(DENVERPOST) — A tea timeout is my favorite way to de-stress a day. It feels so civilized to relax with a warm cup of jasmine-scented green tea or perhaps the traditional English treat, black tea with milk. Still, I’ve always wondered, is tea as healthful as many people believe?

Although tea has been enjoyed around the world for some 5,000 years, it wasn’t until relatively recently that scientists started searching for the facts.

From the 1970s to the 1990s, epidemiological studies found tea drinking might be associated with better health.

“More careful clinical and laboratory studies are needed,” said Johanna Dwyer, a professor at Tufts Medical School in Boston, at the fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health held Sept. 19 at the U.S. Agriculture Department.

But recent studies have been promising. Just about every cell in the body could potentially benefit from tea — with virtually no downsides.

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