We’ve long known that there are health benefits from drinking tea. But new research out this week is saying that some teas could help prevent chronic illnesses. The antioxidants in teas are good for the body, but it was unclear what good they actually did until now. Two studies have found that drinking tea can help with the prevention of illnesses like osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Green tea was shown to help reduce the risk of bone fractures and improve bone mass. Decreasing bone mass is one of the leading health concerns for older Americans and can lead to osteoporosis. The study did not conclude that osteoporosis could be prevented but that the start of the disease could be delayed with improved bone mass. Black tea was able to reduce blood pressure in those with hypertension, or high blood pressure, especially before eating a meal high in fat. This is important and could lead to a reduction in strokes and heart attacks. Some other findings from the studies include that drinking green tea can help you burn 100 more calories a day and that tea drinkers tend to be more alert and perform better. Most people that 5 News talked to today knew that tea was good for you but not necessarily why. These studies were welcome news and one woman said that it’s always good to learn about new ways that we can improve our health.b
Does Tea Cool You Down In Hot Weather?
NPR had a segment on that discusses the long argued claims that tea cools you down in hot weather. The idea behind this particular theory, is that the the TRPV1 receptor in your tongue send’s signals to your brain, which will help you perspire and, in turn, cool you down. This is something that will probably rage on for years to come, but this piece by Joe Palca certainly gives us more food for thought. Click here for audio
Barely visible 30 years ago, bottled drinking water has become a “fashion accessory and a token of instant gratification and symbolism”, said an Australian researcher, Dr Spero Tsindos.
But although our bodies need around two litres of fluid daily, this does not have to be water, and is often within food.
Tea and coffee also count, said Dr Tsindos, from La Trobe University, Victoria, who says we are drinking “copious amounts of water” without valid reason.