The Benefits of Tea

Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN

Winter can get pretty chilly here in Western New York and one great way to keep warm is by making yourself a cup of hot tea.

In addition to being a soothing beverage, regular tea consumption may help have some health benefits as well. Tea contains polyphenols, a type of antioxidant which can help protect your body from damage. One of the health benefits linked to tea is with cardiovascular health. Studies have shown regular consumption of tea may reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. It may also help lower LDL cholesterol, often referred to as “bad” cholesterol. Green tea has also been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.

In addition to these health benefits, unflavored tea is naturally low in calories and has no added sugar. This can help promote weight loss especially when used to replace high calorie and sugary beverages.

Be sure to keep some tea handy this winter as a healthy way to warm up your morning!