This Week in News: Tea and Your Health

In the past week, I have seen more news reports claiming health benefits of tea than ever before. I wanted to share with you some of the more interesting ones:

November 20: Brewed Tea Loaded with Health Benefits

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/lifestyle/health_and_environment/x1945261872/Brewed-tea-loaded-with-health-benefits
“Chinese tea increases antioxidants; boosts metabolism; regulates female emotion; cleanses kidneys and bladder; regulates gastrointestinal system; lowers cholesterol; burns calories; [and] soothes [the] nervous system.”

November 23: Green Tea Eases Stress and Fatigue from Overworking
http://www.naturalnews.com/027553_green_tea_stress_reduction.html
“Those who drank five cups of green tea per day showed considerably less psychological distress than those who drank less than a cup a day. These results were calculated after making adjustments for variables such as age, diet, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, and disease histories.”

November 24: Tea May Help Control Blood Sugar
http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009/11/24/Tea-may-help-control-blood-sugar/UPI-12451259044572/
“Studies from various countries suggest a lifetime consumption of at least two to four cups of tea per day — black tea, in particular — reduces the incidence of type 2 diabetes.”

November 24: Green Tea Good for Gums

http://www.allabouttea.co.uk/tea-news/green-tea-good-for-gums/136919
“Just one cup of green tea a day can help to reduce the effects of gum disease, which is said to be caused by an inflammatory response to bacteria in the mouth.”

November 24: Flavonoids Ward off Colon Cancer
http://www.endonurse.com/hotnews/flavonoids-ward-off-colon-cancer.html
“A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, tea, chocolate and red wine may provide overweight men and normal weight women some protection from colon and rectal cancers, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Cancer.”

November 25: Antifibrotic Effects of Green Tea
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091118101359.htm
“The researchers drew a conclusion that green tea may protect liver cells and reduce the deposition of collagen fibers in the liver. Green tea provides a safe and effective strategy for improving hepatic fibrosis.”

Herbal Extra:

November 17: Swine Flu Prevention with Herbal Teas
http://www.examiner.com/x-28889-DC-Alternative-Medicine-Examiner~y2009m11d17-Swine-flu-booster-may-be-needed-for-young-children-natural-remedies-for-swine-flu-vaccine-shortage
“Herbal therapy is also a safe and effective way to help prevent the flu, or treat an infection.  Chamomile tea is perfect for children as it has a sweet, apple-blossom taste, and antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and calming properties.  Peppermint tea helps fight an infection by stimulating the release of toxins through sweating.  Echinacea tea is particularly useful for defending the body from microbes.  Nettle tea is loaded with valuable nutrition that will help the body fight off disease.  All of these herbs are safe for children.”