Okay, so I’ve pinched a lyric or two from that fantastic song in the musical Oliver, by Lionel Bart.
On an almost daily basis we read articles extolling the virtues of virtually every food and drink you can think of. Antioxidant rich, cancer inhibiting, and full of vitamins, A through Z. Just about as regularly, we read similar articles for products which, two years before had been a sure way to an early demise. Suddenly they become this year’s must eat or drink, to ensure a happy healthy lifestyle. It’s little wonder that many young people, trying to do the best for their young offspring, find the whole thing somewhat confusing.
One of the evergreen favourites, popping up under different guises is good, plain, old fashioned…water. Everywhere we look, online, in newspapers, or listening to doctors on television, everyone is endorsing the benefits of…water. I’ve nothing against water. Water is the staple of all life. It’s just I don’t drink it, at least, not in the quantities required to get all those health benefits. Have you seen my avatar? Not exactly a baby’s bum (butt) complexion!
Whenever I’ve asked in the comment section of an article; whether water taken as part of a drink, like squash, or coffee, or tea, provides the same benefits. Nobody seems to know. Well I assume that, when I don’t get a reply.
Today, the answer at last, to all those unanswered questions. Tea; is good for you. At least, three or more cups a day are. I have three mugs within an hour of waking, and then regular mugs throughout the day. While I’m tapping away on my keyboard, there’s invariably a mug of glorious tea sitting next to it. I most definitely am on the right side of all those lovely benefits.
In fact, this latest published article goes as far as saying, regular mugs of tea can be more beneficial than plain water. How good is that?
The research, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, says tea actually hydrates you. Prior to this, it was always believed to dehydrate a person. It can also help prevent cell damage, protect against some cancers, and help prevent heart disease. It is believed that flavonoids, a key ingredient, are responsible for these health benefits.
Other health benefits available from regular tea drinking are, helping to prevent tooth plaque and decay, and help strengthen bones. The polyphenol antioxidants, which provide most of these benefits, are found in many plants, including tea leaves, and various foodstuffs.
Many studies undertaken into caffeine, have found that caffeine containing drinks will dehydrate you. Consequently it was assumed tea, which also contains caffeine, dehydrated you. Subsequent research into tea has dismissed this theory. Even very strong mugs of tea will hydrate the body, as well as providing the added health benefits. The one downside to a few mugs of tea, it has been found in older people, to reduce the bodies capability to absorb iron, leading to anaemia in extreme cases.
With all the soft fizzy drinks now consumed, primarily by the younger generation, tea drinking is considered a thing of the over forties. From my own point of view, when I was growing up a fizzy drink was a treat, and I have drunk tea, and the occasional coffee, almost since I was weaned off milk. All those lovely antibodies from such a young age, I should live to 150.
Oh, I’ve just noticed, this research was funded by…The Tea Council. Okay, back to my old standbys. A little of what you fancy does you good. And everything in moderation. That is of course, unless I’m out for a beer on a Friday night.
A British expat who has lived on this Island of Tenerife for over twelve years.A full time freelance writer, most of my time is spent article writing. I also write on D2C, Writedge, and wherever takes my fancy. For fun I try to increase my portfolio of short stories, with a view to eventually getting them published.