So is green tea really the panacea of all things healthy? Depends on who you talk to. I’ve been drinking a lot of tea lately because I am far away from home and there are no Starbucks to be found. The horror!
Anyway, believers in the healing and healthy effects of green tea claim it protects our hearts while diminishing the risk of some fatal illnesses like liver disease and even some cancers. It also has shown to assist in weight loss and provides hope to Alzheimer’s victims.
That’s quite a list. Unfortunately, there are as many naysayers as there are proponents for the benefits of green tea. Some nutritionist’s claim that drinking more than four cups of black or green tea each day offers significant health benefits.
Both types of tea contain antioxidants, which destroy free radicals and help protect blood vessels and just out today, there is evidence that green tea might prevent HIV infection by slowing down the spread of the virus in people who are already infected.
One thing we do know, tea is also a good source of fluid. I feel such pressure everyday to drink 8 glasses of water and rarely, if ever, do. It’s not necessary to get all your fluids from water by the way – soups, tea and even fruit provide necessary fluids too. Also, there’s been confusion around whether tea dehydrates like coffee, but it’s very low in caffeine compared to coffee.
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