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The Health Benefits of Iced Tea and How to Make The Most Out of Them

Updated on July 3, 2017

Iced tea is a very refreshing drink to have in the summer months. But is it also healthy as well?

It turns out it is. Tea is full of antioxidants which help fight aging and aging-related diseases as well as cancer. Antioxidants also counteract harmful effects from pollution, radiation, and UV lights. Green tea is especially beneficial because it also boosts your metabolism and your energy without raising your blood pressure or stressing out your body.

But how much antioxidants does iced tea have? Hot tea has more antioxidants than most fruit, but some of that is sacrificed during the icing process, not to mention the processing if you are using powdered iced tea or convenience iced tea that you can pick up in the store.

But iced tea still has amazing levels of antioxidants. To get the most antioxidants this summer, it is best to ice your own tea by making hot tea and leaving it in the refrigerator overnight until cool. For maximum health benefits, drink it without sugar and with a lemon for a vitamin C kick.

But don't be discouraged if you prefer the bottled iced tea from the store. A study by Prevention Magazine found that even convenience iced tea is packed with antioxidants. The highest scoring bottled iced teas has more antioxidants than even blueberries, the antioxidant powerhouse of the fruit world. But even the lowest scoring teas have more antioxidants than strawberries and spinach.

So kick back and relax this summer with a glass of iced tea. It's one refreshing treat that's healthy at the same time.


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      Linda Courtney 7 months ago from Bensalem, PA

      Glad this is true as I love iced tea--mostly Gold Peak.