Super teas enhancing health

Reporter: Adam Marshall

As the saying goes: we are what we eat, and now it seems that applies to what we drink as well, with research showing tea can greatly enhance health.

A cup of tea can even help prevent serious problems like heart disease and cancer.

Tea is the most popular drink in the world, and now research shows if you drink the right blend it could not only prolong your lift but also save it.

Professor Peter Clifton, author of the CSIRO's world-renowned Total Wellbeing Diet, swears by tea's super properties.

"Most of the health benefits are usually seen with people drinking at least three cups per day," Professor Clifton said.

"For something like preventing type two diabetes it may be up to five or six cups per day."

According to Professor Luis Vitetta from the University of Queensland "the chemicals known as polyphenols that are found in different varieties of teas have a positive effect on cellular metabolism."

The five super teas that will keep you healthy and looking younger are:

Green tea- reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Black tea- believed to help prevent diabetes with its glucose-inhibiting properties.

Oolong tea- boosts the metabolism, helping burn fat faster and maybe help you shed the kilos.

White tea- high in antioxidants it has anti-ageing properties.

Jasmine tea- said to have anti-inflammatory properties, effective for soothing the symptoms of arthritis.

Kim Torstenson from the Tea Centre says all tea comes from the same plant. The only difference is how long the leaf is left to dry.

According to Torstenson "all teas have the same benefits: cheap, expensive, small leaf, large leaf - the benefits are the same all around."

He explains that different teas are the same as different wines. "You have white wine, red wine, you have a Western Australian or a French wine."

Torstenson believes taste should triumph every time, regardless of the blend.

"Technically the white tea has a little bit more antioxidants, and the black tea have the least," he said

Tea's real power is in its high antioxidants, which Professor Clifton says help to protect your cells against damage.

"The more you drink the greater the benefit," he said.