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Ask the RD: Health Benefits of Decaffeinated Tea

Tea is the most popular drink in the world and provide several health benefits.  The benefits of tea vary based on the amount of polyphenols it contains. During the process of decaffeinating the tea, most of the polyphenols remain intact, giving decaffeinated tea most of the benefits that caffeinated tea has.

Green and black teas contain the most benefits and 2 to 3 cups of tea are recommended per day for adults. Drinking decaffeinated tea is a smart choice for those who need to avoid or limit caffeine.

 Polyphenols
Polyphenols are plant compounds with antioxidant properties thought to be more effective than vitamin C. The polyphenols in tea are known as catechins. There are two processes used to decaffeinate tea. One that uses ethyl acetate only retains 30 percent of the polyphenols. The other, more natural way uses only water and carbon dioxide and retains 95 perfect of the polyphenols. Decaf tea is a smart alternative to caffeinated tea.

Antioxidants
Antioxidants fight free radicals that can change cells, damage DNA and cause cell death. Free radicals can lead to cancer and heart disease and speed the aging process. Antioxidants in decaffeinated tea, especially green tea, can help neutralize free radicals and may reduce or prevent the damage they cause. Green and black teas provide the most antioxidants.

Reduced Cancer Risk
Clinical studies have shown that both black and green tea protect against cancer, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Polyphenols in tea may kill cancerous cells and prevent them from growing. Tea helps to prevent against certain cancers such as bladder, gastric, ovarian and pancreatic cancers, according to the Mayo Clinic.  Researchers found that women under the age of 50 who drank 3 or more cups of tea per day were 37 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than those who did not consume tea.

Lowers Cholesterol
Tea can lower total cholesterol and raise HDL, the good cholesterol. Polyphenols may block cholesterol from being absorbed in the intestine and help rid the body of it. In a study of male smokers, drinking green tea reduced blood levels of the harmful kind of cholesterol, LDL. Drinking tea can also assist in preventing atherosclerosis, a condition in which the artery walls thicken due to accumulation of fatty materials, through reduction of cholesterol and triglyceride levels. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the rate of heart attack decreases 11 percent by drinking 3 cups of tea per day. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not allow tea makers to claim that tea reduces these risks.

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Why You Should Be Drinking Peppermint Herb Tea before Bed


 Peppermint herb tea is a naturally caffeine-free tea which is a tisane infusion of peppermint, meaning that it is actually made from anything but the leaves of the tea bush. Peppermint is a mix between spearmint and watermint and has quite a high menthol content; it also goes well if you mix it with other herbal teas or even non-herbal teas. It has a very strong aroma, as well as flavor of mint because of its high menthol content. Peppermint herb tea is also versatile, which is one of the reasons it is quite popular, since it can be drunk either hot or cold. Though peppermint herb tea can be enjoyed at any time during the day, you will get extra benefits if you drink it before bedtime.

Relaxation

You have a greater chance of falling asleep if you are actually relaxed when your head hits the pillow, so drinking peppermint herb tea before bed is a great way to prepare yourself for a restive night of good, sound sleep. If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, you may want to try peppermint her tea for that reason alone; it has been shown to battle sleep deprivation quite effectively, which ties in to its overall benefit of helping to relax you for sleep. Stress, too, can be an inhibitor of sleep since tension, and tightness in your muscles make it harder to fall asleep. Drinking herb tea just before bed can be an easy and proven way to release the tension in your muscles, thereby allowing for a quicker path to restful sleep.

Soothing of Your Stomach

Drinking peppermint herb tea before bed can also lead to benefits for your stomach. If you have ever experienced any of the following--stomach aches, stomach pains, stomach cramps or diarrhea--you should have tried to soothe your stomach with peppermint herb tea. Anything that upsets your stomach is a hindrance to getting a good night's sleep, yet just a cup of this tea should settle your stomach just fine so you can get on with the business of sleep.
Often called the "stomach healer," peppermint herb tea also helps in the promotion of good digestion while also cutting down on heartburn. If you are trying to fall asleep and you ate dinner only a couple of hours before, you may experience heartburn, which will distract you from falling asleep. Again, just a cup of peppermint herb tea can help a great deal.

Immune System Benefits

Those times in the year when you are sick and falling asleep is hardly an option, you may wish you had drunk peppermint tea before bed more often. The reason is that peppermint herb tea acts as a great preventative force against catching the common cold or, worse, the flu. This kind of tea comes with good amounts of potassium, calcium and vitamin B, all useful agents in the fight against colds and flus.
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How to Drink Green Tea Without the Side Effects

Though green tea has a lot of health benefits, it can also cause side effects like jitteriness and upset stomach. Follow these simple steps to have the best possible experience with your green tea.
 
Drink green tea tea when it's freshly made but slightly cooled. Scalding tea can damage your digestive system. Moreover, recent studies suggest that too much hot tea can promote throat cancer.[1] Conversely, compounds in tea like catechins, theanine, and vitamins C and B diminish over time through oxidation, so the health benefits are strongest with fresh tea. Old tea can also harbor bacteria, especially since its antibacterial properties diminish with time.[2]

Brew the same tea leaves in moderation. With each successive infusion, cancerous substances in the leaves themselves (often pesticides) are drawn out.[3]
Avoid tea that's excessively concentrated. Too-strong tea contains huge amounts of caffeine and polyphenols. The excess of caffeine can cause tremors and heart palpitations, and too many polyphenols can cause indigestion.[4] 

Make sure that tea doesn't conflict with any medications or supplements that you're taking. The compounds in tea can interact with certain substances.[5] Ask your doctor or pharmacist for confirmation.
Don't drink too many cups! The United Kingdom Tea Council recommends drinking not more than 6 cups of tea a day. For the best health benefits, 3 to 4 cups is recommended.
 

Drink tea an hour before or after meals. Certain compounds in tea inhibit the absorption of calcium[6] and non-heme iron[7]. Drinking too much tea can worsen the symptoms of those prone to iron deficiency. Putting milk in your tea can cancel out the problem of calcium absorption, the oxalate in the tea bonds to the calcium in the milk rather than the calcium in your food.[8]

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