Is Green Tea Worth all the Buzz?

OISHI GREEN TEA                           OSHI GREEN TEA:WIKIMEDIA COMMONS CC BY SA BY 3.0

I know what you must be thinking.  This is just another article to make you feel all warm and fuzzy about drinking green tea every day.  And to this I will give the diplomatic answer yes…and no.

The fact is, for countless of years there has been evidence of many benefits in drinking green tea.  Such benefits include: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits, and also a weight control benefit to some degree.  Recent research data shows that the health benefits we receive from drinking green tea, is very significant.

Most of us already know that green tea has been a part of the Chinese diet for many years… more than 3ooo years in fact.  I heard a short report on T.V. recently that there has yet been another study done on green tea recently that links it to cancer prevention in older women.  Researchers at Vanderbilt University, studied more than 69,000 older Chinese women over a decade.  The study produced evidence that those who drank green tea on a regular basis had a lower risk of  developing cancer of the digestive system…including the throat, stomach, and colon, than the women that didn’t.

According to the National Cancer Institute, there have been a few clinical trials done in the past to show that green tea can cut cancer risk, but all of the previous research have been inconsistent.  The researches of this new study acknowledged that none of the women smoked or drank alcohol regularly, and also there was data collected that included the women’s diet, weight, exercise, and medical history.

Since green tea drinkers tend to be more health conscious, some have suggested that green tea in itself may not be the reason for the decline in the cancer risk.

In my opinion, green tea is a soothing drink, has a great taste, and has many potential benefits even without that of a lower cancer risk.  Are you a green tea lover?  Given all of the possible benefits to drinking green tea, are you more, or less apt to drink it regularly?  I’d like to read your comments.  Until next time, healthy trails to you.

Carolyn

 

 

 

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