Tea & Health

Though an incredibly healthy beverage, tea is often disingenuously touted as a wonder cure-all for many of the maladies which plague humankind. It is not. Nevertheless, here we present an account of some current research and its findings, all of which indicate that drinking tea is healthy and does show promise in many areas.

Free radicals are key in the development of degenerative conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Antioxidants, which are present in tea, are compounds that locate harmful free radical molecules in the body and detoxify them, reducing their production, and removing key elements necessary for their performance.

Polyphenols, a category of antioxidants found in tea and represented most commonly as flavonoids, constitute up to 15% of dry leaf weight. Though flavonoids appear in equal amounts in both green and black teas, they are manifest differently in each. Their counts can be tenfold of that found in fruits and vegetables. Although some findings are conflicting, the majority of current research indicates that antioxidants introduced into the body by drinking tea are beneficial and bolster the body against ailments common to aging.

And finally, though evidence has not been conclusive, in conjunction with proper eating habits and exercise, tea can have a positive impact on the body in general. As a precaution, those with the below conditions may want to speak with their physician before consuming more than moderate amounts of tea:

  • heart problems or high blood pressure,
  • kidney disease,
  • an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism),
  • an anxiety or nervous disorder,
  • a bleeding or blood-clotting disorder, or
  • if you take blood-thinning medication.

When referring to “tea”, we are speaking of the plant “camellia sinensis” and its parts. The following pages are a compilation of material we have gathered regarding tea and the human body. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. For in-depth information, we encourage you to visit the sites we referenced: teahealth.co.uk and webmd.com.