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Move Over Moderation – I’m Having Tea!

Filed Under: Teas,Women's Health at 11:42 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
My Morning Cup of TeaWith almost everything, even fruit, you are told to exercise moderation. You don’t want to overdo any one item as that will only negate the benefits and create new adverse effects. So you measure out serving sizes. You keep within the recommended daily limits, and you teach yourself restriction. You learn to say no when faced with a second cookie, another helping or a final drink. And for the most part, this is good. But, as with anything, there are exceptions to the rule, and tea is one of them. For when it comes to tea, “no” should never be the answer. In fact, “Yes, yes, yes!” is the only appropriate response.Why?Well, it turns out that the more tea a woman drinks the less plaque she has in her carotid arteries. A study of more than 3,000 women found that 44 percent of non-tea drinkers and 42.5 percent of moderate tea drinkers (one to two cups a day) had plaque in their carotid arteries while only 33.7 percent of those who drank three or more cups a day did. The results held true even when other risk factors were accounted for, and there was no differentiation between types of tea – they weren’t all drinking white or black or green or red; they were just drinking. So . . .If you are a woman looking for a way to prevent stroke, for that is what plaque in the carotid arteries causes, this may be it. With a few cups a day, you’ll keep your carotid clear. You’ll avoid a future that could have, in the worst cases, held paralysis, vision and memory loss, speech impairment or behavioral changes. You’ll keep a condition that changes life in immeasurable ways at bay, and you’ll never have to say no again . . . to tea at least.

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