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Health Benefits
Hardly a week goes by without more evidence of yet another research study confirming the health benefits of tea. Here's are some of our findings.


Green Tea Protects You From Dying From Serious Disease
If you drink black tea you will de-stress faster because your levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, will go down more quickly, say researchers from the University College London. This study applies only to black tea.

Tea could improve memory, study shows
Drinking regular cups of tea could help improve your memory, new research suggests. Results of laboratory tests by a team from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne found that green and black tea inhibit the activity of certain enzymes in the brain which are associated with memory

Green Tea And The 'Asian Paradox'
There is a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer in Asia where people smoke heavily, which may be accounted for by high consumption of tea, particularly green tea, according to a review article published by a Yale School of Medicine researcher.

Green Tea Extract Has Potential as Anti-Cancer Agent, According to UCLA Researchers
A study on bladder cancer cells lines showed that green tea extract has potential as an anti-cancer agent, proving for the first time that it is able to target cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone.

While on trail of dioxin, scientists pinpoint cancer target of green tea
Green tea appears to protect against cancer by affecting a "promiscuous" protein that pharmaceutical experts are already targeting in an effort to develop a new drug to stop the disease, scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found. The research, which buttresses beliefs about the health benefits of green tea with solid scientific evidence, has been cited as part of the best doctoral thesis produced by a student at the university's School of Medicine and Dentistry this year.

Tea can lower cholesterol
Green and black tea can lower human cholesterol levels, a study published yesterday shows. The scientists say their research proves that daily extracts of the teas can reduce cholesterol by up to 16 per cent. Their study, in China, is the first to show that tea can affect cholesterol levels in humans, after previous studies on animals.

Green tea can block cancer
Green tea's ability to fight cancer is even more potent and varied than scientists suspected, research suggests. Scientists already know that green tea contains anti-oxidants which may have a protective effect against cancer.

Green Tea Inhibits Cancer
Green tea is under a microscope by scientists seeking to determine any possible health benefits. Many of the investigations have looked at the disease-prevention properties of green tea polyphenols, its antioxidant compounds. In a study published in the March 1 Clinical Cancer Research, UAB researcher Santosh K. Katiyar, Ph.D., reported, "We discovered in test tube and in mouse studies that tea polyphenols have the ability to inhibit the growth of breast tumor cells and slow down their metastasis to other organs."

Green Tea May Prevent HIV Infection
A US and UK joint study suggests that drinking green tea may help to prevent HIV infection. The preliminary study is published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and was a joint project between the University of Sheffield, UK, and Baylor College of Medicine, in Texas, USA. The research team did test tube experiments on a green tea flavonoid called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and showed that it binds with CD4 immune system T-cell receptors and stops HIV from doing the same. One of the researchers, Professor Mike Williamson of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield said, "Our research shows that drinking green tea could reduce the risk of becoming infected by HIV, and could also slow down the spread of HIV."

Black Tea Really Does Help Alleviate Stress
If you are a regular green tea drinker your chances of dying from cardiovascular disease is probably 25% less than most other people who are not regular drinkers, according to a new study by scientists at Tohoku University, Japan.

Green tea shown to prevent prostate cancer
After a year's oral administration of green tea catechins (GTCs), only one man in a group of 32 at high risk for prostate cancer developed the disease, compared to nine out of 30 in a control, according to a team of Italian researchers from the University of Parma and University of Modena and Reggio Emilia led by Saverio Bettuzzi, Ph.D.

Suntory Finds That Oolong Tea-derived Polymerized Polyphenol Has Anti-obesity Effect
Suntory announced on May 22 that it has found a unique property of polymerized polyphenol derived from oolong tea. The company's R&D unit has confirmed that oolong-tea polymerized polyphenol demonstrates an anti-obesity effect in experiments with mice. Specifically, mice administered with a polymerized polyphenol-added high-fat and sugar diet showed the dose-dependent inhibition of weight and body fat.

Cup Of Green Tea To Keep The Bacteria Away
Beneficial effects of green tea have been known for millenia, particularly in Asian cultures. An ancient Chinese proverb says: "Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one". A cup of green tea contains up to 200 mg of catechins, whose biological activity has been mainly attributed to its antioxidant activity. Efficiency of green tea extract in oral hygiene has been known for centuries and this gave researchers a clue that antibacterial activity might be involved.

Effects Of Green Tea On Urinary Stone Formation: An In Vivo And In Vitro Study
UroToday.com - This is a fascinating study that may have clinical relevance. Using both an in vitro crystal model and an in vivo rat model, these authors were able to show that green tea resulted in a 30% decrease in crystal formation and a 15% decrease in oxalate concentration.

