Trying to get healthier in 2015? Eating your fruits and veggies? Good for you! But if you really want to up your health-game this year, you’ll drink hot tea. Turns out that 1 cup of hot tea contains more antioxidants than a serving of any fruit or veggie.
According to Prevention, tea is infused with antioxidant compounds that are believed to fight off all types of cancer, heart disease and even diabetes. And hot tea makes better use of those wonderful antioxidants than tea served any other way.
Hot tea is generally agitated as it steeps (think swirling, dunking, circling and squeezing your tea bag to get ever delicious drop of flavor) and this agitation could be the reason that hot tea can give you an extra boost of antioxidants.
Antioxidants help protect the body from harmful free-radicals. But some antioxidants, like the vitamin C found in some fruits and vegetables, is water soluble. This means it doesn’t stay in the body for a very long time. Adding hot tea into your healthy routine can help you keep the concentration of antioxidants in your blood at a higher level, increasing the level of protection from these health warriors.
So, in your quest for better health, remember to take the chill out of a winter’s day with a delicious cup of hot tea. It’s a great recipe to warm you up and keep you healthy.