Though not yet fully understood,
the health benefits of white and green tea appear to be substantial.
In 1994, a paper published in the Journal of the National Cancer
Institute revealed that Chinese women who drank green tea had
a 60% lower risk of esophageal cancer, a very common and deadly
cancer in China.
And at the University of Purdue
scientists reported that green tea reduced the growth of cancer
And at the University of Kansas
scientists reported that EGCG was twice as powerful an anti-oxidant
as resveratrol, the protective substance in red wine that lowers
risk for cardiac disease.
Finally, in 2004 Pace University
scientists concluded that white tea could help the body's immune
Researchers are just beginning
to understand and appreciate the health-promoting benefits of
polyphenols, like those found in white and green tea, but while
we wait for additional studies and more information about the
specific mechanisms by which white and green tea impart their
beneficial effects, it can't hurt to drink 1-2 cups of white
or green tea daily, especially in the morning so that the mild
dose of caffeine found in these teas has a chance to wear off
by the end of the day.
Play it safe and add white or
green tea to your defensive arsenal. Live long and prosper, healthfully.