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It's official: Tea is good for you – So drink up!

Cup of tea? That will be nice.

It’s the news all tea loving health freaks have been waiting for. At last, experts are saying what we’ve all been thinking since the dawn of time (well, since we started drinking tea at any rate), that drinking tea is good for us. Workplaces are usually full of folk who appear to act concerned when you drink innumerate cups of tea. Despite the usual protestations, these people won’t usually let up in their forced alarm for your health, and the wisdom of drinking so many cups of tea a day.

A recent BBC report now suggests that these people can begin to worry about far more important matters, such as what the weather is like outside or whether Dawn from accounts is slagging off the colour of their trousers behind their backs. Nutritional experts, it is stated, claim that tea contains “flavonoids” which help to curb the prospect of some cancers and heart disease. More interestingly, it is claimed that tea does not dehydrate you, and that furthermore “…drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water”. This is of course superb news because it means we don’t have to consume water to compensate for the drinking of tea.

The ramifications of this would seem to be wide ranging. In situations where previously water would be drunk as a necessity, now tea can replace it to actually make the occasion pleasurable. After a heavy night out drinking, for instance, the customary “downing” of water before bed in an attempt to curb the inevitable hangover can now be replaced with a nice cuppa in front of the telly. Tea during meals, tea after exercise, tea when you’re ill and need “plenty of fluids,” the possibilities are endless!

We have long argued the benefits of tea from a psychological perspective here on these pages, and in particular its role in relaxation and coping with the working day. For more information on the specifics of the study, check out the original BBC article, also detailed on the superb Tea Council website.