Every day we drink water, juices, tea etc. Each of those drinks has its own effect on our health. But which drink, consumed by people regularly, is the healthiest one? Some researchers tried to find an answer to this question. They singled out eight pretenders for the title of the leader and explained the values of each.
Healthy Drink #8. Orange Juice
Orange juice found itself in the eighth place. The juice has vitamin C, which boosts the immunity, protects from various diseases, such as cataract, cancer etc. In addition, the orange juice is a great source of the folic acid, which is very important for the prevention of the fetal development defects.
Healthy Drink #7. Cranberry Juice
It is hard to overestimate the value of the cranberry juice. It helps prevent the gum diseases and fight the urinary tract infections. The juices sold in stores often contain sugar in them.
Healthy Drink #6. Tomato Juice
The next drink in line for the leadership is unsalted tomato juice. It protects us against a number of cancer types. It contains a large concentration of lycopene, even more than the fruits contain themselves. Lycopene is associated with lowered cancer risk of the following organs: mouth cavity, lungs, stomach, liver, mammary glands, uterine neck, colon and rectum. In addition, lycopene protects the heart from the action of the free radicals, and hence it reduces the risk of the cardiovascular diseases
Healthy Drink #5. Hot Chocolate
The next drink is particularly loved by children. It is the hot chocolate or cocoa. The valued properties of those drinks lie in the fact that they lighten the mood and prevent the development of the cardiovascular diseases. In addition, cacao contains a lot of polyphenols which protect the cells from the action of the free radicals. Consumption of hot chocolate enhances production of the hormone serotonin (low levels of it have bad effect on one’s mood).
Healthy Drink #4. Soy Milk
Next drink was the soy milk. Regular consumption of this substance helps reduce the risk of developing the cardiovascular diseases. The dietary fibers and proteins found in the soy milk lower the level of “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides. You can not, however, completely replace the cow’s milk with the soy milk since then your body will not receive calcium and vitamin A and D.
Healthy Drink #3. 1% Fat Milk
Applicant number three was the 1% fat milk. It contains complex carbohydrates, proteins and a little bit of fat, thus the product is digested slowly and you do not feel hunger longer. Thanks to it the blood sugar stays stable. Milk also contains calcium and vitamin D. Calcium assists cells at burning fat, facilitating this way normal rate of weight loss.
Healthy Drink #2. Mint Tea
The second place went to the mint tea. It can fight an upset stomach, helps relieve colics, assists digestion by helping the food go through the gastrointestinal tract.
Healthy Drink #1. Green Tea
Green tea was named to be the leader. It is valued for the flavonoids it contains, which help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. In addition green tea is valued for the polyphenols and antioxidants which protect the cells from the damages and neutralise the free radicals.