January: National Hot Tea Month!
A flurry of discoveries about tea’s health benefits, plus renewed appreciation of its ancient heritage, has pushed tea to the fore. Now we enjoy 31 days to celebrate during hot tea month.
The antioxidants in tea appear to lower cholesterol levels. They can improve cardiovascular health and help guard against some cancers.
Tea’s active ingredients are caffeine in combination with the tannin that gives it its pungency and much of its aroma and flavor. Essential oils also enhance these effects. The New York Academy of Medicine held a symposium on “Pharmacological and Physiological Effects of Tea” in 1955 and found that, for reasons they could not explain, tea, unlike coffee, does not cause nervousness, insomnia, or stomach irritation when drunk in quantity.
They agreed tea is a good agent for relieving fatigue and aids clearness of thought and digestion alike.
For years, studies in China and Japan have shown that the folklore about tea does contain some truth — it does promote longer life. Japanese smokers have only half the lung cancer rate as American smokers. In areas of Japan where the most tea is drunk, the rate of stomach cancer is the lowest. In a study of 6,000 Japanese women, those who drank 5 cups or more of green tea per day cut their risk of strokes by 50 percent. “Drinking tea with meals in Japan and China,” says a cancer researcher at the University of British Columbia, “is thought to be a major reason for low cancer rates in these countries.”
Celebrate Hot Tea Month
So enjoy your tea during hot tea month and beyond and drink to your health! Following is a wonderful tea made in Russia. I grabbed it from our Low Fat Tempting Tea recipes.
No tea can compare to this zesty Russian brew!
2 tablespoons whole cloves
8 cups water
10 tea bags
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups orange juice
2 cups peach juice
Juice of one lemon
Boil cloves in water three minutes. Add tea bags and let steep five minutes. Strain. Add sugar and juices then reheat. Serve hot. Recipe makes 24 servings.
Nutritional values per serving:
Calories: 37; Fat: 0.2g; Carbohydrates: 9g; Sodium: 4mg
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