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January is National Hot Tea Month: Benefits of drinking tea

January is National Hot Tea Month! Enjoy a hot cup of tea.

South Koreans drinking green tea
South Koreans drinking green tea
Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
South Koreans drinking green tea
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According to Harvard Health, Although tea drinking has been associated with health benefits for centuries, only in recent years have its medicinal properties been investigated scientifically. The October issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch recognizes the healthy power of tea while helping readers get the most out of their cups.

Tea's health benefits are largely due to its high content of flavonoids — plant-derived compounds that are antioxidants. Green tea is the best food source of a group called catechins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder read the entire Harvard Health article

Stay healthy, enjoy drinking hot tea especially green tea. For advice on healthy eating contact a dietitian, personal trainer or weight loss center in your area. Drink green tea along with daily exercise and healthy eating.

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