Had a busy time sorting out the season? Put your feet up and have a cup of tea. It now looks like tea can be proven to be an important source of fluoride and the longer you leave it to brew, the better it is for your teeth. Tea scientist, study co-author and a member of the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP), Dr Tim Bond, says, “Our findings underline the health benefits of tea. Drinks which are very sugary or acidic are a major cause of tooth decay and erosion, and they are often a factor in obesity, too, as we tend to focus on the calories we consume as food rather than those hidden away in drinks. Tea does not damage dental enamel unlike sugary and carbonated drinks, acidic juice or alcohol. Instead, tea protects and strengthens teeth. In fact, it is estimated that 70% of the average UK intake of fluoride comes in a cuppa.”
There is now evidence — from a range of observational studies backed up by laboratory and human trials — to show that regular tea consumption is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some cancers, neurodegenerative diseases and obesity. http://www.teaadvisorypanel.com/
New tea flavours
From citrus infusions and fruit tisanes, to detox teas and wholesome blends, Steenbergs has added new flavours to its relaunched herbal tea range, which now comes in new stylish environmentally-friendly tea boxes, with a clear panel at the front to view the colourful tea combinations. With over 30 to choose from there is one for every mood and every time of day such as Detox – a flavoursome blend of dandelion leaves, fennel, peppermint, red clover and nettle to cleanse the body, or Dreamtime – a relaxing tea that encourages sleep made from a blend of St John’s wort, valerian, skullcap, lemon balm, oat straw, peppermint, elder flower, hop and marigold. www.steenbergs.co.uk
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