Tea is a naturally-derived beverage and, besides antioxidants, contributes valuable vitamins and minerals to our daily diets. An average daily consumption of 5 to 6 cups daily complements our body's dietary intake of these vitamins and minerals.
5 to 6 cups of tea contributes:
- 16% of the daily requirement of calcium
- 10% of the daily requirement of zinc
- 10% of our folic acid need
- 9% of the daily requirement of vitamin B1
- 25% of the daily requirement of vitamin B2
- 6% of the daily requirement of vitamin B6
- very few calories and almost no fat (when taken without milk)
Tea also contains:
- Manganese: a mineral essential for optimum bone health and physical development. 5-6 cups of tea is able to provide approximately 45% of our daily requirement, making tea one of the richest natural sources of manganese in our diet.
- Potassium: vital for maintaining good function of the nerves and muscles as well as regulating fluid levels within the cells. Potassium deficiency – usually experienced by people with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia or even those who over-exercise – results in an erratic heartbeat and fatigue. People taking diuretics, whether women during their periods to reduce water retention or those with high blood pressure who are prescribed the drug, also frequently suffer low blood levels of potassium.
5-6 cups of tea provides nearly three-quarters of the recommended daily intake for an adult.
- Fluoride: an anti-tooth decay agent which has a positive effect on preventing tooth decay and gum disease.