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In this issue of our newsletter:

The Simple Drink!

That Fights Cancer, Heart Disease,

Colds, even Cavities!
Lester A. Mitscher, PhD University of Kansas

You know that green tea is good for you. But did you know that green tea and black teas help ward off many types of cancer fight heart disease and colds, even prevents cavities? A Chinese emperor first touched the health benefits of green tea more than 4,000 years ago. Here’s what the latest scientific research shows...

What Tea Helps?

Green and black teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The leaves contain Catechins, antioxidants that block the action of free radicals (harmful molecules).

The most powerful catechins are epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). A study conducted at the University of Shizuoka in Japan showed that the antioxidant power of (EGCG) in green tea was 200 times stronger than that of vitamin E, another antioxidant.

Green tea is made from fresh, young, leaves, which are steamed right away to preserve catechins and then dried. Black tea contains about half the catechins as green tea because it undergoes more processing before leaves are dried.

 Specific Benefits;

The health benefits of catechins in tea include...

  • Reducing risk of certain types of cancer, including cancers of the lung, breast and digestive tract. In a University Minnesota study of more than 35,000 women over eight years, those who drank two or more cups of green/black tea daily had 10% lower risk of developing cancer than those who seldom drank tea.
  • Reducing heart disease by blocking the formation of plaque in the coronary arteries. A four- year study conducted at Harvard Medical School showed that participants who drank 14 cups or more of green /black tea weekly had a 44% lower death rate after a heart attack than people who didn’t drink tea.
  • Fewer colds and other illnesses. Tea keeps free radicals from undermining the immune system. In 2002 report, researchers at Toyama Medicals and Pharmaceutical University in Japan confirmed reports that catechins in green tea extract inhibit the growth of the influenza virus. Scientists at SUNY Health Science Center, University Hospital in Syracuse, New York, reviewed the literature and concluded that green tea enhances immunity.
  • Building bone density. One Study of more than 1,000 participants showed that drinking two or more cups of tea a day for at least six years strengthened bone density.
  • Preventing cavities by blocking growth of streptococcus mutants, bacterium associated with dental plaque
  •  Aiding digestion by fostering the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

 

How much tea?

Aim for four cups of green tea or six cups of black tea daily. Expensive teas may taste better, but they don’t necessarily provide more health benefits. Brew tea for three minutes to ensure the release of antioxidants. Longer steeping only produces more tannin which tastes bitter.

Iced tea yields the same benefits, but antioxidants degrade with time, so drink the tea soon after brewing. Tea contains less caffeine than coffee-up to 30mg per cup of green tea. The process that removes caffeine from tea does not interfere with its health benefits.

Alternative try: Try caffeine-free green tea capsules, available at health food stores. Look for brand that is organic, free of preservatives and has an expiration date to ensure freshness. The usual does is two 250-mc capsules daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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