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TEA 101Camellia Estate: Health Facts

Tea,The Healthy Choice

Researchers attribute tea’s health properties to polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) and phytochemicals. Though most studies have focused on the better-known green and black teas, white and oolong also bring benefits to the table.

  • Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.

  • Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack. Tea might also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.

  • The antioxidants in tea might help protect against a boatload of cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers. But don’t rely solely on tea to keep a healthy body — tea is not a miracle cure, after all. While more studies than not suggest that tea has cancer-fighting benefits, the current research is mixed.

  • Tea helps fight free radicals. Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity (“ORAC” to its friends), which is a fancy way of saying that it helps destroy free radicals (which can damage DNA) in the body. While our bodies are designed to fight free radicals on their own, they’re not 100 percent effective — and since damage from these radical oxygen ninjas has been linked to cancer, heart disease and neurological degeneration, we’ll take all the help we can get.

  • Tea is hydrating to the body (even despite the caffeine!).

  • Drinking tea is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. When considered with other factors like smoking, physical activity, age and body mass index, regular tea drinking was associated with a lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.

  • Tea might provide protection from ultraviolet rays. We know it’s important to limit exposure to UV rays, and we all know what it’s like to feel the burn. The good news is that green tea may act as a back-up sunscreen.

  • Tea could keep waist circumference in check. In one study, participants who regularly consumed hot tea had lower waist circumference and lower BMI than non-consuming participants. Scientists speculate that regular tea drinking lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome (which increases the risk of diabetes, artery disease and stroke), although it’s important to remember that correlation does not equal causation.

  • Regular tea drinking might also counteract some of the negative effects of smoking and might even lessen the risk of lung cancer (good news, obviously, but not a justification for cigs).

  • Tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars.

  • Tea can help the body recover from radiation. One study found that tea helped protect against cellular degeneration upon exposure to radiation, while another found that tea can help skin bounce backpostexposure.

  • Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.

  • Tea might be an effective agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, especially degenerative diseases (think Alzheimer’s). While many factors influence brain health, polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.

Tea is a great way to give your body what it needs to feel refreshed and renewed. Tea has no calories, but contains several health-promoting compounds such as antioxidants. Blends of tea and herbs can also result in a cup that's uniquely healthful, holistic and even naturally sweetened.

From calorie-free, naturally sweet teas to digestive health teas, Camellia Estate Tea carries a myriad of options to pamper your body and help you focus on your specific needs.

Herbal alternatives to sugar include rare, sweet hydrangea leaves, Chinese sweet blackberry leaves, licorice root, apples and stevia leaves. They are surprisingly viable sweetening solutions — stevia leaves, for example, are 300 times sweeter than cane sugar. They're even free of calories and carbohydrates, providing a healthy alternative for lovers of sweet tea.

Camellia Estate Tea carries several varieties of naturally sweetened, zero-calorie teas, such as our Savannah Lady, sweetened only with the whole blackberries.. Blended with premium fruits and flowers, this yields a delectable, sweet/tart cup with no bitter aftertaste. Truly a rare treat, it is delicious hot and is refreshing over ice.

Camellia Estate Tea carries 6 varieties of Rooibos Teas, providing something for everyone in our line of caffeine-free, organic rooibos-based teas. Red and aromatic, the South African herb rooibos (ROY-boss) is celebrated for its healthful properties and contributes to a healthier lifestyle. Each blend is meticulously formulated with beneficial herbs for specific needs. Whether you're looking for clearer skin, want some extra energy or just need to get more focused, we have a blend designed especially for you.

As part of a healthy lifestyle, all teas can play an important role in a weight-loss plan. Tea itself is not only zero-calorie, it can also assist with daily moderation when it's incorporated as part of a smart diet.

Camellia Estate Tea offers several teas intended specifically for weight control. Our caffeine-free Blueberry Verde, which help to satisfy the appetite and assist with controlling cravings.


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