If you read the health blogs it looks as if tea is the super food of the 21st century. Not so. As they say, "Everything old is new again." Tea has been around for 5,000+ years and has the distinction of being one of the most revered beverages around the globe.
The drink has been used for all kinds of ailments in different countries. The reason tea is so good is that it is full of powerful antioxidants.
There are certain oxygen molecules that, when used by the body, become highly unstable. These are called "free radicals" and can damage healthy cells. Free radicals can be produced either by the body or by pollutants like smog and cigarette smoke.
Antioxidants combat environmental stress, help boost the immune system and help increase the blood flow, so you can get more oxygen to your brain. But which kind of tea is the best?
Green tea is the latest to be touted as most healthy. It is said to be an anti-carcinogen. I like to look at the Mexican teas that are packaged in a small plastic bag and usually hang on an end cap in a store like Trader Joe's or Sprouts or Whole Foods. On the package it tells you what the tea is supposed to heal.
Regardless of which kind of tea you drink, it's a great substitute for a sugary or chemical laden soft drink. And a cup of hot tea is sooo soothing.