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Tea better than water for hydration

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Good news for the tea drinkers. BBC News reports:

Drinking three or more cups of tea a day is as good for you as drinking plenty of water and may even have extra health benefits, say researchers. The work in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition dispels the common belief that tea dehydrates.

Tea not only rehydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers, UK nutritionists found. Experts believe flavonoids are the key ingredient in tea that promote health. These polyphenol antioxidants are found in many foods and plants, including tea leaves, and have been shown to help prevent cell damage.

Public health nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton, and colleagues at Kings College London, looked at published studies on the health effects of tea consumption. They found clear evidence that drinking three to four cups of tea a day can cut the chances of having a heart attack. Some studies suggested tea consumption protected against cancer, although this effect was less clear-cut.

Other health benefits seen included protection against tooth plaque and potentially tooth decay, plus bone strengthening.

Dr Ruxton said: “Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water. Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it’s got two things going for it.”

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Written by Leisureguy

13 September 2008 at 11:22 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Health

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  1. correlation is because of big coffein concentration in tea, some researches shows about 5-7 times more than in coffee… (for info: coffein reduce the chances of having heart attack)


    13 September 2008 at 11:54 am

  2. Balls in my case. I drink eight cups of tea a day at least, I’m pushing forty, and I swear to God I’ll be dead of a heart attack halfway through my next decade … drink as much tea as you like, but if you live surrounded by BS 24/7, you might as well drink water (or, indeed, bourbon) …


    14 September 2008 at 8:46 am

  3. Eric is right.

    All of this is rubbish, cooked up by vested interests. It’s such a blatant lie that I find it sickening, disgusting and can’t understand why more people haven’t said anything!

    My parents had several friends who drank only tea and plain water during their entire lives and I can tell you that every single one of them (eight in total) died of cancer and Alzheimer’s, despite living in very different parts of the world. All 8 of them were health conscious, ‘raw foodies’ as well, I hasten to add.

    What does that tell you?

    If it doesn’t prove that all the hype about teas, salts and other ‘organic’ rubbish are blatant lies, then nothing will.

    I can’t look past my great grandparents, who were still alive when I was 10 and lived to be 108 and 110 respectively; both went dancing once a week together, both rode bicycles together (for pleasure) and my great grandmother still had thigh-length hair of burnished copper the day she died in her sleep.

    And yet, their diets consisted of percolated coffee, never once drank teas of any description, ate large amounts of meat, eggs, cooked and pickled vegetables, fresh and home-canned fruits, table salt (oh shock horror!) and every available assortment of whole-fat dairy products.

    It’s downright criminal the way people are being scammed and conned.

    Folks need to wake up and smell the roses!


    29 June 2011 at 1:43 pm

  4. I’m unimpressed by the scientific validity of your study, skona. And the claim is not made that tea is necessary, only that it can help in some specific ways. Table salt is not only perfectly okay in proper amounts, it’s an absolute necessity the body requires. You apparently have picked up the idea that salt is “bad”, without really understanding the issue. The issue is TOO MUCH salt—but people do REQUIRE salt.

    The issue is complicated because not only are amounts and proportions important, but also genetics and exercise play a big role. Probably your great grandparents got lots more exercise than the typical cubicle worker, and they may also have had good genes. Plus they lived at a time when toxins were less plentiful in the environment.

    But thanks for commenting.


    29 June 2011 at 2:55 pm

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