Not just good for warming your bones, it turns out that tea is an important source of fluoride and the longer you leave it to brew, the better it is for your teeth, according to new research.
“Tea does not damage dental enamel unlike sugary and carbonated drinks, acidic juice or alcohol," says tea scientist, study co-author and a member of the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP), Dr Tim Bond. "Instead, tea protects and strengthens teeth. In fact, it is estimated that 70 per cent of the average UK intake of fluoride comes in a cuppa.”
And that's not all - tea also contains polyphenols, a family of plant compounds which appear to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative properties.
“There is a lot of interest in flavonoids because there is now good evidence that they are associated with increased antioxidant activity, reduced lipid peroxide and improved resistance to oxidation of unhealthy LDL cholesterol,” says Dr Ruxton, dietitian and a member of the Tea Advisory panel.
There is now solid evidence — from a range of observational studies backed up by laboratory and human trials — to show that regular tea consumption is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, neurodegenerative diseases and obesity.
So we'd better pop the kettle on then!
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