Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Wendy RN., BA

10/9/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Tea; Our Bodies Best Brew

Hello everyone, my blog today was going to be about the benefits of starting your day with a cup of coffee, as many millions of us do. So I sat down at my computer to find the latest studies glorifying coffee and its accolades.

Tea is the second-most consumed drink in the world, surpassed only by water.

Tea is the second-most consumed drink in the world, surpassed only by water.

Highlights

By Wendy RN., BA

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/9/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: tea, coffee, health, healthy, heart, disease, cancer, immune system, antimicrobial, caffeine, flavanoides, weight loss, mental aletness, flu, season


LOS ANGELES, CA (Rise Above Health Blog) - I thought, as a coffee drinker, I would start with a cup-by-cup comparison of coffee vs tea. A good old boxing match to show how much healthier it was to drink coffee over tea. I took a long and glorious sip of my extra bold and went to Google.

The first website that I went to was obviously written by tea drinkers, as it wove the story  of the thousands of years of tea drinking and ancient herbal medicinal benefits and tea's current lofty status as a key to good health, happiness and wisdom..Bah.

The next website I went to gave me statistics, numbers and graphs, in-fact all of the significant advantages tea has over coffee..Bah.

Website number three hit home. It was my favorite "go to" site for information that was current, accurate, unbiased and honest, I started to read.  Tea is a good thing to drink it said. I was surprised to be confronted with data that convinced me.  Tea was undeniably healthier than coffee and it has enough statistical documentation of its benefits to sway me, a die-hard coffee drinker. "I need to switch my morning routine." I thought!  Then I thought with a blinding eureka moment, "Wendy, you don't need to switch, you only need to add tea to your daily routine."  Hmmmm, OK, I need to add more liquid to my already "I don't drink enough water" routine. Oh boy, can I do this?

So, I have compiled some of the stunning information that indicates tea is not only good for our bodies, it is great for our bodies. With the flu season upon us, read on, then with steely resolve, pull out the tea pot and start brewing.

1.  Tea, black, green or white, with or without caffeine, is very good for us. A recent Harvard study indicated that blood cells from tea drinkers responded five times faster to germs than did the blood cells of coffee drinkers. Their immune system's worked better!

Dr. Jack F. Bukowski, a researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School stated; "We worked out the molecular aspects of this tea component in the test tube and then tested it on a small number of people to see if it actually worked in human beings,"

The results, he said, gave clear proof that five cups of tea a day sharpened the body's disease defenses.

2.  Tea studies have indicated that it helps heart disease and cancer risk through the action of flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. Other studies have linked tea with combating osteoporosis, and to relieving some allergy symptoms.

3.  All tea, black, green and white, also contains L-theanine, which boosts the immune system. L-theanine is metabolized in the liver to ethylamine. Ethylamiine primes the response of your immune system producing the gamma-delta T cells. The T cells prompt the secretion of interferon, a key part of the body's chemical defense against infection.

4.  All tea has caffeine and theanine, which affect the brain and seems to heighten mental alertness. Tea also has less caffeine than coffee, which means people like me, who cannot drink coffee late in the day, may be able to drink tea and still be able to go to sleep. (I will report back on this in a later blog)

"There doesn't seem to be a downside to tea," says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, LD. "I think it's a great alternative to coffee drinking. First, tea has less caffeine. It's pretty well established that the compounds in tea - their flavonoids - are good for the heart and may reduce cancer."

So, do you really need to drink 5 cups a day for a month to get the benefits of tea? Nutritionists don't think so. In fact it has been written in several journals, that any tea is good. It is preferable to brew tea instead of buying bottled sweet tea, but that is mainly to avoid the sweeteners and extra calories in sweet tea.

There are so many studies that indicate tea has antimicrobial properties, helps with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, it lowers cholesterol and increases mental alertness, and weight loss. This is wonderful news for millions of tea drinkers, and for those of us that are die-hard coffee drinkers, instead of a second cup, a second thought to tea, might be a good idea this flu season.

My tip of the day: Look after yourself the best you know how, love yourself and know that God loves you.

Until next time, I believe that Faith can move mountains.


Discover the true meaning of Christmas!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Blog

The Political Rise and Fall of Dr. Ben Carson (Part Two)

Image of

By Justin Soutar

Within two and a half years' time, Dr. Ben Carson's political star had climbed with extraordinary steadiness from the horizon to the zenith, where it shone with dazzling brilliance, and then suddenly it plunged toward the opposite horizon, disappearing from view ... continue reading


'Tolerate as I have tolerated you' Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

Jesus is not nice."Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword." (Matt 10:34) BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - It's no accident that C.S. Lewis used a lion to represent Christ."Safe?" said Mr. Beaver; "don't you hear ... continue reading


Believing in God's Providence Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

This is a tough one for me, but I am certain this is a lesson God is desperately trying to teach me. It's a lesson I need to learn if I want progress in this journey of life with the Lord. NASHVILLE, TN - When I say 'learn' I don't mean to simply understand what God's ... continue reading


End Your Silence! Use Your Voice! Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

Too many of us have for too long remained silent in the face of evil and untruth. Too manyof us have sat silently as all sense of the Sacred has been removed from many of our Churchbuildings and our Holy Masses. CANASTOTA, NY - Too many of us for too long have ... continue reading


The Political Rise and Fall of Dr. Ben Carson (Part One)

Image of

By Justin Soutar

Within two and a half years' time, Dr. Ben Carson's political star had climbed with extraordinary steadiness from the horizon to the zenith, where it shone with dazzling brilliance--and then suddenly it plunged toward the opposite horizon, disappearing from view ... continue reading


Four Phrases That Will Transform Your Relationships Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Instinctively, we long to rescue the people we love. We desperately want to take away their hurts and "fix" whatever struggle or fear they may be walking through. I know this because I've been the one that has tried to verbally "fix" other people's struggles. I didn't ... continue reading


Praying For God's Mercy With Boldness and Confidence Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

Jesus gave us the seven Sacraments and left His Church as the earthly vehicle through which He would work to save souls. The salvation of souls, not social justice issues, is the "supreme law of the Catholic Church" and the primary reason for its existence. CANASTOTA, ... continue reading


Who is the Holy Spirit? Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

My most recent writing project is a multimedia about the Holy Spirit for a Pentecost youth rally next week. Usually when I write such things, it all comes about fairly easily, and I can piece together a rough draft in an afternoon or so. This time, however, I have ... continue reading


What is love? Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

People say things like "If you really love me, you'll have sex with me" or "If you really love me, you'll buy me nice things," but what is the real definition of love? How do newly weds navigate the difficult terrain of authentic love? BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - When ... continue reading


Desolation, Grace, and Trust Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Recently I've crossed into a place I'm not proud to admit I've entered. It's not a physical place, but rather a spiritual and mental place. It's a product of exhaustion coupled with fear, but mostly it's due to a greater distance between God and I because I've been ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Daily Reading for Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 HD Video
  • Advent Prayer HD Video
  • Christians stand your ground: Graduating class recites The Lords ...
  • St. Mechtildis: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, May 31, 2016
  • Your Daily Inspirational Meme: God is Good
  • WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES Killer nanny asks judge for freedom because ...
  • Daily Readings for Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Second Peter 1:2-7
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of our ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 91:1-2, 14-15, 15-16
1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend your nights in the ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 12:1-12
1 He went on to speak to them in parables, 'A man planted a vineyard; he ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 30th, 2016 Image

St. Joan of Arc
May 30: St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and ... Read More