Whole Body Health with World’s Drink of Choice

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One all-round wonder drink that can supercharge your brain, improve heart health, and even reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. It’s not an enhanced vitamin drink… it’s not an expensive, multi-formula health drink… it’s not even an all-in-one performance drink.

This special beverage is plain old-fashioned tea. But before you reach for your glass of green tea… think again. Research has just revealed the wide-ranging benefits of red and black tea. And forward-looking doctors are happy to embrace them.

Tea is probably the most consumed beverage in the world, after water. And, after water, it’s also probably the healthiest.

But, while green tea gets most of the hype, the health benefits of tea drinking are not limited to just the green variety.

“Tea-ing” Up for Better Brain Health

Drinking tea can better your brain power. That’s according to a brand new report put out by the Journal of Nutrition and Healthy Aging. The study shows that drinking tea speeds up brain processes… improves memory… and increases cognition and function.

The research team set out to see how drinking tea affected brain power in older adults. They studied 716 adults in Singapore, all of whom were in their mid 50s.  They noted the drinking habits of the participants and then conducted a battery of cognitive tests. They found tea drinkers consistently scored higher across the board.

“There was no [link] between coffee and cognitive function,” noted the study authors. “Tea consumption was [linked to] better cognitive performance.”

They found that the best performers drank a variety of tea… black, green and red.

South African Red Tea for a Healthy Heart

Most varieties of tea come from the same warm-weather planet called Camellia sinensis. That’s right – black, green, or white – they all come from the same plant. What creates the variety is not the source… but the processing of the leaves.

However, red tea – Rooibos – is different. Unlike other teas, Rooibos comes from a South African plant – Aspalanthus linearis.

And while it’s already been shown to improve heart health, it has many other benefits too. South Africans use it to treat everything from hay fever to asthma, eczema to nausea, and more.

A recent study looked at the effect of Rooibos on cardiovascular health.  Researchers took black, green, and red tea and set out to see which promoted better heart health.

After reviewing the effects of each tea on the cardio health of 17 healthy Swedish volunteers, researchers found that both red and green tea significantly inhibited ACE activity within 30 minutes of drinking.

Inhibiting ACE activity is good for your heart. ACE stands for Angiotensin Converting Enzyme. We all have these enzymes in our bodies. They convert angiotensin into angiotensin II. Angiotensin II increases your blood pressure and makes your heart work harder. We don’t want that to happen.

If we can inhibit ACE… we block the conversion from angiotensin I to II.

The important thing to remember is that reducing angiotensin II allows your blood vessels to expand and relax… this reduces your blood pressure… and places less stress on your heart.

And this new study proves that drinking red or green tea inhibits ACE activity.

Reducing the Risk of Ovarian Cancer

An Australian case-control study reviewed 1,386 cases to see if there was a link between tea drinking and ovarian cancer. They reviewed a range of different teas and the effect they had on each case.

They found “support for the hypothesis that tea consumption reduces the risk of ovarian cancer.” They noted that both green and herbal tea reduced risk.

Brewing Up a Bevy of Health Benefits

To get the best benefits out of each cup, brew your tea strong.  Use five teabags or even more per cup. Then, after cooling the brew, add it to a one quart container and fill with pure water.

You can then tap into your supply throughout the day… and enjoy its health benefits without stopping to brew a cup.

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