancer), and contributed to your daily fluid needs?
And what if to boot it were antiviral, anti-imflammatory, anticavity, antiallergy,and prevented cataracts?  

Tea is all that ....WOW!
If your not sipping orange pekoe at the office, gulping iced green tea on the golf course or enjoying som earl grey after dinner you are missing a chance to improve your health and longevitywith tea.

One cup of black tea contains about 268 milligrams of flavonoids.  One cup of green tea contains 316 but only half if it is decaffinated. 

Which power tea is the best?  Both Green Tea and Black Tea.

Tip: a cup of green or black tea before you exercise in the morning. The flavonoids begin to appear in your blood about 30 minutes, giving you an antioxidant boostand thus preparing your body to handle the free radicals generated by exercise.

Tea and Cancer:
There is evidence that tea consumption decreases your risk of stomach, prostate, breast, pancreatic, esophagus, bladder, lung cancers.  Laboratory studies show that tea inhibit the formation and growth of tumors!  Researchers have demonstrated that the catechins in tea prevent cell mutation and deactivate various carcinogens.  They also decrease the growth of cancer cells and inhibit the growth of blood vessels that tumors need in order to grow. 

More Good News:
Tea seems to have a positive effect on your dental health.  Drinking tea lowers your risk of developing cavities as well as gum disease.  One study found that tea may prevent cavity formation of up to 75%.  The flouride content of the tea inhibits cavities from developing.  Tea also seems to inhibit bacteria from clinging to the tooth surfaces, while it allso inhibits the rate of acid production of oral bacteria.

Some Power Tea Tips:

  • Brewed Tea has more health benefits then instant tea.
  • Tea Bags are as potent as loose Tea
  • Brew Tea for At least 3 minutes.
  • Squeeze the tea bag to almost double the polyphenol content.
  • Ad a wedge of lemon or lime the rind for polyphenol boost
  • If your caffein sensitive reduce brewing time to 1 minute.
  • Avoid drinking extremeley hot tea
  • Flavonoids degrade quickly so its best to drink hot or quickly iced.
So, I am going for my power tea, I always knew there had to be something great about tea.  Now you know how powerful it is make sure you add a few cups to your day!

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