Tea is Better Than Water
“Drinking tea is actually better than drinking water,” said Dr. Carrie Ruxton, nutritionist and author of the study, according to BBC.
“Water basically replace fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so that you have two things happening,” he said.
Antioxidants – particularly flavonoids – can reduce damage to cells because of daily activities, so researchers believe the compound can help prevent heart attacks and some cancers.
They found evidence that drinking 3-4 cups of tea a day can reduce the chances of having a heart attack. Some studies suggest tea consumption protects against cancer, although this effect is less clear.
Other health benefits include protection against tooth plaque and tooth decay and strengthen bones.
According to Time, British Nutrition Foundation recommends about 1.5 to 2 liters a day, and research shows that drinking 1-6 cups of tea a day, including black tea, increase the intake of antioxidants.
However, there are some evidence that shows tea can prevent the absorption of iron from food, so those who are at risk for anemia should avoid drinking it after eating.