We drink so many different beverages in our lifetime. There are many people who just really want to know as to what they are taking, they just want to explore all the different things that are a part of their diet and that is a very good habit. It is really important that you just know the different things before you start out to add something in your diet on a regular basis because that way you will know as to whether the ingredients in that food or beverage are going to help you or are just going to affect your health in a negative way. Are you a person who likes to find out as to what are the different ingredients in a diet? If you are such a person then I can assure you that you would be able to maintain your health pretty positively and a good diet is going to make you really healthy.
In this article we are going to talk about the benefits of tea and as to what are the different studies that have been carried out on it and how a lot of people are benefiting from it. I think that you can also join the club of tea lovers who are just having it on a daily basis just to extract the benefits from it. A fact that we would like to share is that tea is the most used beverage in the world and it takes the second place after water. There are different types of tea. A lot of people have black tea, green as well as red tea. An important fact about tea is that it contains polyphenols and this ingredient is known for its antioxidant properties. Our body is going through a constant wear and tear process and the antioxidants help us protect our body from the oxygen free radicals that are released. These oxygen free radicals just cause a lot of damage to the cells.
Along with the fact that the tea has the antioxidative properties, it is also known to have shown the anticancer properties of polyphenols. There are studies that have been conducted in which it was shown that the polyphenols that are present in the tea are responsible for reducing the effects of the cancer such as gastric, esophageal, as well as skin cancers. The polyphenols are known to bear the anticancer effect when they are taken at about 4 to 6 cups a day. So it would not be wrong to say that the tea is a miraculous beverage that we can have to help us protect from a lot of different diseases. Another cancer that the tea protects the individuals from is ovarian cancer in women and it is being said that the women who just take about two cups of tea in a day can reduce the occurrence of ovarian cancer by 46 percent. The polyphenols are also know to prevent the formation of blood clots, as well as lower the cholesterol levels in the blood.
Now we are going to briefly discuss the level of processing of the different teas. The black and red tea are dried for a very short time and then they are just crushed and fermented and ready to use. On the other hand the green tea is the least processed tea. This processing does not affect the polyphenols that are the active ingredients in the tea through the way the different teas are being processed. The amount of caffeine contained in a tea is about 40 mg where as the caffeine present in the coffee is about 85 mg.
A very important fact that you need to know here is that there are a lot of tea products marketed as herbal, the thing that you need to know is that the herbal tea is not the tea that is being derived from the leaves but it is being derived from the roots, spices, herbs or other parts of the plant. Therefore it is important that you know the difference between the herbal tea and the tea that is being obtained from the leaves because the herbal tea just does not contain the ingredient polyphenols in it and if any of the herbal products are saying that it has the polyphenol ingredient in it then you need to be aware of that product, just buy it when you know all about it in detail. The black, green and the red tea is being derived from the tree that is known as camellia sinesis. The herbal tea is also known as tisane and it does not contain polyphenols.
In the decaff tea, the caffeine portion is being taken out of it, but it is not known whether the polyphenols are being extracted out of the tea in the process of decaffeination. So if you want to enjoy the benefits of the polyphenols, then you must take the tea that is not decaff because it definitely has the polyphenols in it. The recent research stated that if you are going to take about two to three cups of tea then your health is going to be much better than drinking only plain water.
Another important fact that needs to be mentioned here is that the tea also has flavonoids in it that help prevent cell damage. So with all the recent researches and the active ingredients present in the tea, it is being recommended that you must take the tea to promote your health.