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Putting the “Tea” in Immunity

Woman drinking a mug of tea
Woman drinking a mug of tea

Dr. Natalie Bozinovski

Naturopathic doctor, Health and the City

Canadians drink a lot of tea — about 85 litres per person per year! With this in mind, Tetley’s award-winning line of Super teas are not only delicious, but they are also fortified with essential vitamins and minerals to help boost your immune system.

These Super Teas come in three varieties: Immune, Antiox, and Boost. “Immune is our most popular tea for the cold and flu season,” says Joyce O’Connor a Senior Brand Manager with TATA Global Beverages. “Each cup delivers 20% of our recommended daily intake of zinc.”

As naturopathic doctor, Dr. Natalie Bozinovski, explains, “low zinc status may increase our susceptibility to infection and oral zinc supplementation appears to reduce the duration of common cold symptoms in healthy people.” The flavour is blended with soothing lemon, echinacea, ginger, and honey — other common ingredients known to provide symptom relief when people are feeling under the weather.

Dr. Bozinovski goes on to say that “the best evidence for echinacea supports its use as a preventative measure…so if you’re prone to the cold or flu, it’s a great herb to consider taking”. Additionally, ginger holds incredible benefits for boosting immune health as well, with its “anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties” says Dr. Bozinovski, and claims that it’s one of her favourites to recommend to patients.

The second variant, Antiox, is an apple cinnamon and Turmeric flavoured tea with added vitamin C. “Turmeric is often studied for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and as a result of this turmeric and vitamin C can play an important role in the prevention and treatment of common cold & flu,” says Dr. Bozinovski. 

The third tea, Boost Peach Ginger and Dandelion, is infused with Vitamin B6 which is a factor in energy metabolism and supports the maintenance of good health. Each cup contains 25% of the recommended daily intake of B6. Using tea as a way to stay hydrated while sick can also be beneficial as “it’s important to replace fluids that could be lost due to fever, treat dehydration, and reduce the thickness of mucus” says Dr. Bozinovski. “Many consumers have told us that they love the taste and the convenience of drinking their vitamins,” says O’Connor. “Some products that have minerals and vitamins don’t taste very good, but with our line of teas you can have a delicious experience while getting a boost of nutrients!”

The Tetley Super Teas are available in major grocery stores across the country and are approved by Health Canada.

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