tea contains antioxidants (or polyphenols) called flavonoids - as noted in my post on green tea - the most potent being ECGC, which has been shown to protect against free radical damage that can contribute to cancer and heart disease
black tea, having been fermented, has lower concentrations of polyphenols than say green tea; however its antioxidizing power is still significant. studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke and may reduce the risk of stroke.
drinking tea has also been found to support healthy bones – with regular tea drinkers displaying the strongest bones (irrespective of other risk factors) than non-tea drinkers.
tea also contains fluoride and tannins that may keep plaque at bay – which means a winning smile! (just go light on the sugar if you can’t live without it)
not only does it help prevent chronic disease, but tea also strengthens your immune system against infection, and since tea is calorie-free (without added sugar or ‘milk’) it’s a winner for the waist line too!