From the Desk of The Nutty Nutritionist

Why You Should Drink More Tea

In Fighting Cancer, Wellness on April 11, 2013 at 8:25 AM

There is nothing quite like a comforting, warm beverage on a cool. rainy, spring day to warm you from the inside out.  As I write this, I have a cup of red rooibos tea beside me.  Mmmm… Have you ever tried this antioxidant rich, caffeine-free, African herbal tea?  Yes, I still drink coffee first thing in the morning, but tea carries me throughout the rest of the day without the negative effects of caffeine, such as heart palpitations and sleep disturbances.   I also find red rooibos tea particularly delightful in the evening to help me relax and get ready for a peaceful night’s rest.   We all need a little more of that now, don’t we?   While coffee is consistently America’s favorite hot beverage of choice, there are plenty of reasons why you should add hot tea to your daily routine.  There is much scientific evidence showing a strong association with tea drinking and lower risk of chronic disease as well as combating the negative effects of aging.  Teas contain a plethora of antioxidant compounds such as anthocyanins, flavonoids and phenolic acids, which have been found to help fight inflammation and reduce cell damage.  Since many of us do not eat the recommended nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day, drinking tea will help us get the antioxidants we need to stay healthy.

Most non-herbal tea comes from leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant:  black tea, green tea, oolong tea, and white tea.  These various types are processed differently, which imparts unique tastes and intensities.  These leaves naturally contain caffeine and must undergo processing to become decaffeinated.  If you prefer naturally caffeine-free herbal teas,  choose formulations containing hibiscus, as this fruit of a flowering plant provides a fruity, tart taste and is rich in antioxidants as well.  (The red rooibos tea I am drinking right now has hibiscus in it too…)

Based on the scientific evidence, here are 10 compelling reasons to drink more tea:

1.  Minimize your risk of heart disease, to include heart attack and stroke

2.  Reduce blood pressure

3.  Improve memory and mental alertness

4.  Reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol

5.  Prevent various forms of cancer, specifically the stomach, esophagus, and colon

6.  Improve digestion  (flavonoids may encourage healthy bacteria)

7.  Prevent osteoporosis  (especially green tea)

8.  Modest weight loss (green tea flavonoids plus caffeine may increase calorie expenditure)

9.  Minimize your risk of type 2 diabetes

10.  Promotes relaxation (herbal and caffeine-free varieties)

To get the most antioxidant punch from tea, steep in hot water rather than brewing cold.  You may then pour the hot tea over ice or chill in the fridge to enjoy iced tea during the upcoming summer months.

Here’s to your health!  Happy Spring 😉

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  1. Yeah you are back! I love tea and this gives me even more reasons to drink it. 🙂

  2. Linda, I enjoyed this article more than you know. I grew up in a house without a coffee pot (can you imagine).

    My parents (being from Ireland) never drank coffee until they came to America. I still don’t think my dad has EVER had a cup. All we ever had was tea (black). When, I was young, my mom would put the milk and sugar in it. However, todayall we need is a little sugar in black tea. However, today, I prefer to purchase my tea at Teavana. I get the White Neddle and the Jasmine Blooming Balls. I enjoy this combo so much. It’s great for anytime of the day (very relaxing and soothing). Also, it makes a great iced tea. Without having to add anything to it (hot or cold).But if I’m out and about, I like McDonalds unsweetened iced with extra lemon. Thanks again for bring the joy of tea to your readers. Keepup the GREAT job!!!

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