TAKE TIME FOR TEA

Can drinking tea improve your health?  The experts at the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter evaluated the research and found four reasons to drink up:

IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEART  Of all the potential benefits of tea, those involving heart disease are perhaps the most promising.  Studies have found that drinkers of green or black tea have a reduced disk of heart disease and stroke.

IT REDUCES DIABETES RISK  Research has linked green or black tea compounds to improved blood sugar control.  A 2012 study of tea drinkers in 50 countries found that high consumption of black tea was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

IT HELPS WITH WEIGHT LOSS  A large 2013 U.S. analysis found that tea drinkers weighed less and had smaller waists than non-tea drinkers-though the same didn’t gold true for those who reported drinking iced tea, which often contains added sugar.

IT’S TIPS FOR YOUR TEETH  Tea has antibacterial effects and may help reduce levels of bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and contribute to gum disease.

 

Reference:  Diabetes focus Magazine/Summer 2014