The Tea of Life
By Rebekah Anast - May 27, 2005
I've rediscovered Green Tea and a wealth of information about its health benefits, particulars of its preparation, and the various qualities available. I once met a couple that cut fine opals for a living. They were old hippies who lived in a junky trailer on the edge of a national forest out in the boonies. Twice a year they flew to China to buy opals and meet with Chinese businessmen who made gem-cutting equipment for them. When I was a newly married bride, my husband took me out to their property to meet them; he had a habit of making odd acquaintances. We sat in the smoke-filled living room of their rundown trailer and listened as they told wild stories and showed us several hundred thousand dollars worth of fine opal beads that they had been working on. The wife asked me if I'd like something to drink, and I hesitated, expecting her to open the fridge and toss me a beer. From behind the Formica countertop, she lifted a beautiful china pot and proceeded to make tea. Ten minutes later, she handed me a tiny china cup with steaming-hot Jasmine Green Tea. I had never tasted anything so fine in my whole life. Four years have passed since then, and I still have not succeeded in finding tea like that. A few months ago I began to search the internet for detox and weight-loss herbs, and rediscovered Green Tea. As I began to search, I found a wealth of information about the health benefits of Green Tea, the particulars of its preparation, and the various qualities available. The overwhelmingly dominant characteristic of Green Tea is its health benefit. So, not only is Green Tea a drink of refinement and beauty, it is a drink of health. You can practically name just about any disease, immune system malfunction, and mystery symptom, and the answer would be (at least in part): "Drink Green Tea." There is far too much information for me to list here, so I will only tempt you with a few of the health facts that I found. Green Tea is known to help the following conditions:
- Cancer: Daily consumption of Green Tea is effective, especially in preventing but also treating a wide variety of cancers, including, bladder, colon, esophagus, pancreas, skin, rectum, respiratory, and stomach. Topical administration of Green Tea both prevented and reduced skin tumors in one study. *Leukemia: One study showed that Green Tea prompted leukemia cells to die in eight of ten patient samples tested in the laboratory.
- Heart Disease: In Japan, researchers found that there were fewer incidents of heart disease among Green Tea drinkers. *Blood Pressure: Japanese scientists discovered that Green Tea significantly lowers blood pressure and protects against hypertension.
- Aging: Researchers believe that Green Tea may slow the effects of normal aging and its associated brain regression. According to their study, "daily intake of Green Tea catechins adds a measurable level of protection to the brain, helping shield it from irreversible damage due to cerebral ischemia and consequent neurological deficits." In other words, it will help you stay smart.
- Diabetes: Green Tea may help to normalize and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Some data suggests that Green Tea consumption prevents type II diabetes. In healthy human volunteers, Green Tea promoted healthy glucose metabolism. I have always struggled with low blood sugar, and since drinking Green Tea, my blood sugar has been completely stable.
- Arthritis: The antioxidants in Green Tea may also fight inflammation and help prevent arthritis. In one study, mice that were fed Green Tea were significantly less susceptible to development of induced arthritis.
- Weight loss: Green Tea is a natural detox and will help your body flush toxins that break loose with exercise. I drink a large glass of iced Green-Jasmine Tea after my daily walk and have noticed that I do not experience muscle soreness, and my weight loss is consistent.