Think Green, Drink Tea
be deprived of food for
three days, than tea for one.”- a Chinese proverb
The Chinese are known for their longevity and
the alternative medicines that make this possible. While the
pill-popping trend of the Western world is only resorting to
Oriental medicine now, the Chinese seem to have unlocked the
gateways to immortality more than 4,000 years ago.
East meets West in praise of green tea. In
1994, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published a
study on epidemiological cancer suggesting that green tea lowers
risk of esophageal cancer by 60 percent in Chinese men and
women. Until recently, researchers at the University of Purdue
concluded that green tea actually inhibits the growth of certain
cancer cells, while keeping the balance of good and bad
The secret is in green tea's richness in
catechin polyphenols, specifically epigallocatechin gallate
(EGCG). A potent antioxidant, it destroys cancer cells without
harming healthy tissue because it prevents abnormal blood
clotting. Blood clots, or thromboses, are the leading cause of
heart attacks and stroke.
Apart from preventing cancer and high
cholesterol, green tea is also good for rheumatoid arthritis,
cardiovascular disease, infection, impaired immune function and
even tooth decay.
The only known negative effect of tea is
insomnia, because it also has caffeine. But:
So the next time you think of coffee,
drink green tea instead.