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Hydrate Your Way to a Healthier, Happier You This Summer

Monday, June 2, 2008 General News J E 4
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NEW YORK, June 2 Summer is right around the corner, andwhether you plan to spend lazy days by the pool or crazy days crammed withactivities, experts agree it's important to stay hydrated. So don't let theheat take the sizzle out of your plans ... stay cool and hydrated with icedtea this summer, and enjoy more than just a cold drink. With National Iced TeaMonth upon us, June is the perfect time to take note of the multitude ofbenefits this powerhouse drink has to offer. Great-tasting and calorie-free,iced tea also boasts the same phytonutrients found in hot tea, which researchsuggests may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers,while helping to maintain a healthy weight.

"June's National Iced Tea Month is a good time to drink up the manybenefits of tea," says Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the USA."It's tasty, refreshing, has zero calories and is chock full of healthbenefits, so it's a terrific beverage choice. With a multitude of researchsuggesting that the substances in tea may help the body maintain healthy cellsand tissues, contribute to heart health and keep your weight in check, whywould anyone choose to drink anything else?"

Drink Your Way to a Healthy Heart

Tea flavonoids are thought to support cardiovascular health throughseveral mechanisms, including:

Tea's Potential Role in the Fight Against Cancer

According to decades of research, consumption of tea has been linked tothe potential risk reduction of certain types of cancer. Studies suggest that:

New Findings About Tea and Weight Management

Most of us work hard to get in shape before the summer bathing suitseason. A number of studies suggest that tea, particularly green tea, may helpkeep those pounds off all summer long. Specifically, research suggests thatthe combination of tea catechins and caffeine provided from three to four cupsof tea daily can help:

In Summer's Heat, Hydrate the Healthy Way

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water andcan be found in almost 80 percent of all U.S. households. On any given day,over 127 million Americans are drinking tea -- mostly over ice. Given itsgreat taste and host of health benefits, it's no wonder why. This summer asyou think of ways to beat the heat, drink to your health with an icy, coldglass of iced tea! For more information about the role of tea in a healthydiet, visit www.teausa.org

ABOUT THE TEA COUNCIL OF THE USA:

The Tea Council of the USA is a non-profit association that was formed in1950 as a joint partnership between tea packers, importers and alliedindustries within the United States, and the major tea producing countries. Itfunctions as the educational arm of the tea industry with a primary goal ofincreasing overall awareness of tea by providing information about its manypositive attributes. One of the Council's primary objectives is thedissemination of key scientific findings about tea to the public. The TeaCouncil does this in several ways including: funding scientific meetings tobring tea researchers from around the world together to share key informationand identify next steps for future research projects; and working with healthorganizations and international scientists to disseminate information aboutpotential positive health effects of tea consumption on a public level.Additional efforts of the Tea Council include outreach to the healthprofessional community, support and monitoring of key scientific meetingsinternationally, and ongoing interaction with leading tea researchers.-- providing antioxidants to help the body fight inflammation; -- supporting healthy blood cholesterol levels; and -- supporting healthy blood vessel function, thereby promoting healthy blood pressure.

SOURCE Tea Council of the USA, Inc.
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