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The Best Healthy Beverages are Tea, Coffee and Chocolate Milk

by Kathy Jones on January 15, 2011 at 8:43 PM
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 The Best Healthy Beverages are Tea, Coffee and  Chocolate Milk

Old-school beverages such as tea, coffee and low fat or chocolate milk are the best elixirs for nutrition, health and workout recovery, says a new research.

Research indicates that tea strengthens the body's immune system, reduces buildup of plaque on arterial walls, and aids in the control and prevention of diabetes.

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Tea is an antioxidant-rich beverage containing more polyphenols than many fruits and vegetables, according to the study.

Besides being rich in compounds that combat cell-damaging oxidative stress, tea has a chemical makeup that includes enzymes, carbohydrates, protein, and lipids.
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Oxidative stress is a molecular imbalance that interferes with the body's ability to detoxify harmful compounds leading to cellular damage and is associated with chronic health problems such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer.

Packed with compounds that protect cells from oxidative stress, tea has emerged as a natural dietary aid to lower the risk of these ailments.

Like tea, coffee is packed with polyphenols, and it actually has a higher content of antioxidants than green or black tea and other beverages such as fruit and vegetables juices.

Researchers suggested that coffee consumption can lower cardiovascular risks as well as lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 50 percent.

Coffee also appears to have a positive effect on neurological diseases with coffee consumption possibly reducing the risk of both Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

The findings also detail the benefits of whole, low-fat, and chocolate milk when it comes to overall nutrition, bone density, weight loss, muscle-building and more.

Source: ANI
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