The medicinal benefits of tea have been recognised throughout Asia for millennia.  The first being Yan Di, who was also known as Emperor Shen Nong, the Holy Farmer in the Xia Dynasty (2737-2697 BC). According to legend, Yin Di was also known as the “God of Medicine” because of his intuitive ability to combine wild-crafted herbs and plants for their medicinal properties. One cool autumn afternoon, Yan Di was resting and boiling some water to drink when the 3 leaves from the Camellia Sinensis Tree blew into his bubbling pot. Tasting the elixir, Yan Di felt invigorated and had a sense of purification – as though the toxins in his body were magically evaporating.

The Emperor declared:

‘Tea gives vigour to the body, contentment to the mind and determination of purpose.’

 

Fortunately in the last few decades scientists have conducted research and confirmed the incredible health benefits some of which include: improved artery function, reduced risk for specific cancers, neuroprotective properties, reduced formation of free radicals, anti-anxiety, metabolic boosting, dental health and a lower risk of developing II Diabetes.

There are numerous articles on the web citing information about the health benefits of tea.  We have taken the time to research and refine some potent and credible points for you here.

 

Heart

‘The antioxidants in green, black, and oolong teas can help block the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (good) cholesterol and improve artery function.’

Source: Harvard Woman’s Health Watch, September 2004

http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/benefit_of_drinking_green_tea

‘A Dutch investigation of more than 800 men between 65 and 84 showed that drinking  between three and four cups tea a day – decreased risk of death from coronary heart disease by 58%. Another study showed that drinkers of one or more cups of black tea a day are 40% less likely to suffer a heart attack than non-drinkers.’

Source: American Journal of Epidemiology,  1999;149:162-167

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2723467/

‘Antioxidants called flavonoids, found in both green and black teas, are thought to help reduce blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and the amount of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol in the blood stream.’

Source: Preventive Medicine 2002

http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=104343

 

Cancer

‘Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.’

Source: Harvard Woman’s Health Watch, September 2004

http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/benefit_of_drinking_green_tea

‘We also saw them (chemical produced from tea digestion by gut enzymes) affecting the cancer cells, significantly slowing down their growth. Green tea has been used in Traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and what we have here provides the scientific evidence why it may be effective against some of the key diseases we face today.’

Source: Newcastle University, January 2011

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/item/protective-properties-of-green-tea-uncovered

‘Clinical studies in animals and test tubes suggest that polyphenols in green tea inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. In one study of 472 women with various stages of breast cancer, researchers found that women who drank the most green tea had the least spread of cancer. Researchers broke down the sample by age, they found that women under the age of 50 who consumed 3 or more cups of tea per day were 37% less likely to develop breast cancer compared to women who didn’t drink tea.’

Source: University of Maryland Medical Centre, July 31, 2013

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/green-tea

 

Mind

‘Regularly drinking green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia … polyphenols, present in black and green tea, possess neuroprotective properties, binding with the toxic compounds and protecting the brain cells.’

Source: Newcastle University, January 2011

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/item/protective-properties-of-green-tea-uncovered

 

Aging

‘Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals — damaging compounds in the body that change cells, damage DNA, and even cause cell death.’

Source: University of Maryland Medical Centre, July 31, 2013

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/green-tea