when infused, tea has very strong hydration benefits. whereas coffee dehydrates us, tea provokes the opposite effect (sometimes it can even help a morning hangover.) that said, the drink helps improve digestion, as well as vision. some research has shown that drinking tea can even lower the risks of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
need a little boost? forget coffee and energy drinks: a simple cup of tea can lift your spirits. this effect works in two ways: it fights fatigue, as well as awakens your body. and since it doesn’t increase your heart rate, tea (even when caffeinated) lets you de-stress and helps to get rid of agitation.
one of the main benefits that tea offers your body is its abundance of antioxidants. tea contains polyphenols and flavonoids, which fight against free radicals and protect our cells from daily aggressions. the antioxidants contained in tea are very strong; up to four times the amount found in vitamin c (which is also contained in tea). vitamins b and e, as well as beta-carotene, can also be found in tea.
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after water, tea (which comes in more than 3,000 varieties) is the second most-consumed beverage in the world. in regards to benefits, the less tea has been transformed, the richer it is. in order of excellence, they are as follows: white tea (the big winner by far), green tea, black tea, and then smoked and fermented varieties.
in regards to preparation, it is in the first three to five minutes of infusion that 85% of the tea’s antioxidants are released. it is also during this time that the tea releases its caffeine. so if you aren’t looking for that caffeinated boost, it is possible to decaffeinate your tea by simply throwing out the first batch of infused water after three minutes, and infuse the tea for a second time with more boiling water.