Flavonoids and catechins… ever heard of them? No worries, we are here to help! At Bigelow Tea we we want to answer all of your questions about these exciting compounds and why they should be part of your daily routine.
We’re also here, as always, to celebrate the benefits of drinking tea — an excellent source of flavonoids as you will come to find out below.
What Are Flavonoids?
Flavonoids, a class of polyphenols, work in our bodies to help fight off free radicals, studies say, and also help with reducing inflammation. These compounds essentially help to protect our cells from damage. A 2022 study supported by the Heart Foundation found that participants, elderly women with the median age of 81, who consumed high levels of flavonoids, reduced their risk of heart attack and stroke.
Participants who drank two-to-six cups of tea daily had a 16% - 42% less chance of developing an extensive build-up of abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) which affects the largest artery in the body.
Additional studies say that certain flavonoids can also help reduce the risk of the following:
- Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cholesterol and heart disease
Where Do You Find Flavonoids?
Flavonoids are found in many foods and beverages, including:
- Blueberries and strawberries
- Black and green tea
- Dark chocolate
- Red wine
Tea has the highest concentrations of flavon-3-ols of all foods and is a go-to source for a variety of good-for-you nutrients. Brewed green or black tea are both a healthy addition to your wellness routine.
Catechins in Tea Explained
Catechins are another category of healthy phenols. Green tea, that is not oxidized has a greater amount of catechins than black tea, which is oxidized. A 2020 study found that drinking green tea may make an impact on preventing certain types of cancers.
Get Your Daily Fix of Flavonoids With Bigelow Tea
To get your daily dose of flavonoids, sipping your favorite black and green teas may be the delicious addition you need to your healthy-choices daily to-do list. With over 150 flavors, the Bigelow family has made sipping tea easy and delightful, so go ahead, grab your favorite blend, steep and enjoy the health benefits that come with every sip!