Like eating fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods, regular tea consumption has been shown to have significant health benefits. The major bioactive compounds in tea, called flavonoids, are present in fruits and vegetables, but are found in especially high concentrations in tea (both decaffeinated and regular). “The many bioactive compounds in tea appear to impact virtually every cell in the body to help improve health outcomes, which is why the consensus … is that drinking at least a cup of green, black, white or oolong tea a day can contribute significantly to the promotion of public health,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Tea flavonoids have been linked with cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, weight management, metabolism and other health benefits. While tea is not to be considered a substitute for fruits and vegetables, it can be a valuable addition to a healthy, well-balanced diet. In fact, research studies show that tea drinkers tend to have lower risk for cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and many other chronic illnesses.