Tea has been celebrated in the East as a beneficial medicinal drink for thousands of years, where drinking this aromatic beverage has long been considered imperative to good health and long life.
Modern Western research indicates that there may indeed be many health benefits associated with imbibing different types of teas. In fact, some studies show that teas may help protect the body against certain cancers, reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and even lower cholesterol. It has also been suggested that green teas contain polyphenols, antioxidants which may help neutralize those pesky free radicals that damage our bodies’ DNA.
“There doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea,” says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, LD. “I think it’s a great alternative to coffee drinking. First, tea has less caffeine. It’s pretty well established that the compounds in tea – their flavonoids – are good for the heart and may reduce cancer.”
And brewing tea couldn’t be easier! After sharing my thoughts about my lifelong search for the perfect cup, I was prompted to ask a British friend to reveal her tea-making tips. Here Sue Mason of Cheshire in the UK kindly walks me through her five simple steps to making her own perfect cup of tea.