Monday, April 14, 2008

Health Benefits from Tea

This is from Newswise, the journalists'-only website. What the FertilityBitch finds interesting is that tea supplements do not seem to provide the same benefits that drinking tea does. If you see our kitchen counter, it's full of jars of fermenting kombucha, kimchi, and some of Chang's chickens boiling on the stove to make a minteral rich broth. Our son has recently discovered he really likes bone marrow, so we scrape it out of the chicken bones. I think the word of the day is MICRONUTRIENTS. As much as scientists try to isolate, synthesize, etc., no one really knows all of the cool particles and things that make up food, so while we DO take supplements, we try to get as much from food as possible.

It seems, for e.g., that while you can take capsules of probiotics, if you eat kimchi, you get the good little critters already bathed in lactic acid, which is the correct pH for them, plus enzymes, plus all the cancer-fighting stuff from cabbage, PLUS, the naturally occurring strain of lactobacilli in cabbage, l. plantarum is incredibly hardy. Plus, it's delicious. MAN FERTILITY and I just ate a load of kimchi chigae last night. There you go.


Newswise — Tea drinkers who opt for black, oolong, green or white teas may find that these beverages offer health benefits. The April issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers what is -- and isn’t -- known about the health effects of drinking tea.

Black, oolong, green or white teas have a common origin. Each is produced from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. The leaves are loaded with flavonoids and other polyphenols that work as antioxidants, possibly lowering the risk of some diseases.

While numerous studies have found possible benefits, the actual benefits of drinking tea are not certain. Most research about tea’s benefits is based on population (epidemiological) studies. Findings are limited because factors other than tea consumption could influence the results. Here’s some of what’s known about tea’s potential benefits:

Cardiovascular: It’s still uncertain if drinking tea over long periods might positively affect cholesterol levels, blood pressure and atherosclerosis. There’s some early evidence that regularly drinking green tea may reduce heart attack risk or atherosclerosis. There’s conflicting evidence on black tea consumption and heart attack risk reduction.

Cancer: It’s still unknown whether regular black tea consumption influences cancer rates. Early lab tests with white tea indicate it may protect against colon cancer in particular. So far, well-designed studies haven’t proven this.

Bone and joint health: Early laboratory research indicates green tea could be beneficial in reducing inflammation related to arthritis and slowing cartilage breakdown. Some early data indicate that regular tea consumption might improve bone mineral density in older women.

Memory: Studies are limited, but a recent one found that older adults in Japan who drank green tea daily showed less risk of memory difficulty, compared with those who didn’t drink tea regularly.

While there’s still much to learn about tea’s health benefits, the potential benefits seem to be in the cup, not in supplements or tea extract capsules. So far, there’s no certainty that the compounds in supplements are the same ones in tea, and even less certainty that these supplements might provide the same potential health benefits as tea.


Sudipta Das said...
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Sudipta Das said...

Hello Carolyn
on this issue I am fully agree with you. but If we want to combat against a dreadful disease like

cancer we need a comprehensive knowledge of the cancer symptoms that can lead to the

infliction of the disease which would help us to nullify its consequences at the elementary level.

thank you

sudipta das

Dr.Gray said...

If you are looking for any health benefits from tea you really need to get some high quality loose leaf tea or powder tea. Tea bags just offer nothing in the way of nutrition. I usually get my tea here - tea

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