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Tea; A Refreshing Drink That Brings You a Bunch of Health Benefits

Tea, that refreshing drink often seen as a comforting companion. In recent years it has been the subject of intense interest by researchers. That’s because studies have shown tea can help improve your health in a number of ways. 

Tea can reduce blood pressure, control blood sugar levels and even protect against certain cancers. The most common type of tea includes green tea, black tea and Oolong tea. They are also known for their antioxidants which are believed to offer added protection from heart disease and cancer-causing oxidation in cells. 

Green tea can reportedly protect you against Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. Black tea is said to boost the immune system and its antioxidant properties are also thought to protect against cancer. Oolong tea is also said to be good for weight loss. However, all three types of tea have been associated with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 

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One of the key active ingredients in green and black teas is a chemical called catechins. Catechins are believed to be responsible for many of the health benefits associated with tea consumption such as  lower risk of cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer.

Green tea is made from unfermented leaves. It contains a higher amount of natural antioxidants called polyphenols than any other tea. While black tea is made from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which are allowed to oxidize and turn brown during processing. Oolong teas are semi-oxidized, meaning they fall between green and black teas in terms of oxidation. They also contain more caffeine than either green or black tea.

Most studies have been conducted on green tea, with results suggesting it can help prevent heart disease, certain cancers and Type 2 diabetes by lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure while boosting the immune system. The antioxidant catechins in green tea are associated with a lower risk of certain cancers, including colon and liver cancer. Research also indicates that drinking three cups of green tea a day can help reduce the number of fat cells in the body. Tea has been associated with lowering insulin resistance — a common precursor to Type 2 diabetes — since it helps suppress levels of insulin.

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Those who have diabetes have increased chance of heart disease; however, research has shown that drinking moderate amounts of black or green tea can reduce the chances of developing heart disease by over 20%. Green tea prevents atherosclerosis, which is the narrowing and hardening of arteries.

Drinking four or more cups of black tea a day is linked to a lower risk of dying from infectious diseases, in particular, flu and pneumonia. Along with boosting the immune system, tea is also thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce asthma attacks.

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Catechins are believed to be responsible for many of the health benefits associated with tea consumption such as lower risk of cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer and even PMS symptoms although not all studies have been able to confirm these results. 

Green tea contains about half the catechins found in black tea. However, tea no doubt helps prevent heart disease. If a person has high levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in their blood, drinking tea can help lower levels by limiting the accumulation of LDL cholesterol. Black tea also helps to lower blood pressure, helping to protect the arteries from injury and preventing blocks in blood flow.

While many of the studies have been conducted on green tea and its various health benefits, black and Oolong teas have also been associated with reduced risk of certain cancers, notably prostate and breast cancers. Tea is made up mostly of antioxidants called polyphenols which are thought to help prevent cancer cells from growing by interfering with DNA replication and stopping growth signals being transmitted between cells. By comparison, tea contains more antioxidants than vegetables, fruits and the most popular fruit juice in Europe.

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Oolong teas contain similar antioxidants as green teas, with about 40 percent of the antioxidants found in green tea. Oolong tea contains less caffeine than black tea and decaffeinated versions are available. It also has a higher ratio of catechins to caffeine than green or black teas. Oolong tea is said to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as helping protect against asthma attacks, while black tea has also been associated with lowering cholesterol levels by reducing the amount of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol that can be deposited in the arteries.

Studies have been unable to prove the health benefits of eating foods that contain catechins. However, experts agree that if people wish to reduce their risk of heart disease and cancer they should be eating more fruits and vegetables, as well as adding tea to their diet.

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