“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD. Tufts University
After attending the Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea & Human Health in Washington DC last week, I am confident that the “good tea” word I am teaching is a benefit for all who make tea a part of their “life-style wellness program.” You respond OK, how do I do that? – well, it is very simple, drink 3-4 cups (8 oz. each) of green or black tea daily*. [Loose tea has been found to provide more health benefits, steeped and enjoyed without adding milk or sugar.] Just like this little lady to the right, no one will ever know the amount of the "healthiness" you are receiving from your cuppa tea! *I mention green or black tea because that is the tea used most in the reserach studies reported at the Symposium.
Were you aware that Tea is . . .
- Is not only one of the most ancient beverages, it is also one of the most researched.
- Black tea is the most consumed tea in the United States.
- The benefits of tea are often attributed to the phenolic compounds (flavonoids) (some of which are antioxidants). [Tea provides benefits beyond the content of antioxidants.
- Research suggests that tea can help reduce the risk of the most common chronic diseases associated with aging including heart disease, cancer, obesity, neurological decline, cognition, and osteoporosis.
- To receive the most oral benefit from tea it should not be consumed while very hot. Excessive heat is not beneficial for the mouth, throat, or esophagus.
The results of the research reported at the Symposium generally confirmed – while definitely more human specific research is necessary – that tea may be an aid to weight loss and maintenance as well as lessen the degree of heart, cancer, and osteoporosis diseases in humans. Specifically in the case of osteoporosis studies have shown that the polyphenols in green tea appear to provide bone-building benefits including improving bone formation and decreasing bone degradation.
While research on the effects of flavonoids on humans continues, it is known that tea is the greatest contributor of flavonoids in the American diet. “Scientific interest in flavonoids stems from the possibility that one or more flavonoids classes or compounds has beneficial effects in decreasing risks of chronic degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers, as well as for improving bone health, cognitive function and weight management.” [Flavonoids: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go – Foods, Databases and Labels, Johanna Dwyer DSc, RD.
All in all the day was an extremely valuable tool that provided me and many others more facts on the “What, Where, and How’s” of tea. In conclusion I am more certain than ever that tea should be your wellness beverage of choice. Tea is definitely good for you, especially when enjoyed without additives.
Here's to your next cuppa of wellness,
The Tea And Hat Lady