NEWS: The Tea on the Powerful Health Benefits of America's Beloved Hot Beverage

Pinkies up – it's time to celebrate the health benefits of the most consumed beverage in the world second to only water! As we look ahead and enter the new year, steep your way to optimal health by celebrating the fourth annual National Hot Tea Day on January 12, 2019. To honor tea lovers across the nation throughout National Hot Tea Month, the Tea Council of the USA kicked off their third annual IndividualiTEA Photo Sharing Sweepstakes, offering one lucky winner a chance to win $500 and a year's supply of tea. Entering is as easy as one-two-tea! Simply brew up a cup of black, green, white, dark or oolong tea and share your photo, video or description on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #IndividualiTEA and tag @TeaCouncil.

After holiday parties full of eating and drinking merrily, it's no wonder getting healthier is one of the nation's most sought-after New Year's resolutions. Luckily, tea can help! All true teas come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, and there are five main types to consume to reap the plentiful benefits – black, green, white, dark and oolong. Tea contains especially high concentrations of flavonoids, which are naturally occurring compounds that have antioxidant properties. Tea flavonoids often provide bioactive compounds that help to neutralize free radicals, which scientists believe, over time, damage elements in the body, such as genetic material and lipids, and contribute to chronic disease.

Whether you're brewing up a cup for tea's healing properties or cozying up on a cold winter's day with a warm mug, consider these proven health benefits of tea as you review resolutions, build new habits and enter 2019: 

"Just like eating fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods, regular tea consumption has been shown to have significant health benefits," says Peter Goggi, President of the Tea Council of the USA. "We're excited to encourage a nation of tea drinkers to showcase their IndividualiTEA and embrace National Hot Tea Month timed to the new year. We can't wait to see your tea stories!"

Looking to steep the perfect cup of hot tea, every time? Timing is crucial, so follow the Four Golden Rules for a delicious cup, and don't forget about steeping guidelines!

IndividualiTEA Photo Sharing Sweepstakes Details:
Share a photo, video or explanation of the unique ways, times, and places you like to cook with or sip your favorite tea (it can be as unique as you'd like!) on and on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #IndividualiTEA and tag @TeaCouncil. You'll be prompted to finalize your entry for a chance to win at A copy of the official rules can be found here. Enter as many times as you'd like and don't forget to tag and tell your friends. Visit the Tea Council of the USA or follow @TeaCouncil on Instagram and Twitter to learn more about the many unique characteristics of tea.

About the Tea Council of the USA:
The Tea Council of the USA is a non-profit association that was formed in 1950 as a partnership between tea packers, importers and allied industries within the United States, and the major tea producing countries. It functions as the promotional arm of the tea industry with a primary goal of increasing overall awareness of tea by providing information about its many positive attributes. One of the Council's primary objectives is the dissemination of key scientific findings about tea to the public. The Tea Council does this in several ways including: funding scientific meetings to bring tea researchers from around the world together to share key information and identify next steps for future research projects; and working with health organizations and international scientists to disseminate information about potential positive health effects of tea consumption on a public level.

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