Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health
benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal
benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat
everything from headaches to depression. In her book
Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor
states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at
least 4,000 years.
Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is
providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated
with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the
National Cancer Institute published the results of an
epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced
the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly
sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded
that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers
total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL)
cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.
To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which
drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
high cholesterol levels
impaired immune function
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