Tea and Health FAQ

An antioxidant is a compound which retards oxidantio. In the body antioxidants can “soak up” free radicals.

What is a free radical?

Free radicals are unstable substances which can disrupt the biochemical processes in the body and have been implicated in cancer and heart disease.

Does tea contain antioxidants?

Tea, like fruit and vegetables is a natural source of polyphenols and flavonoids which have antioxidant activity.

Does the addition of milk reduce the antioxidant value?

The addition of milk does not appear to affect the bio availability of the tea flavonoids.

Do green and black teas come from different plants?

No, they both come from the same plant known by its botanical name, Camellia sinensis.

Does tea contain the same level of caffeine as coffee?

No, at least half the level of coffee.

Is green tea better for you than black tea?

Both varieties come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, and both have similar amounts of antioxidants and minerals.

What is caffeine?

Caffeine is a stimulant found in tea as well as in many other natural substances. Other natural sources of caffeine include; Coffee, chocolate and yerba (a herbal drink in parts of South America). Caffeine is also added to many foods and drugs including soft drinks and pain relievers.

How much caffeine does tea have in it?

The amount of caffeine in a cup of tea varies tremendously, depending on the variety of tea and the brewing time.

Does tea affect iron absorption?

Tea flavonoids bind with iron, thereby decreasing its absorption. However, drinking tea between meals has no affect on iron absorption. To overcome any potential for reduced iron absorption, simply add milk or lemon to tea. If a meal contains milk, tomatoes, orange juice or ascorbic acid of any kind, these will also balance iron absorption in a meal where tea is consumed.

What makes tea a healthy beverage?

Compounds naturally present in tea called poly phenols which function as antioxidants.

Does tea have a diuretic effect?

There is no reason to believe that tea promotes fluid loss, rather there are many reasons to believe that tea is a valid beverage choice in helping to maintain fluid balance.

Does tea affect hydration?

Maintaining optimal fluid balance is important for maintaining optimal health. Due to its high water content, tea is a particularly good beverage choice for keeping one’s body well hydrated.

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