About Tea

Tea Facts

  • Recent studies have shown that drinking between one and two cups of tea per day may promote fertility by stopping abnormalities in our chromosomes. In a recent test 250 women drank as little as half a cup of tea per day and their pregnancy rates were twice as high as those who did not.
  • A report issued by the UK Tea Council in 2006 stated that the fluoride content of tea makes it a potent defender of oral health. Fluoride binds to the tooth enamel, slowing down the tooth decay process and preventing cavities. Also, the instance of tannins in tea inhibits the growth of certain plaque-forming bacteria.
  • Studies in the Netherlands have shown that men who drink black tea which contains catechins are 50 percent less likely to die of ischemic heart disease. This takes place when our arteries become clogged and are unable to work properly because of constriction.
  • Scientists have reported for many years that men in Asian countries who drink green tea have very low instances of prostate cancer. Many prominent researchers believe that this is due to green tea containing many powerful antioxidants and preventative anti-cancer agents.
  • When combined with milk, tea can offer an array of vitamins and minerals including calcium, vitamin B6, Riboflavin B2, Thiamin B1, manganese for bone growth and repair, and potassium, important for neuron and brain function.
  • Tea reduced total cholesterol levels, although HDL cholesterol (or good cholesterol) levels, depleted by high fat diets recovered only with the consumption of HGN (high grown new) tea.Tea contains catechins, a type of antioxidant which has been found to reduce people's risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Catechins can also be found in cocoa and dark chocolate.
  • Tea drinking mainly influences the absorption of non-haem iron as haem iron is relatively unaffected by tea.
  • Flavonoids and phytochemicals are natural antioxidants in tea, making a cup of tea equivalent to a serving of vegetables in antioxidant potential.
  • Tea did not have any effect on triglyceride levels.
  • One or two cups of tea have the same 'radical scavenging capacity' as five portions of fruit and vegetables.
  • Tea has one of the highest total flavonoid (a type of polyphenol) content of all plants, at 15% of the leaf (by dry weight).
  • Green and black teas are from the same plant, Camelia sinensis, and contain similar amounts of antioxidants and caffeine.
  • Tea is a natural source of fluoride and drinking four cups makes a significant contribution to your daily intake.
  • The average cup of tea contains less than half the level of caffeine than coffee. One cup contains only 50mg per 190ml cup.
  • Tea is a source of the minerals manganese, essential for bone growth and body development, and potassium, vital for maintaining body fluid levels.
  • Tea with milk contains Vitamin B6, Riboflavin B2 and Thiamin B1.
  • Tea without milk has no calories. Using semi-skimmed milk adds around 13 calories per cup, but you also benefit from valuable minerals and calcium.
  • Tea with milk provides 21% of daily calcium requirement in 4 cups.
  • Tea contains some zinc and folic acid which is a good source of energy during pregnancy.
  • For those who have a poor iron status or are at high risk of iron deficiency it would be prudent to avoid drinking tea with meals.
  • The nutritional value of tea could be attributed to its chemical components beneficial to the human body. Of these, caffeine , poly phenol , antioxidants , minerals & vitamins are considered to be the most important , since many of the beneficial effects claimed by the tea have been traced to such constituents Chemical Composition and Health Benefits.

Caffeine

Caffeine is known to stimulate the central nervous system and respiration. Other desirable effects of caffeine include relief of fatigue , increase of alertness and aiding digestion. Excessive caffeine is said to have adverse effects on the human system however tea has only half the caffeine levels of coffee and research proves that the presence of caffeine in tea does not produce unhealthy results due to itz's combination with tea poly phenols.

Poly phenols

The poly phenols present in tea act in many beneficial ways to human health. A cup of tea contains about 1000 ppm (parts per million) poly phenols. The catechins available in tea poly phenols has the capacity of suppressing the excessive rise of cholesterol , inhibiting hypertension , reducing glucose levels in the blood , preventing cardio-vascular diseases , lowering high blood pressure and keeping intestines in good order.