I’ll skip right to something you may not fully realize and that is this: Our favorite drink is as good for us as it is to us.
All tea (black, green, white, red, and oolong) – whether it’s iced or hot – is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols. Think of polyphenols as little superheroes that battle free radicals. Free radicals (the villains) have one thing in mind: damaging our cells and tissues and, thereby, increasing our risk of heart disease, cancer, and countless other diseases.
The polyphenols battle these guys before they have a chance to harm us.
What’s more, pholyphenols in tea help lower LDL cholesterol.
Catechins (which green tea, in particular, is loaded with) have been shown to improve triglyceride levels and may help protect against Alzheimer’s and certain forms of cancer.
Decaffenated tea is also a healthy option. As for herbal teas, they don’t offer the same health benefits as the teas named above but they’re still BY FAR healthier than drinking soft drinks and diet soft drinks.
Photo Credit: The Tea image at the top is a fun art print available online. Click through for a closer look.