Monday, April 28, 2003

Tea and Health

Usually I drink 5-6 big cups of tea every day. Many people have asked me about its benefits or hazards!. I believed that one day I would prove TEA is a useful thing . Now I can say: Yes it is! As Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports
Drinking tea appears to boost the immune system, perhaps helping people fight off or blunt the effect of infections. Non-tea drinkers who downed five to six small cups of black tea per day for two weeks appeared to be better able to fight off bacterial infections. As an explanation for tea's benefits, experiments in the lab revealed that an ingredient found in black, green, oolong and pekoe teas boosted the ability of immune system cells to attack a bacterial invader. The experiments used ethylamine, which is produced when the tea ingredient L-theanine is broken down in the liver. Previous research suggests that ethylamine, which is also found in vegetables and wine, may target other pathogens as well, including parasites, viruses, and perhaps tumors.
And in experiments with people, the researchers found that after drinking about 20 ounces of tea a day for two weeks, people's gamma delta T cells produced a wealth of anti-bacterial chemicals when exposed to bacteria. In contrast, people who drank coffee instead of tea during the study produced no disease-fighting proteins in response to bacteria.

This is Medicine.You can find supportive documents to show whatever you do is not harmful rather necessaray and recommendable!! Can we find any certain thing in Medicine? So never trust doctors who talk about certain facts about diseases. I think doctors only can suggest somethng but they cannot order anything.
(posted by Iman)

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