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Dr. Paula Walker discusses the benefits of tea

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Dr. Paula Walker discusses the benefits of tea Dr. Paula Walker discusses the benefits of tea

For centuries, tea has been thought to improve longevity, vitality, and a person's overall well-being.

Some teas can even help fight cancer.

Tea is a low calorie, plant-based beverage that contains flavonoids, which protect our body's cells from oxidative damage. Over time oxidative damage can cause chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

Research has shown that consuming four cups of green tea per day can reduce your risk of getting cancer by up to 50 percent. The flavonoids in tea can prevent blood clots from forming. It also reduces ones' risk of heart disease.  

Unfortunately, sweet tea does not have this benefit. Adding sugar or milk to your tea can take away its natural benefits.

Tea is a natural source of hydration, and it also relaxes the person drinking it.

If you drink tea to stay awake or avoid it because you don't want any extra energy, know that tea only has about one-fourth to one-half the amount of caffeine in coffee.

Watch the video for more information.

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