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Report says cup of tea is a healthy potion

Posted - Oct. 1, 2004 at 3:20 p.m.



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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct 01, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A cup of tea, properly consumed often enough, can help fight such ailments as cancer, heart trouble and hypertension, a report says.

The October issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch offers facts on the medical advantages and tips on how best to drink your tea, be it green, black or oolong.

Green tea is considered the best food source of a group called catechins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties.

The report suggests drinking a cup of tea a few times a day to absorb antioxidants and other healthful plant compounds. Tea should be allowed to steep for three to five minutes to bring out its catechins.

The best way to get the catechins and other flavonoids in tea is to drink it freshly brewed. Decaffeinated, bottled ready-to-drink tea preparations and instant teas have less of these compounds.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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