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Date added: 01/16/2009 Tea, Herbal Tea and Health
The believed health benefits of tea and herbal tea Almost as soon as tea was discovered about 5,000 years ago, claims were being made about its effects on human health. Tea has been said to cure everything from serious illnesses to colds, from insomnia to drowsiness (how the same substance can help with both insomnia and drowsiness is, well, somewhat questionable, to say the least), obesity, diabetes, various cancers, liver problems, bladder problems, kidney stones and so much more. What is known about tea and herbal tea A few health facts about tea are well established. For example, tea has caffeine in it, but herbal teas generally do not contain caffeine. Tea has no calories, no carbohydrates and no fat. Additives, such as milk, cream and sugar, however, are another thing. Tea is known to contain certain antioxidants in it, including catechins. The most well-known of these catechins is called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG for short. EGCG can be found mostly in green tea, although to a lesser degree it is also present in black tea.