drinking tea is good for you

25 01 2007

In the news, researchers have shown that milk cancels some of the health benefits of drinking tea.  Where I live, that’s not an issue, because I don’t know anybody that puts milk in their tea.  We usually drink iced, sweet tea.  Here’s an excerpt of the article :

Drinking tea can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke but only if milk is not added to the brew, German scientists said on Tuesday.

Research has shown that tea improves blood flow and the ability of the arteries to relax but researchers at the Charite Hospital at the University of Berlin in Mitte found milk eliminates the protective effect against cardiovascular disease. …

Black tea significantly improved blood flow compared to drinking water but adding milk blunted the effect of the tea.

“We found that, whereas drinking tea significantly increased the ability of the artery to relax and expand to accommodate increased blood flow compared with drinking water, the addition of milk completely prevents the biological effect,” said Dr Mario Lorenz, a molecular biologist and co-author of the study.

To sum up the benefits of tea mentioned in this article : it reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, improves blood flow and helps the arteries relax, protects against cardiovascular disease and cancer, and has an anti-tumor effect.  This is also very fortunate, because I really enjoy drinking tea.

From what I’ve heard, people in the East take tea drinking much more seriously than we do.  They are more meticulous about how you make it and even how you drink it.  I remember hearing a Japanese proverb that struck me as odd :

If a man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. ~ Japanese proverb

I think that’s a little extreme, but it shows how important it is to them.  (I suspect that quote is really old…)

While I’m rambling on about tea, let me add that if you can acquire some Boh tea, it’s much better than Lipton and the other brands around here.  I get the “Cameronian Gold Blend” variety of Boh, and it is so fresh!  Each tea bag is individually sealed for freshness, and because I have a friend who brings it back from Malaysia when he goes there, it hasn’t been sitting on boats, trucks, and shelves for weeks.  I realize not everyone has this option, but even finding it in the stores or ordering it online would be better than standard fare here.  The taste is more pure and it stays fresh longer even after you make it.




One response

25 01 2007

One of the main reasons your tea is better than Lipton besides the freshness factor, is that Lipton tea bags have less tea in them than other brands like Luzianne, Tetley, Community, or even store brands like Wal-Mart’s Great Value. Next time you’re in a grocery store, check the number of ounces and you’ll see that Lipton charges more for less tea. Lipton has such a stronghold on the tea market, most people buy it because they don’t think they like anything else. With that kind of brand loyalty, they cut their net weight several years back and never really lost sales for it even though taste changed.

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