Two small cups of tea have the same amount of vitamin C as a glass of orange juice. Tea is also a good source of folic acid, potassium, Vitamin B-Complex, Vitamins E, K and other essential nutrients like manganese and niacin.
Tea contains polyphenols that may help the body fight the harmful free radicals that can cause cancer, heart disease and other ailments. It may also have an anti-aging effect. Both black and green tea also contain flavonoids that may restrict the buildup of cholesterol and help with blood vessel functionality. The polyphenols in tea have been shown to increase the number of white blood cells, helping to boost our immune systems.
The polysaccharides in tea may be helpful to diabetics , as they may help to lower blood sugar.
Dental and Digestive Support
The catechins (tannin) found in tea contain antibacterial properties that may reduce plaque. Tea also contains naturally-occuring fluoride that helps protect against tooth decay. Fluoride is extracted from the soil by the tea plant. This identified mineral also strengthens bones and prevents osteoporosis.
The polyphenols in tea help with digestion of fatty food by increasing the flow of digestive juices and are thought to have a anti-bacterial effect, as well.
Tea Wellness Links
The Tea Council [www.teahealth.co.uk] The Tea Council offers tea and health factsheets that are short and informative guides for health professionals to keep as useful reference materials.