Can drinking tea improve your health? The experts at the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter evaluated the research and found four reasons to drink up:
- Tea may be good for your heart. Of all the potential benefits of tea, those involving heart disease are perhaps the most promising. Studies have found that drinkers of green or black tea have a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Tea can reduce diabetes risk. Research has linked green or black tea compounds to improved blood sugar control. A 2012 study of tea drinkers in 50 countries found that high consumption of black tea was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Tea may promote weight loss. A large 2013 U.S. analysis found that tea drinkers weighed less and had smaller waists than non-tea drinkersalthough the same didn't hold true for those who reported drinking iced tea, which often contains added sugar.
- Tea is good for your teeth. It has antibacterial effects and may help reduce levels of bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and contribute to gum disease.
From our sister publication Diabetes Focus Summer 2014