Tea is served with ceremony in Japan, spicy on the streets of Calcutta, with a swirl of milk in London, and sweet as syrup in Charleston. But no matter how you take it, tea is proving to be more than just a soothing and delicious beverage.
Tea has long been considered a healthful drink, and even thousands of years ago it was prescribed for a wide variety of ailments. Now research is revealing the science behind the ancient wisdom. Tea has healing properties that can help prevent diseases as dissimilar as heart disease and cancer.
From imperial beginnings to modern day popularity, tea has had a recurring role in world events. Tea was central to some of the greatest political, social, and economic upheavals in history, and it remains a drink that defines cultures and stirs passions.
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