Green Tea - For What Ails
by: Jeremy Fleice
tea - it's always been one of those things that we always knew was
there but never thought about buying. Green tea - even the
name doesn't sound good.
until Lipton came out with their own version of green tea (our own
exclusive version of cold green tea
it is a no-cal version to boot. It looked great, and it was
by Lipton, so maybe even worth a try.
all it took. Green tea has taken off in record volumes, but
primarily as a cold drink.
what's the deal with the medical claims? Green tea rumors
spread from mouth to mouth, over back yard fences and in tips to
everyone we know is sick. According to those rumors, green tea
prevents and cures cancer, will cure skin disease, prevent heart
disease, and maybe even cure the broken heart.
fast - maybe! According to the FDA, there is a small amount of
evidence that green tea may be beneficial as related to breast and
prostate cancer. That's all. Or is it?
reasonably be asserted
that the FDA really isn't a strong advocate of anything that isn't
produced by a drug company. In fact, only a small percent of
FDA research goes into the testing of natural substances and
nutritional aids. Their primary focus is on the claims of
manufacturers of expensive drugs. There's almost no money to
be found in tea and you can't patent a plant that has been around
for thousands of years.
reality however, is that there is much testing being done on green
tea outside of the FDA. Don't look for their stamp of approval
on it any time soon, but others are coming up with different
thoughts on green tea.
to JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), people
who drank 5 cups per day of green tea had a lower mortality rate
from ALL causes than those that drank less than one. A huge
study in Japan by Tohoku University followed over 40,000 people for
11 years to find that green tea drinkers had a 16% lower mortality
rate and a 26% lower rate of cardiovascular disease than those that
didn't drink it.
studies have concluded that green tea helps brain function, helps
lose weight, reduces plaque in arteries, lowers bad cholesterol and
improves good cholesterol, may help in the treatment of arthritis
and a reduction of inflammatory process.
green tea good for you? The results aren't complete yet and
the FDA won't be putting a stamp on claims for some time. But
the preliminary results are that green tea is probably a very good
thing to be introducing to your diet. What's for sure is that
unless you have a problem with caffeine, enriching your diet with a
steady stream of green tea won't hurt.
our cold green tea recipe?
Use it in good health!