Natural food and raw diet proponent Dr. Mercola is a strong advocate for drinking tea. Here is part of a recent article he posted online:
I still believe the majority of your daily fluid intake should be high quality pure water. However, if you use pure water as a base, adding a high quality organic tea can actually improve the health benefits you receive, as long as you avoid sweetening each cup with added sugar. I also do not recommend adding pasteurized milk to your tea.
Tea has been linked to a variety of health benefits, including:
•Reduced risk of heart disease and cancer
•Improved insulin response and reduced blood sugar levels
•Reduced pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis
•Reduced risk of dementia
•Reduced glaucoma risk
There’s still some debate as to which kind of tea is the most beneficial — green- and black tea being the most cited, but you can also consider Indian herbal teas like Tulsi.
Drinking three or more cups of tea a day is as good for you as drinking plenty of water — and may be even better.
Research dispels the common belief that tea dehydrates. Tea not only rehydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers.
Rodale states that:
“As in previous studies, a strong link between the beverage and heart-protective qualities was established, most likely a result of the beneficial flavonoid activity in the tea.
The research suggests that drinking one to eight cups (cups, not gigantic mugs) a day is associated with a reduced risk of chronic disease.”
Dr. Mercola’s articles are never short on content or opinion–that is one of the thing I like most about his weekly, online nutritional newsletter. Read much more about the benefits of drinking tea by going to:
Popular Brew May Lower Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, and Triglycerides
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