All teas are a rich source of antioxidants, but what really are antioxidants?
Here's a good explanation given in the May 2001 magazine "Health":
"Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances that neutralize free radicals - molecules that are
missing electrons and try to steal them from healthy cells to make themselves complete. "When a gang
of free radicals teams up on a healthy cell, that cell becomes damaged and much more prone to
degenerative diseases, such as heart disease or cancer," says Jim Baral M.D., a dermatologist in New
York City. An antioxidant, then, is a hero that swoops in to interact with the free radicals and
stop this sequence of events."
Because all of us have stress of one kind or another, it is important to eat and drink foods that
are rich in antioxidants, like tea! Tea leaves contain antioxidants called polyphenols, which can
prevent damage to our DNA molecules. Certain studies of more than 35,000 women found that those who
drank at least 2 cups of tea daily were at less risk of developing cancers of the digestive and
urinary tract. This is just one of the benefits of tea drinking. However, herbal teas, those teas
with no tea leaves, such as camomile, do not have these health benefits.
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