Saturday, January 27, 2007

Take time for tea

The science magazine Cosmos reports that an article in the international journal, Psychopharmacology, has discovered that the health benefits of drinking tea include faster recovery from stressful situations and lower cortisol levels in the blood. Both these things lower the risk of coronary artery disease.

Subjects were given identical looking and tasting drinks, both with caffeine. One group was given a drink that did not have the normal active ingredients of tea. Both drinks were made in such a way as to avoid the normal "comforting" aspects that a cup of tea may have.

The group that had the real tea recovered faster from stressful situations and had a lower blood cortisol level.

We're lucky. We can have our tea, in our favorite cup, with all the comforting aspects in place.

Just don't put milk in your tea. That seems to cancel some of the health benefits, Reuters reports.

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