Thursday, February 19, 2009

Comfort in a Cup


Lots of studies have shown the health benefits of tea. It lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, and possibly certain cancers. But does it deliver its most touted benefit: to soothe and calm? To find out, British researchers divided 75 tea drinkers into two groups. One drank four cups of black tea a day, while the other has "placebo tea"which is identical in taste, smell and caffeine content but lacking active tea ingredients. Six weeks later, the groups underwent a stressful challenge. Immediately after,the black tea drinkers had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who'd been drinking the placebo. High levels of cortisol can weaken your immune system; they've also been linked to cravings for high-fat, high-sugar foods. So if a bad day has you yearning for a brownie, try sipping tea instead.
from: good housekeeping


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