So is green tea really the panacea of all things healthy? Believers claim it protects our hearts while it diminishes the risk of fatal illness, protects against cancer, helps liver function, assists 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 a day does offer some 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 important to remember that it’s not necessary to get all your fluids from drinking water. Soups, tea and fruit provide necessary fluids too. And tea doesn’t dehydrate like coffee, because it’s very low in caffeine compared to coffee.
Tea seems to offer some real health benefits. But, like most cure all’s, it’s going to take a lot more research to identify exactly what and how it helps us. In the meantime, I’ll be drinking my tea for pleasure and hopefully receive some extra benefits in the bargain.
To find out more about varieties tea, visit Tazo’s website. Their tea is excellent and the site is just plain fun.