It’s a certainty that most people have heard winter labeled the “cold and flu” season and if you’re looking for a way to avoid falling victim to “the season,” your ticket to health might be black or green.
Hot tea, in either the black and green variety, is a complex brew of chemicals that may look like a seemingly simple beverage, yet it’s one which possesses the ability to do wonders when it comes to keeping you healthy and avoiding the bugs of the season.
Of course the best defense against contracting a cold or the flu is to wash your hands often but consuming black tea may further bolster your efforts to stay healthy. According to a recent study, highlighted on farsinet.com, it’s not just people who drank black tea who enjoy the flu fighting benefits. The study showed that individuals who gargled with a black tea extract solution twice per day showed a higher immunity to flu virus compared to the people who did not gargle with black tea.
If black tea is not your preference, ‘going green’ can also provide numerous compounds that can keep you away from the sick bed.
It wasn’t until recently that scientists started taking teatime to task to uncover exactly which health benefits this leaf elixir offers. Green tea is made by steaming, rolling, and then drying the leaves. It’s the least processed tea, which means it brings the most benefits.
“I don’t recommend (green tea] supplements generally speaking, I recommend the tea,” said Suzy Cohen, RPh. “In that leaf, there are thousands of compounds that work synergistically. When you’re drinking the tea, you’re getting all of those nutrients at once. It’s more alive and bioactive.”
No matter which type of tea you prefer rest assured you’re getting plenty of natural supplements that will help you fight off the cold and flu viruses.
"The big class of chemicals in tea are flavonoids — a natural class of antioxidants that are found in many natural plant-derived foods," explains Dr. Kenneth Mukamal, an internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and author of the Circulation report. "In American diets, black tea represents probably the single biggest source of flavonoids."
So as you hear the warnings of the impending cold and flu season, just keep in mind that green and black are the colors to remember when it comes to keeping your nose and eyes from turning red.
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