Green Tea - For What Ails Ye?
by: Jeremy Fleice
Green 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.
That is until Lipton came out with their own version of green tea (our own exclusive version of cold green tea recipe) and it is a no-cal version to boot. It looked great, and it was by Lipton, so maybe even worth a try.
That's all it took. Green tea has taken off in record volumes, but primarily as a cold drink.
So 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.
Not so 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?
It can 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.
The 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.
According 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.
Others 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.
So is 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.
Want our cold green tea recipe? Use it in good health!