Fit to a Tea.

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  • Author(s): Isaacson, Greg
  • Source:
    Psychology Today. Sep/Oct2007, Vol. 40 Issue 5, p58-58. 1p.
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    • Abstract:
      The article explores the health benefits of tea. The leaves of the camellia sinensis plant contain an array of bioactive substances, but scientific interest is brewing over the medicinal properties of antioxidant polyphenol compounds known as flavonoids. As tea leaves are fermented by air exposure to produce black tea, the catechins are transformed into theaflavins and thearubigins. Populations that drink green tea have lower rates of cancer. Drinking five cups of black tea per day lowers total cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol.