What do the antioxidants in tea really mean?
6 November 2017
We often hear the word “antioxidants” when talking about the health benefits of tea, but what really are they and is this just a buzz word?
Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit and protect other molecules from oxidation. Oxidation is a natural chemical reaction, however oxidation is encouraged by stress, poor diets and pollution making it a major issue in modern health. Although a natural process oxidation does create disruptive free radical molecules, and the more oxidation from every day causes, the more free radicals we have. These free radicals are troublesome to the body’s cells causing aging and damage to our bodies cells. Antioxidants work to neutralise these free radicals and protect our body.
Tea has a special type of antioxidants compared to fruits or vegetables, the potent antioxidants that are rich in brewed teas are called flavonoids. Flavanoids are incredibly powerful at keeping our body healthy and at this time of year it is great to keep our bodies supported with good nutrition and good tea!
Pure green tea and black tea are particularly strong in antioxidants with a clean, robust tastes however for a bit more of a fruity twist our T – Tonics have been specially designed with health in mind with antioxidant rich berries, anti- inflammatory spices like cinnamon and clove.