Ten healthy reasons to drink more tea March 11 2014

Here are ten healthy reasons to drink more tea.

  • Tea contains antioxidants.Tea's antioxidants protect your body from the ravages of aging.
  • An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135mg caffeine; tea contains 30-50mg per cup.
  • Tea contains a natural theanine which works as an anti-stress agent.
  • Tea is a source of the minerals manganese, essential for bone growth and body development, and potassium, vital for maintaining body fluid levels.
  • Green tea and black teas are from the same plant, "Camelia sinensis", and contain similar amounts of antioxidants and caffeine.
  • Tea without milk has no calories. Using semi-skimmed milk adds around 13 calories per cup, but you also benefit from valuable minerals and calcium.
  • Tea contains a natural source of fluoride, less than 15% of UK water has fluoride added.
  • Drinking tea (without sugar) has been associated with beneficial effects in preventing tooth decay.
  • Tea contains zinc and folic acid.
  • A study from the Netherlands found a 70% lower risk of fatal heart failure in people who drank at least two to three cups of tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers