Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Tea Garden

The benefits of tea made from the Camellia Sinensis plant have been touted for millennia across many cultures over the globe. The four varieties; black, green, white and oolong contain healthy polypherols and phytochemicals that offer us serious health benefits.

I have always enjoyed black teas and have experimented with other varieties but recently increased my tea consumption after developing a taste for chai in 2012. It opened the proverbial "door" to the wonderful opportunities found within the tea garden.

The benefits are many....the antioxidants and catechins in tea counter free radicals thus resisting cancers and DNA damage. Tea is hydrating but also acts as a milder stimulant than coffee and does improve endurance. It is linked to improved cardiovascular health and improved metabolic response to weight control. It is linked to improved diabetes management. Most recently it has been recognized as being potentially important in preventing neurological diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons . It also offers protection to the effects of UV ray exposure and other radiations.

Surprisingly enough modern science really does not know how beneficial tea can be. Studies are increasing in scope as the paradigm of diet and health continues to experience a renaissance in approach.

. Bottom line is this.....human kind has been drinking tea since the dawn of our species. Sometimes what is old is also new. Brew away.....

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