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A cup of tea and its many benefits

Health & Fitness - Wednesday, January 16, 2013 6:46:46 AM

While everyone is addicted to coffee, be it a cappuccino or espresso, not many are aware of the hazards of the consumption of excess caffeine, as compared to the good old cuppa tea. So reduce your intake of coffee and drink tea more often. A few points on why tea is not just refreshing, but also beneficial to our physical and mental well-being!

- Since tea contains antioxidants, it protects the body from premature aging and ill-effects of pollution.
- It is known to reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke. Studies show that drinking tea keeps your arteries smooth and clog-free.
- It's not just the milk added to tea that builds strong bones. Tea itself protects your bones.
- Tea contains fluoride and tannins that keep plaque at bay. So add unsweetened tea drinking to your daily dental routine of brushing and flossing for healthier teeth and gums!
- Drinking tea helps in building a strong immunity. It helps the immune system to fight off infections.
- Tea is one of the single best cancer fighters you can put in your body. Thank the polyphenols, the antioxidants found in tea, for their cancer-fighting effects.
- If not consumed in excess, tea keeps you hydrated. It is one beverage that contributes to our fluid needs.
- Unless you add milk or sweetener to it, tea is calorie-free and helps in losing weight. So if you want to have a satisfying, calorie-free beverage, it is the top choice.
- Tea increases your metabolism. Lots of people complain about a slow metabolic rate and their inability to lose weight. By drinking just five cups of tea per day, you can increase your metabolism.

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