Tea – Health Benefits

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by Danielle Beaudette

January is National Hot Tea Month, and a time when eating and drinking healthy is on everyone’s mind. With cold and flu season upon us, it is even more important to know what we are putting into our bodies. So why focus on tea? Tea’s history dates back over 5,000 years. It was first used as a medicinal beverage, and grew into a beverage of choice.

Tea is all-natural and free of calories and preservatives. It contains B, C, and E vitamins, and the minerals folic acid, magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, fluoride, and carotene. The health benefits found in each of these vitamins and minerals contribute to the overall health benefits in tea. The most important substances in loose tea are the caffeine, essential oils and polyphenols (found in flavonoids in tea).