By Theresa Shea and Mary Hammond, Tea Squares
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 9:00 AM CST
There are so many studies that involve tea. I like to look on mayoclinic.com to
see what might be brewing, so to speak, on tea studies. The good news… you can enjoy a cup for health AND pleasure. Here are some benefits they list:
Cancer: Research indicates that green tea may help prevent gastric, pancreatic bladder and ovarian cancers. There are special, water-soluble polyphenols, called catechins that are in green tea. Catechin is antioxidant that is easily oxidized. Black tea does not contain these tannins because the fermentation/oxidation process will reduce catechins in tea.
Cardiovascular disease: Research has shown that black and green tea may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, and green tea may lower cholesterol. One study revealed that green tea lowers total cholesterol and raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol in animals and people. One clinical study found suggested that polyphenols in green tea might block the intestinal absorption of cholesterol and promote its excretion from the body. A small study of male smokers revealed that green tea significantly reduced blood levels of harmful LDL cholesterol.
Dental health: Green tea destroys cavity-forming bacteria, and aids in preventing plaque from forming on the teeth.
This article was written and researched by Theresa Shea and Mary Hammond. Theresa and her husband, Greg, are tea lovers and owners of Tea Squares on Fountain Square Park in Bowling Green, KY. Mary is the Certified Herbalist at Tea Squares and is an educator of herbal practices, based on traditional folk medicine, indications of historical uses of herbs and scientific information. To have your tea, tisane and herbal questions answered, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.