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Take a healthy sip

health and fitness Updated: Apr 05, 2010 00:55 IST
Himadree
Himadree
Hindustan Times
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Wine culture has always been in fashion, but now it is green tea and its health benefits that are much-talked about.

Today the market is flooded with a plethora of brands that offer a large variety of teas. International brand Newby of London has introduced 50 varieties of tea, that are now available in the Indian market. All the varieties of these teas are stored in a separate room, making cross-migration of flavour impossible. Air and humidity levels are all controlled and teas are foil-wrapped to further protect the tea. With new tea flavours the popularity of green tea is fast growing.

Here are some health benefits of green tea:

Green tea helps in lowering blood pressure.

Regular consumption helps in cancer treatment and prevention. It also reduces esophageal cancer risk (symptom — difficulty in swallowing food).

The presence of powerful antioxidants prevents sudden heart strokes and reduces the risk of certain cardiovascular diseases.

Green tea gives boost to the presence of good cholesterol in the body and keeps the bad cholesterol level in check.

Tooth decay can be prevented by consuming a cup or two of green tea daily.

Green tea is also good for flushing out the toxic elements in the body.

It also increases the energy flow in the body by helping in the digestion of fat in the intestine.

It also helps in the treatment of impaired immune system.

“Green tea is non-fermented and has free radicals. Its high antioxidants, polypehnols impart higher health benefits than black tea and even prevents cancer,” says Bhaskar Singha, CEO of Newby Teas.

He suggests the following top-five picks from among green teas as they are not only good in taste but also enriched with health benefits:
Darjeeling
English Breakfast
Jasmine
Mango
Strawberry
Rosehip
Hibiscus.

So the next time you head out for a tea break, go for the healthy green tea.