Drink to Your Heath: Green Tea

Should you be drinking green tea? It may be beneficial to your health. New research suggests that the body's ability to absorb green tea can help to slow the development of Alzheimer's and can protect against cancer. This research comes from the Medical Plant research Group team at the School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development at the University of Newcastle.

Dr. Ed Okello, the head of the research team said that, “What was really exciting about this study was that we found when green tea is digested by enzymes in the gut, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer's development than the undigested form of the tea. In addition to this, we also found the digested compounds had anti-cancer properties, significantly slowing down the growth of the tumor cells which we were using in our experiments."


Dr. Okello stress that while, “There are obviously many factors which together have an influence on diseases such as cancer and dementia - a good diet, plenty of exercise and a healthy lifestyle are all important. But I think it's fair to say that at least one cup of green tea every day may be good for you and I would certainly recommend it.” So if you are looking for an easy way to boost your health and cut your chances of developing certain diseases having a cup of green tea to your daily diet can be a good first step. It can help your digestion as well.

Resource: "In vitro protective effects of colon-available extract of Camellia sinensis (tea) against hydrogen peroxide and beta-amyloid (A(1-42)) induced cytotoxicity in differentiated PC12 cells." E J Okello, G J McDougall, S Kumar and C J Seal. Phytomedicine.


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