Green Tea Protects You From Dying From Serious Disease
If you drink black tea you will de-stress faster because your levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, will go down more quickly, say researchers from the University College London. This study applies only to black tea.

Green Tea May Help Prevent Autoimmune Diseases
Researchers studied an animal model for type I diabetes and primary Sjogren's Syndrome, which damages the glands that produce tears and saliva. They found significantly less salivary gland damage in a group treated with green tea extract, suggesting a reduction of the Sjogren's symptom commonly referred to as dry mouth. Dry mouth can also be caused by certain drugs, radiation and other diseases.

Drinking Tea Is Better For Health Than Plain Water
If you drink three or more cups of tea a day you might be doing your health more good than drinking plain water, say researchers from King's College, London, UK. This new study found, among other things, that the urban myth that tea dehydrates could not be further from the truth - tea hydrates as well as water does, say the researchers.

Green Tea Compound May Be A Therapy For Rheumatoid Arthritis
A new study from the University of Michigan Health System suggests that a compound in green tea may provide therapeutic benefits to people with rheumatoid arthritis. The study, presented April 29 at the Experimental Biology 2007 in Washington, D.C., looks at a potent anti-inflammatory compound derived from green tea. Researchers found that the compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) inhibited the production of several molecules in the immune system that contribute to inflammation and joint damage in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Tea Helps Treat Damaged Skin In Cancer Patients
Tea extracts work as an effective treatment for patients who suffer from damaged skin following radiation treatment for cancer. Researchers show that this might partly be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of tea. In a study published today in the open access journal BMC Medicine, researchers show that tea acts at the cellular level, by inhibiting inflammatory pathways, to reduce inflammation. They also show that tea extracts reduce the duration of radiation-induced skin damage by up to 10 days in patients who received radiation treatment.

Green Tea Consumption Associated With Reduced Mortality In Japanese Adults
Adults in Japan who consumed higher amounts of green tea had a lower risk of death due to all causes and due to cardiovascular disease, according to a study in the September issue of JAMA. But there was no link between green tea consumption and a reduced risk of death due to cancer.

Tea may help prevent diabetes and cataracts
Add another line to the list of benefits from drinking tea: New research in animals suggests that tea may be a simple, inexpensive means of preventing diabetes and its ensuing complications, including cataracts. The report, scheduled to appear in the May 4 print issue of the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, was published March 31 on the journal's Web site. ACS is the world's largest scientific society.

Factors Causing Cartilage, Bone Destruction In Arthritis Suppressed By Green Tea Compound
In rheumatoid arthritis, a person's own immune system attacks the joints by activating the synovial tissue that lines the body's movable joints, causing inflammation, swelling, pain and eventually erosion of the bone and cartilage and deformation of the joint. It is among the most debilitating forms of arthritis, often making difficult even the simplest of daily activities.

Black Tea Reduces Plaque, Resulting in Fewer Cavities
A recent Chicago College of Dentistry study showed that people who rinsed their mouths with black tea multiple times a day had less plaque buildup than those who rinsed with water. "Polyphenols in tea suppress the bacterial enzyme that triggers plaque accumulation," says Christine D. Wu, Ph.D., the lead study author. "Drinking tea a few times a day could have the same effect."

Component of green tea protects injured livers in mice
A new study investigating the effects of the major flavonoid component of green tea on hepatic steatosis (fatty liver) found that it significantly protected livers that suffered ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in mice. I/R injury, which is caused by decreased blood flow, can lead to complications after liver transplantation.

Two Cups Of Tea A Day Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk By 46%
Drinking tea lowers a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer, say researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. You can read about this new study in the December 12/26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine (JAMA).

Green tea component helps kill leukemia cells
Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered that a component in green tea helps kill cells of the most common leukemia in the United States. The research using laboratory cell cultures shows that a component of green tea known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) [epi-gallo-cat-ekin-3-gal-ate] helps kill leukemia cells by interrupting the communication signals they need to survive. The findings are reported in an early electronic article in the journal Blood (http://www.bloodjournal.org/cgi/reprint/2003-08-2763v1).

Working For a Future of Cancer Chemoprevention
Nowadays, a vial of blood taken by a family physician can sometimes forecast a person's risk of heart disease, and cholesterol-lowering drugs as well as a daily baby aspirin may be recommended to curb the threat. But in the future, a simple finger prick also may predict which cancers are destined to develop in an individual, years, even decades, down the road.

New Science-Based Guide To Natural Fat-Loss
Green and oolong tea extract: One of the antioxidants in green tea is EGCG, which beside possibly preventing cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes, can also cut down on the creation of body fat and help destroy it through increased oxidation. Studies show that supplements containing EGCG increase calorie-burning by up to 180 calories a day.



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