Another 10 interesting facts about tea
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Studies that support the health benefits of tea drinking are constantly hitting the headlines. Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea?
The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times.
But today, scientific research in both Asia and the West is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea.
For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.
University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.
1. Caffeine is present in both tea and coffee, however functions differently. In coffee it's free flowing and immediately stimulates and affects the nervous system and cardiovascular system. These effects wear off in approximately 2 hours, after the caffeine has entered the body. In tea the caffeine is combined with other properties, hence it function differently, in a much milder form, and the release of caffeine is more gradual and effects last for up-to 6 hours.
2. Tea is rich in bioflavonoids, which improves immunity of the body.
3. Green tea stimulates renewal of endothelium (thin layer of cells which line the blood vessels).
4. A tea of weak concentration helps lower blood pressure.
5. Green tea is rich in polyphenols; one of the properties of these is catechins, which has not only anti-cancerous properties, but also blocks growth of tumours.
6. Green tea balances blood sugar levels.
7. Black tea contains catechins, which decreases chances of a blood clot occurring.
8. Because tea contains vitamin R, it stimulates blood flow in the smallest blood vessels.
9. Green tea opens up pores, increasing perspiration. Bio-chemists agree that green tea calms skin, and has special anti-inflammatory properties which are especially beneficial for sensitive skin.
10. Medium concentration tea decreases body temperature (during a fever). However, extremely concentrated tea has the opposite effects, of heightening body temperature.