Tea leaves do a lot more than predict the future, their antioxidant powers can alter future health. Many studies have concluded that green and black tea leaves have up to ten times the antioxidants that are found in fruits and vegetables.
There have been numerous studies on how the antioxidants in black and green teas affect the health of humans and animals. A top researcher at the Institute for Cancer Prevention in Valhalla, N.Y. discovered that tea is able to modify the body’s metabolism to detoxify the body and remove harmful chemicals.
Tea leaves come from the camellia tea plant, a plant rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are simply a type of antioxidant. The levels of antioxidants in green and black teas are so powerful they amaze even researchers with their ability to fight free radicals.
The antioxidants in tea leaves are different than those found in fruits and vegetables. All of the antioxidants in teas are considered flavanoids and black and green tea leaves are full of them.
These flavanoids are able to block the damages caused by toxic chemicals such as cigarette smoking and pollution. Rats who were given black and green tea showed less incidence of cancer than rats not given the tea.
Both tea leaves come from the same plant only they are processed in different manners. Green tea leaves are not fermented; they are put through a withering and steaming process.
Both black and oolong tea leaves are processed through crushing and fermenting them before they are used for tea.
The research into the antioxidants in tea is compelling and continually evolving. The consistency of the research into tea’s antioxidants is evidenced by the many cultures that drink large amounts of tea and have lowered incidences of heart disease and other ailments.
Most of the research has shown that everyday, regular tea drinkers have a much lower incidence of heart disease and stroke, lower cholesterol number. In addition to these health prevention traits, tea drinkers also tend to recover faster from heart attacks than non-tea drinkers.
There are tests that suggest that black and green tea also help in the battle of the bulge by increasing metabolism; block the body’s response to allergens; fight the occurrence of diabetes, and protect against tumor growth and Parkinson’s Disease.
Research into antioxidants in tea and bladder cancer cells has produced promising results. Bladder cancer cells, when exposed to green tea, made the cells mature faster, multiply slower and bind tightly together. This could be a first step in finding a cancer cure.
Antioxidants in tea are plentiful, both in green tea and in black. This finding adds another source of antioxidants to help the body fight diseases and aging.