Tea has so many health benefits it could be considered a nutritional supplement

TeaCouldBeASupplementIf you’re a soda-pop drinker, switching to tea could likely be the most beneficial health step you could ever take. On the flip side, if you already have a fairly healthy diet and take dietary supplements regularly, you may want to consider adding tea to your regimen.

So says 5,000 years of history—now backed by a summary report from a large scientific meeting on the health benefits of tea. The report is a summary of presentations from world-renowned scientists who participated in the Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health, held at USDA in September 2012.

The December 2013 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition featured 12 new articles about the relationship between tea and human health. Each paper is based on a presentation from one of the scientists at the symposium. The attendees represented numerous countries outside the U.S., including Italy, the U.K. and China. Not surprisingly there was a broad consensus regarding the health benefits of tea.

Highlights of some of the convincing reports published through the AJCN include the following five papers, each focusing on different research:

Tea Catechins are Cardio-protective

Study results published by Claudio Ferri, MD, University L’Aquila, Italy, found that black tea reduced blood pressure, and among hypertensive subjects, it helped counteract the negative effects of a high-fat meal on blood pressure and arterial blood flow.

Tea Leaf Polyphenols May Promote Weight Loss

Tea polyphenols and the caffeine content in tea increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation, providing benefits for achieving and maintaining an ideal body weight.

Tea Improves Mood, Alertness and Problem Solving

Results from new research found that drinking tea improved attention and allowed individuals to be more focused on the task at hand. In this placebo-controlled study, subjects who drank tea produced more accurate results during an attention task and also felt more alert than subjects drinking a placebo.

Tea May Reduce Risk for Some Cancers

Green tea polyphenols may play a role in arresting the progression of certain cancers. For example, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, supplementation with 600 mg/d green tea catechins reduced the progression of prostate cancer.

Tea Flavonoids Improve Bone Strength and Quality

New research suggests that polyphenols in green tea may help improve bone quality and strength through many proposed mechanisms. This is great news for millions around the world suffering from osteoporosis. In fact, one study found that tea drinking was associated with a 30% reduced risk in hip fractures among men and women over 50 years old.

 

Primary reference: Pollock Communications

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