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Tea and Antioxidants

Scientists prove tea hits the right spot

The latest research into how we live our modern lives often shows how things like pollution or too much sun can be harmful to us. Intermediates that arise naturally during chemical process, called free radicals, can challenge our normal healthy state. Free radical damage has been implicated in diseases such as heart disease, stroke and cancers.

It is thought that by regularly consuming foods and drinks that are rich in substances called antioxidants that act to 'soak up' these free radicals we can help ensure we have sufficient resources. As well as fruit and vegetables that are  good sources of these substances, you can help increase your daily antioxidant intake by drinking tea. That's because tea is widely known to be rich in a particular group of antioxidants called flavonoids.

For example, there is about eight times the amount of 'anti-oxidant power' in three cups of tea than there is in one apple, and every time you brew up in a cup or a pot for upto one minute you about get 140mg of flavonoids. Who'd have thought something that tastes that good can help maintain your health!

For more facts on antioxidants and tea go to our tea fact sheets.

TEA & HEALTH

Tea4health is dedicated to bringing you the facts about how tea, the world’s favourite drink, can help you maintain your health as part of a balanced diet and healthy, active lifestyle. If you need questions answering about tea and looking after your health, or if you want to know why drinking at least 4 cups of tea a day is a good way for you to help maintain your health, then look no further – this site provides a wealth of information that can help.

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