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Regular Tea Times Provide Health Benefits for Seniors

As a rule, when a tee time is mentioned in Florida, it usually means someone is about to hit the links for a round of golf. However, regular tea times of another form actually provide delicious health benefits for seniors, without the expensive greens fees!

Of course, I am talking about drinking tea. Whether you prefer a steaming cup of hot tea to relax, or a refreshing glass of iced tea to cool-off, there are plenty of benefits to enjoying tea each and every day!

NBC’s, Today, highlighted a study published by the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology in January 2020. The research involved 100,000 Chinese adults over a seven-year period of time. The researchers discovered that those adults who drank tea regularly were at lower risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, or less likely to die prematurely from any cause – particularly stroke – compared to others during the study.

Researchers identified this trend in adults who frequently consumed tea, and they found this trend to be especially true among green tea drinkers. The Today report said, “The results suggest habitual tea consumption may be considered as ‘an overall health promoting lifestyle behavior,’ wrote Vanessa Bianconi, a researcher at the University of Perugia in Italy and lead author of an editorial accompanying the new research.”

To that end, tea has the ability to lower blood pressure, which may be the reason there were fewer instances of stroke and risks of dying.

Green and other types of teas are “rich in flavonoids, which are bioactive compounds that can reduce oxidative stress, relieve inflammation and provide other health benefits.”

Additional studies have shown tea can protect the heart and teeth, and may even help “stave-off cancer.” But not all teas are created equally.

“All non-herbal teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The amount of time the leaves are processed determines whether you end up with a green, black or oolong tea. The green teas are the least processed and tend to have the highest amounts of polyphenols, and the only type that contains the polyphenol, catechin, which is why many studies have been done using only green teas. Certain herbal teas are known for their medicinal values, including soothing the digestive system,” the Today report explains.

Today provided the following list of the top 10 potential health benefits of tea:

  • Tea contains antioxidants.
  • Tea has less caffeine than coffee.
  • Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Tea may help with weight loss.
  • Tea may help protect your bones.
  • Tea may help keep your smile bright.
  • Tea may boost your immune system.
  • Tea may help battle cancer.
  • Herbal tea may help soothe the digestive tract.
  • Tea without any additives is calorie-free.

Seniors who are motivated to take measures to improve their health in 2021, could truly benefit from setting-up regular tea times for relaxation, refreshment and healing restoration!

If you or a senior you love requires assistance with grocery shopping or meal planning and preparation, please contact me. I offer a FREE consultation to assess and match the perfect, compassionate caregiver who would be happy to help prepare tea for two!

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