How can tea help prevent diseases?
“The secret lies in tea’s rich array of polyphenols – natural compounds found in the tea plant,” explained Dr Ruxton.
She added: “Polyphenols rebalance our gut microbiota towards more favourable strains including Lactobacillus, Faecalibacteria and Bacteroides.”
Dr Ruxton cited research that shows tea polyphenols – through their role in a “gut-friendly diet” – “could help protect against cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and inflammatory disorders”.
Thus, tea drinking is associated with a lower risk of dementia, obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.