What Are the Health Benefits of Iced Tea & Lemon Juice? by Shawn Mihalik
Brewed from the same leaves as hot teas, iced tea has the same
health benefits as its warmer counterpart. Numerous studies have
shown that the high levels of flavonoids and other substances in
tea give it many antioxidant properties. Adding lemon juice, which
contains high amounts of beneficial vitamin C and potassium, to
your iced tea not only lends flavor, but can increase the health
benefits as well.
According to the Harvard Health Publications website, green,
black and oolong tea, all of which are used to make various iced
teas, contain antioxidants that block the oxidation of LDL while
increasing levels of HDL, which improves function of the arteries.
According to the Linus Pauling Institute, several studies have
found that drinking 24 oz. of tea a day decreases the risk of heart
attack by 11 percent.
Help With Osteoporosis
According to the Linus Pauling Institute, the presence of
fluoride, caffeine and flavonoids in tea may help increase bone
mineral density, leading to a decrease in the risk of osteoporosis.
One study found a direct association between tea consumption and
hip fracture, which is one of the consequences of osteoporosis.
Decreased Cancer Risk
According to the National Cancer Institute, the presence of
catechins in tea may help in treating and preventing cancer.
Studies performed on animals have shown that catechins can slow the
growth of cancer cells as well as fight free radicals before they
cause damage. These studies have also shown that catechins can
reduce the size of tumors.
It is important to note, however, that studies in humans have had
differing results. Some human studies have suggested the
possibility that catechins can help in fighting cancer, while other
human studies have produced no recognizable results.
According to the Linus Pauling Institute, fluoride levels in tea
are similar to levels recommended to prevent cavities. One study
found that children who drank tea had significantly fewer cavities
than those who did not. Lemon juice also plays a part in the
treatment of dental problems. According to the LifeMojo Website,
lemon juice can prevent pain and bleeding of the gums and even
helps with bad breath.
Studies have shown that certain teas, especially green and
oolong, may assist in weight loss, according to the Linus Pauling
Institute. Tea has been shown to increase the body's energy
expenditure, which plays an important part in weight reduction. Tea
has also been shown to help prevent the regaining of weight after
significant weight has been lost. The addition of lemon juice to
tea increases the potential for weight loss.
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