Following are excerpts from an article by Gina Roberts-Grey in the Oprah Magazine, July 2012 issue:
The Tea Rx. It can warm your soul or cool you off on a sweaty summer day – but did you know that tea can also prevent the formation of brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease? And that’s not all: A potful of research is showing how various brews can ward off pathogens, hypertensions, even cancer. Check out these four healing cups:
- Darjeeling. More than half the global population harbors a pathogen called H. pylori; 15-20 percent of those people develop ailments including ulcers, gastritis, and gastric cancer. But in a recent study, scientists found that various teas inhibit H. pylori – and that Darjeeling steeped for five minutes has the greatest effect. Just hold the milk; it can block the activity of compounds in the tea.
- Oolong/Green. According to a study of more than 1500 subjects, a half cup to two and a half cups daily of oolong tea or the more famous health star green tea can lower a person’s risk of hypertension by 46 percent. Oolong and green tea are rich in antioxidants that help control an enzyme that raises blood pressure.
- Black. Four antioxidant compounds (called theaflavins) found in black tea appear to protect the brain from disease in a very specific way. Last year a group of German researchers published findings stating that these compounds prevented the formation of senile plaques, which contribute to the development and progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Yerba Mate. In a 2011 study, scientists added yerba mate to petri dishes containing colon cancer cells. “Put simply, the cancer cells self-destructed.” says study author Elvira Gonzalez. “Caffeine-related compounds in the tea damaged their DNA.” More research is needed but Elvira is optimistic that yerba mate could help the body fend off colon cancer.
My comments: Drinking soda or sugar coffee drinks is extremely unhealthy and unnecessary for an enjoyable life. Switching to water and (unsweetened) tea as your default drinks is not a difficult habit to form and has many health benefits.
[Photo of my favorite green tea by Twinings] Read more bits on healthy habits in my book, Dhinchak Life