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Ten healthy reasons to drink more tea

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
  • Decaffeinated and Earl Grey Tea now available

    We are pleased to announce that Plymouth Tea has recently added a Decaffeinated tea and Earl Grey tea to its existing list of blends. These blends are now available to order through the website in bags of 300.

    In-keeping with our existing approach both blends seek to maintain the utmost quality and flavour and provide tea drinkers with a real taste of luxury.

    Our decaffeinated tea consists of some of the finest Indian and Kenyan teas to create a luxury decaffeinated blend that we hope will allow everyone to enjoy the taste of quality tea, minus the caffeine. Traditionally decaffeinated tea has a reputation for lacking in flavour, colour and strength which is why we have strived to keep the standard of this blend as high as would be expected from a Plymouth Tea.

    The natural decaffeination process that we employ ensures that this tea still maintains its robust, rich and refreshing flavour, meaning that the drinker does not have to compromise on the quality when selecting our decaffeinated tea.

    Likewise our new Earl Grey tea is a blend of fine teas which have been treated with natural oils of the Bergamot citrus fruit, which gives the tea a distinctive perfumed aroma and flavour. We are confident we have created one of the finest Earls Grey Teas available.

    The story behind Earl Grey tea is an interesting one. Legend has it that the tea was created in the honour of the Prime Minister, Charles Grey (the 2nd Earl Grey) who helped rescue the drowning son of a Chinese mandarin while on a diplomatic mission. The mandarin was so grateful that he presented the Earl with the blend in 1803.

    Delicately scented with Oil of Bergamot, you can smell the rich aroma of the tea before you have even opened the package. Our Earl Grey can be taken with or without milk or with a slice of fresh lemon for a refreshing and revitalising drink.

    We hope that the addition of these new blends will provide our customers with more choice and will help us to give our trade customers a fuller selection of Plymouth Tea to keep their customers happy.

    If you have tried either of our new blends or indeed any of our teas we would love to hear from you. Please feel free to send us your feedback either via the website, email or via our Facebook page.

    Another good reason to drink Plymouth Tea

    We were all interested to read today that boffins at the University of California in Los Angeles have backed up research published early this year that suggested four cups of tea a day can significantly reduce the risk of a stroke.

    Clever Scientists found that tea offers powerful protection against blood clots that kill around 200 people every day in the UK.

    Apparently, just three cups of tea a day can reduce the risk of a stroke by around 20 percent.

    Cup of Tea with Lemon and Spoon

    There have been many studies in the past highlighting the protective effects of tea, but hard evidence has until now been thin on the ground. The team from UCLA searched through a number of previous studies to carry out what they call 'meta-analysis', where the findings are combined to come up with more meaningful data.

    The results published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that people drinking the highest amount of tea a day - three cups or more - were 20 percent less likely to fall ill than those drinking less tea.

    Previous studies by the same team found that black tea was just as effective as green tea, as antioxidants in both appeared to protect against the kind of damage to the body that causes heart attacks and strokes.

    It's good to hear there is now scientific evidence to suggest drinking tea is good for you - in the Plymouth Tea office we get through a fair few cups a day, so hopefully we benefit from maximum protection. Now all we need is some studies on the positive effects of cake on weight-loss...here's hoping.

    Plymouth Tea featured in Devon Life Magazine

    Plymouth Tea has been featured in the November issue of Devon Life Magazine. The local magazine has put together some Christmas gift ideas including a tasty Devon hamper full of local produce from all over the county. There is Chilli Jam from South Devon Chilli farm, Blood Orange Marmalade from Cranfields foods and Devon Cider Mustard from Highfield preserves to name but a few.

    Of course the star of the show is our tea! They have recommended Drake's blend but we would be so bold as to say that Mayflower and Armada would go down just as well with a slice of Christmas cake or a mince-pie.

    We think a hamper is a great idea for a gift for Christmas.

     

    • Tim Cross

    Plymouth Tea named River Cottage Drink Producer of the Month

    Plymouth Tea has been named drink producer of the month by River Cottage.net - we are all very pleased with ourselves!

     

    • Tim Cross

    Plymouth Tea Full Range

    Plymouth Tea Full Range!

     

    We here at Plymouth tea like to think that we listen to what you our very attractive and young looking customers want.

     We have received many cheek blushing compliments about our tea since we launched in Feb(it doesn’t seem 5 minutes ago) and so we have decided to add to our own 3 unique blends for catering purposes.

     

    Plymouth tea are proud to say that along with Drakes, Armada and Mayflower an establishment can now purchase the following:

     

    • Earl Grey
    • Redbush
    • Green
    • Decaffeinated

     

    In the new year we also hope to have added a selection of fruit teas. If you are interested in serving Plymouth Luxury Teas please call us for an informal chat on 01752 317467

     

    The Plymouth Tea Team!

    • Tim Cross