Sorting Out the Health Claims About Tea and Herbals

The swirl of claims about the health benefits of teas and herbals seems never-ending. How do you sort it all out? The best way to start is to consider the source. While the Internet has made access to good information even easier, it has also made fraudulent and just plain wrong information equally accessible. You …

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5 Things About Coffee That Will Make You Switch to Tea (Maybe)

In the U.S. a large percentage of folks drink both coffee and tea. A lot of them see tea as that beverage for when they are sick (remember that seen in Working Girl where Harrison Ford is offering a passed out Kathy Griffin some tea just because that’s what would sound good to him when …

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Get Your Vitamin C With Tea?

For most of us the be all and end all for vitamin C is orange juice. Or you could just use supplements. But what about tea? Well, first things first. If you want a fairly in-depth look at vitamin C check out this one from the National Institutes of Health, which notes, "Humans, unlike most …

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Enhance Your Memory with Green Tea (claims a recent study)

I would drink green tea if there were no beneficial side effects at all - and for black tea that goes even more so. But as we all must surely know by now there are a lot of claims made for tea's alleged benefits and many of these are focused on green tea. One of …

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Earl Grey Tea for Your Health?

What can you say about the potential health benefits of Earl Grey tea that you can't say about black tea? Now, I guess I should explain that one. As a general rule, Earl Grey tea and black tea are the same thing, with one key difference. Though other types of tea are occasionally used to …

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Taking Tea’s Health Claims with a Grain of Salt

Let's be blunt about this whole tea and health thing. There are a lot of flaky claims being made these days. Which is not to say that there are no benefits to your health to be gained by drinking tea. It's just that you need to take a lot of these claims with a grain …

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Is Puerh Tea a Health-Giving Elixir?

Once upon a time there was tea. It was black - for the most part. It was a time, here in the West, when tea and black tea were nearly synonymous. But in the last decade or so it's green tea that's grabbed the overwhelming share of attention. With the popularity of green tea there's …

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Tea as a Mouthwash – Pros & Cons

The next time you reach for that bottle of mouthwash maybe you should reach for a cup of tea instead. Or should you? I've written about tea and oral health a few times in the pages so far. Here's a more recent article on the topic and here's one from several years back that looks …

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Matcha: The One Healthy Tea to Rule Them All?

Here's my oft-repeated opinion on the health benefits of tea, condensed to one sentence: I don't deny that there's evidence that tea can be healthy, but there's no shortage of people who are eager to stretch those claims in the interest of selling tea. While many claims for tea's benefits center on green tea, there …

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Does Tea Need More Caffeine?

People have different reasons for drinking tea. Some do so because they grew up in a tea drinking household and that's just the way things were done. Some people drink it for the taste - a group that I'd put myself in. Some like the contemplative aspects of the tea experience and the ritual of …

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