Tea and Caffeine
Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in the leaves, seeds or fruits of at least 100 different species worldwide and is part of a group of compounds known as methylxanthines.
Black and Green Tea: How do they differ?
Both green tea and black tea come from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis, however the processing that the leaves undergo to make the final tea is different. The leaves for black tea are fully oxidised while those for green teas are lightly steamed before being dried.
Tea and Antioxidant properties
Increasing evidence is highlighting the role antioxidants may have in helping to maintain your health in a variety of ways by opposing the action of free radicals. In addition to the well known antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E, there is growing research demonstrating the potential health maintainence effects of plant-derived antioxidants, polyphenols, found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, cereals and drinks such as tea.
Tea and Oral Health Fact Sheet
Dental disease remains a significant problem in the UK with the vast majority of the population suffering with the consequences of this disease at some stage in their lives. It can result in acute pain, aesthetic problems and can increase the risk of tooth loss, which may have long-term effects on food intake resulting in impaired nutritional status and subsequent overall well being. Tea contains floride which helps prevent decay.
Tea and Hydration
The Tea Council’s of UK Healthy Drinks Survey revealed that a third of all adults in the UK are not meeting their fluid requirements by failing to replace the fluid that is lost daily by their bodies. Tea offers a tasty way to enhance your daily intake of water
Tea and Cancer
Cancer is a major cause of morbidity in the UK with over 200,000 newly diagnosed cases, and around 120,000 deaths from cancer each year. It is expected that more than one in three people in England will develop cancer at some stage in their lives. The disease is more likely to develop in later life, with around 65% of cancers diagnosed in people over the age of 652. However, cancer causes an even greater proportion of deaths in those under the age of 65, with more than one in three deaths being due to cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute the antioxidants found in tea--called catechins--may selectively inhibit the growth of cancer
Tea and Iron Absorption
Iron has several vital functions in the body, it’s major role being as an Oxygen carrier in blood haemaglobin and muscle myoglobin. In addition, it is a component of many enzymes and is required for a number of metabolic processes. Drinking tea assist in this metabolic process.
The Nutritional Value of Tea
On average, British people drink approximately 3 cups of tea a day with about 70% of the UK population drinking tea on a regular basis.
Tea - especially green tea cantains: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Fiber, Proteins & Amino Acids.
Tea for Health - the facts
The typical cup of tea contains less than half the level of caffeine of a typical coffee. One cup contains only around 50mg.
Tea and Cardiovascular Disease
The American Heart Association supports the idea that drinking tea may help in the recovery from a heart attack.