A Berry Good Way to Stay Healthy

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9 Healthy Reasons to Enjoy Tea Time

Tea is steeped in beneficial compounds such as flavonoids and polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties. Whether you choose iced tea or hot tea, black or green tea, you’re making a healthy choice.

Check out some of tea’s specific benefits:

Arthritis. Tea reduces inflammation and slows cartilage breakdown to improve arthritis. Research has also shown that tea-drinking older women are 60 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

Cancer. Studies are showing tea’s polyphenols, especially those in green tea, may play a role in preventing or delaying several types of cancer, from colon cancer to ovarian cancer. For example, researchers in a large clinical study compared green tea drinkers with non-drinkers and found that those who drank the most tea were significantly less likely to develop pancreatic cancer.

Heart. Drinking tea regularly has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). Tea also keeps blood vessels functioning properly.

Immune System. Tea contains a component that research finds can strengthen the immune system against infection, bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Oral health. The antioxidants in tea suppress the growth of bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum diseases.

Diabetes. A study showed green tea promoted glucose metabolism in healthy human volunteers while it also lowered blood sugar levels in those who already had diabetes. Compounds in black, green and oolong teas have been shown to increase insulin activity, which can help those with type 2 diabetes. Those who drank more than three to four cups of tea per day had about a one-fifth lower risk of diabetes than those who didn’t drink tea.

Cholesterol. Some studies have shown both green and black tea can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, both risk factors for heart disease.

Sun protection. Tea may reduce the risk of skin cancer due to UV exposure, according to studies.

Weight loss. Studies on tea and green tea extract show they increase the number of calories burned and increased the rate of fat burned, which both lead to weight loss.

A Sweet Alternative to Sugar
If you’d like to add a little sweetness and flavor to your hot tea, skip the sugar and add a bit of Innergize!. Using lemon Innergize! creates a guilt-free way to enjoy a hot beverage, and get all the benefits of vitamins (including Vitamins C and Vitamin A), minerals, and carbs to help prevent dehydration and restore energy. You can even try Innergize! Lower Sugar, which has 60% less sugar and no artificial sweeteners!