Thursday, 15 October 2009

Tea of the Day!

Celestial Seasonings Throat Soothers Wellness Tea: 3/5
Chamomile, honey and lemon flavors, west indian lemongrass, cinnamon, roasted chicory, and ginger

Mmmmmm, sore throat season. For lack of freshly ground ginger, I went with the sore throat tea. It coats the throat nicely with the honey, which causes a very sweet aftertaste in the back of the mouth, but nothing overly tangible. The rest of the tea tastes like little more than flavored water. It works fairly well at giving momentary respite to a sore throat when it is very hot. But when it gets cold, all it is is a cup of strangely sweetened water. I do recommend it for the early stages of a sore throat.

Tea and Health II: Antioxidants
Tea contains a high concentration of polyphenols, compounds that slow down or prevent damage to the body caused by free radicals. Free radicals are oxidants (unstable oxygen molecules) that harm cell structures and contribute to the occurrence of cancer and heart disease. Polyphenols are credited with preventing the buildup of fatty tissue that can block arteries and precipitate stroke. Green teas in particular contain catechins, powerful polyphenols that are though to help reduce cholesterol by helping the body decrease the amount of of fat absorbed into the bloodstream. Black tea may inhibit the growth of skin cancer and tumors in the digestive and urinary tracts. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), found only in green tea and more powerful than vitamin E, has been shown to prevent or inhibit the growth of tumors in certain cancers, including breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers. EGCG may also slow don flu-causing viruses and the bacteria that cause bad breath.

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