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Nutr Rev. 2000 Jan;58(1):1-10.

Tea and health.

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Banting and Best Institute of Medical Research, University of Toronto, ON, Canada.


Tea is a pleasant, popular, socially accepted, economical, and safe drink that is enjoyed every day by hundreds of millions of people across all continents. Tea also provides a dietary source of biologically active compounds that help prevent a wide variety of diseases. It is the richest source of a class of antioxidants called flavonoids and contains many other beneficial compounds such as vitamins and fluoride. A growing body of evidence suggests that moderate consumption of tea may protect against several forms of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, the formation of kidney stones, bacterial infections, and dental cavities. Future research needs to define the actual magnitude of health benefits, establish the safe range of tea consumption associated with these benefits, and elucidate potential mechanisms of action.

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