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Tea - A Healthy Choice.

There are four main varieties of tea black, oolong, green and white. All of which come from the same plant, with the differences between the teas coming from the way the leaves are processed. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and is known to contain the highest levels of polyphenols, chemicals that act as powerful antioxidants.

Antioxidants are substances that help fight free radicals damaging compounds in the body that alter cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and can even cause cell death.

Free Radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins (including ultraviolet light, radiation, cigarette smoke, and air pollution) can also increase the number of these damaging particles. Free radicals are believed to contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems including cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants in the form of polyphenols in tea can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.

Here are just a few of the health benefits gaining evidence through research:
- Tea may reduce the risk of heart disease
- Tea may reduce the risk and growth of cancer
- Tea aids digestion
- Tea improves concentration and reduces fatigue
- Tea fights allergies
- Tea wipes out the germs that cause bad breath
- Tea may improve immune system functioning
- Tea relaxes and revives the body and mind
- Tea prevents cavities and improves overall bone density
- Tea may be helpful in combating arthritis and rheumatism
- Tea may aid in weight-loss