Enjoy the Health Benefits of Tea

Keeping fresh iced tea in the fridge is a summer staple. In addition to being flavorful and offering varieties for every taste, there’s compelling evidence that tea reduces the risk of heart disease, and possibly even helps prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Indeed, tea is considered a super food — whether it’s black, green, white, or oolong. All those tea types come from the same tea plant, Camellia sinensis. They are rich in polyphenols, antioxidants that detoxify cell-damaging free radicals in the body. Tea has about eight to 10 times the polyphenols found in fruits and vegetables.

Reducing and preventing disease

Studies show that tea can be highly beneficial to our health. Research suggests that regular tea drinkers — people who drink two cups or more a day — have less heart disease and stroke, lower total and LDL cholesterol, and recover from heart attacks faster. There’s also evidence that tea may help fight ovarian and breast cancers.

Tea also helps soothe stress and keep us relaxed. One British study found that people who drank black tea were able to de-stress faster than those who drank a fake tea substitute. The tea drinkers had lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.

The secret ingredient in tea

Catechins, a type of disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant, are the key to tea’s health benefits. The longer you steep the tea, the more flavonoids you’ll get in your brew. To get the best tea benefit, some studies suggest drinking three cups each day to cut heart disease risk. Drink decaffeinated tea if caffeine consumption is an issue for you.

Since iced tea is diluted, it’s a lighter source of flavonoids — but it still counts!

Choose to drink tea whenever you can, especially as a substitute for soft drinks. In the long run, drinking tea helps tote up the antioxidants you get in a day’s time.

Easy sun tea recipe

  1. Get a clear glass gallon-sized jar. The glass lets the sun in, and doesn’t give tea any strange odors or tastes that come from plastic.
  2. Use black tea: 16 teabags to make one gallon (16 cups) of sun tea.
  3. Find a sunny spot outside for your sun tea jar. Let it soak up the sun’s rays for about three hours.
  4. Remove tea bags. Pour over ice for a great summer treat!

 

Be sure to check out the CBIA Healthy Connections wellness program at your company’s next renewal. Employees in this program have access to tools and information that can help improve their overall physical and mental well-being. The program is free to both you and your employees as part of your participation in CBIA Health Connections!