10 Ways A Cuppa Can Improve Your Health

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By Dr Tim Bond of The Tea Advisory Panel (TAP)

Dr Tim Bond

Dr Tim Bond

1 Potentially helps to cut the risks of dementia or delay its onset.

2 Thought to enhance cognition and memory.

3 Helps reduce depression and anxiety.

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4 Helps cuts the risk of heart and circulation problems by up to 20% – some studies have found it could even be as high as 43% -45%.

5 Helps cut the risk of type 2 diabetes – studies indicate the beneficial effect could be between 16% and a third.

6 Helps aid weight control – thought to be because of the catechin content and because of positive changes in the gut bacteria.

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7 Helps tackle high blood pressure – one study found drinking black tea could have a 10% effect at reducing blood pressure, while another found drinking green tea could reduce the risk by 46%.

8 Improves oral health – one study found tea helped with 40% reduction in dental decay risk and there is evidence tea can combat bad breath and reduce inflammation, bone reabsorption and the growth of bacteria association with gum disease.

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9 Helps protect eyesight – research shows tea could reduce the risk of glaucoma and the risk of cataracts.

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10 Helps gives bones better protection – tea drinkers tend to have stronger bones and researchers report that tea appears to improve bone mineral density, especially in the spine, hip and neck. A further study also found that tea consumption may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

 For more information on tea visit the Tea Advisory Panel . . . 

Moira Chisholm

I'm the Health Editor on My Weekly and am always interested to hear what's new in this fascinating field. I also deal with the gardening, shopping pages, general features, our website content and the Ask Helen problem page. I have a special interest in Christmas content because I'm on the team for Your Best Ever Christmas Magazine, too!