Drink black tea, lower risks

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Increasing black tea consumption can help to decrease cardiovascular disease. Boston University found in a 2001 study that drinking black tea reverses endothelial vasomotor dysfunction in patients with coronary artery disease.

The proven health benefits of black tea have been increasing over the years. Black teas have been around for more than 5,000 years and have been helpful for its health benefits.

Black tea is perfect for any diet since the health benefits of black tea can play a major part in health decisions. Black tea is more oxidized than other teas, such as white and green tea. It can help reduce one’s chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Black tea can also block allergic responses, retard tumor growth, delay the onset of diabetes as well as help in weight loss. Antioxidants present in black tea can help prevent skin cancer.

“Asthma or related cases would be helped by drinking tea because antioxidants are inflammatory resistant,” said Hannah J. Stipek, junior nutrition and dietetics major.

The best way to lower risks is by having a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains; drinking tea is an added benefit to this diet.

“Black tea can reduce the effects of stressful events by lowering the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Drinking 3-5 cups of black tea daily is usually recommended to improve overall health condition,” said Crystal L. Wallstrom, health educator at Riverside Kaiser Permanente.

“Black tea has a lot of antioxidants, an example being flavonoids which prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol levels. The LDL cholesterol levels, being the bad cholesterol, is something you want to keep down,” Stipek said.

According to Stipek, these antioxidants in black tea will further help prevent heart disease and even cancer in a well-balanced diet.
“Anytime you increase your antioxidants, this will help lower your risk in developing Type 2 diabetes, or other chronic diseases, but by having a well balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is the best way to lower risks, and drinking tea is a added benefit to this diet,” Stipek said.

Drinking 3-5 cups of black tea everyday might protect against cardiovascular disease, as well as boosting the immune system and can be used to control diabetes.

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