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Tea and Health
Tea has been consumed throughout its history, not only for its refreshing, energizing and soothing taste but originally for its important healing properties which now are backed up by scientific evidence. Research shows that drinking up to 5 cups a day of tea offers many health benefits. But why is tea so healthy?
Brewed tea contains a high level of polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins (found in higher quantities in higher quality teas), more commonly referred to as antioxidants. These compounds are found more abundantly in white and green teas. Another antioxidant, called theaflavin, is found after the processing of black teas. All of these antioxidants attack the cell damaging "free radicals" which are linked to cancer causing genes and heart damaging plaque and cholesterol.
In addition, tea contains many important vitamins, minerals and essential oils including Carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Thiamin, Nicotinic acid, Pantothenic acid, Manganese, Potassium, Fluoride and Folic Acid.