Is Tea Good For You?

I’m sorry if I’m the one who had to break this to you, but tea is apparently not perfect. Amid the seemingly endless flurry of reports on the many positive health benefits that we can realize from drinking tea, you’ll occasionally run across one or two not so good reports.

For instance, it’s said that black tea might increase the risk of kidney stones. More recently, a study by researchers at Georgetown University suggested that drinking tea might raise the risk of rheumatoid arthritis in post-menopausal women.

Okay – fair enough. It would be silly to assume that there can never be any downsides to tea drinking. In addition to the above-mentioned issues, there’s the simple fact that, for some people (including yours truly), just the caffeine in tea can be something of a mixed blessing.

On the other hand, it seems just as silly that the London Telegraph used the aforementioned arthritis study as a springboard for an article with the attention-grabbing and somewhat sensational title – “Tea: Is It Good Or Bad For You? Without going into all that much detail the article runs down a number of claims for tea, including the notion that it might help with such maladies as diabetes, weight loss, cancer, heart disease, eye problems and more.

The downsides listed are rather negligible, including – as already noted here – the notion that the caffeine in tea is not recommended for those who are sensitive to it. As for cons, well, there really are none others listed. So one could arrive at the very non-scientific conclusion, based on this sparse article, that tea is good for you (as if we hadn’t already decided that).

For more on these potential health benefits of tea, be sure to refer back to the many and varied articles that regularly appear in these very pages – with more sure to come soon.

Don’t forget to check out William’s blog, Tea Guy Speaks!

One thought on “Is Tea Good For You?

  1. Melissa

    Cracks me up when, ‘studies’ like the on eon kidney stones come out. Did they also ask the participants how much water they drank in a day or what other things they did or did not do that might have contributed to their stones? Most likely they saw, tea drinker+stones= tea causes stones! New discovery! This kind of, ‘science’ bugs me. I do know tea is not perfect, but neither are medical studies. Thanks for the article. I liked the spirit in which you wrote it.

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