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TEA & Health

Updated on June 24, 2009


Too much of a good thing is bad, ofcourse. But modern research seems to show that drinking tea in moderation might help ward off some health hazards.

Chaai chahiye..... May it be day or night,summer or winter,let's face it. we are hooked on to tea.More often thab bot, tea drinking is considered a bad habit, yet it seems it is more beneficial for health as compared to coffee.

Both black n green teas are high in flavonoids, a type of chemical found in all plants that helps to protect them from harm.Green tea contains a type of flavonoid called "cathechins", while black tea contains "thea LIVER PROTECTION flavins" and "thearubigens".Flavonoids may act as antioxidants,helping to prevent damage to cells from free radicals.

There is not enough information to give a precise recommendation about how much tea to drink per day.Some studies have shown benefits at one cup per day. It will take a lot more research to answer these questions with precision. But almost everyone can add up a couple of cups of tea a day without concern.

Cardiovascular Benefits:

Consumption of both black and green teas is generally associated with a lower risk of heart disease. The mechanism for this protection is unknown.It has been speculated that the antioxidant activity of chemicals in tea called flavonoids that appear to be beneficial to health.Antioxidant may help to decrease the risk of artherosclerosis by preventing lipid oxidation in the blood,making the lipids less likely to stick to artery walls.

Weight Loss:

Green tea appears to increase thermogenesis, or body heat production, which can cause weight loss. This effect used to be attributed to caffeine, but it seems that the effect is more likely due to the combination of caffiene and catechins in green tea.


Recent animal studies suggest that green tea may have anti-inflammatory properties.

Other Interesting Findings:

  • In laboratory test, green and black teas lower serum cholesterol levels in animals.
  • Black and Green teas inhibit platelet aggregation in dogs and help to prevent clot formation.
  • Incidence of heart attack decreases 11% with 3 cups per day.
  • Green and black teas slow the development and progression of atherosclerosis.


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