What's in a Cup of Tea?

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According to a study funded by the National Tea Research Foundation of India the polyphenols in Black Tea reverse cancer-causing changes to the DNA of cells lining the mouth and so has a role to play in prevention of oral cancer. People with a precancerous condition termed oral leukoplakia can cut down on the risk of oral cancer by drinking black tea.

White Tea along with its anti-inflammatory effects also has germ-killing properties, according to Milton Schiffenbauer, PhD, and his team at Pace University in New York. They put white tea in several toothpastes and then placed the paste on germs in a lab. The toothpastes laced with white tea had increased germ-killing abilities and therefore may help oral health.

Another research study at Oregon State University in Corvallis suggests that White Tea extract the less processed tea can be just as effective as use of the prescription drug Sulindac in preventing colon tumors in a certain type of laboratory mouse that is genetically predisposed to cancer. White tea is left so close to its' natural state which means that it contains more polyphenols, the powerful anti-oxidant that fights and kills cancer-causing cells, more so than any other type of tea. White tea also contains much less caffeine per cup than green, oolong, or black tea. Despite the early days of White Tea research it is important to note that the polyphenols content has been shown to lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and fight fatigue.

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Oral Health - Healthy Bones to increase bone density - Lower Cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol (5 cups a day) -Stress Management, it speeds recovery of stressful situations due to reducing levels of cortisol and diminishing blood platelet activation - Heart Disease as it helps to lower blood pressure and without mill may reverse endothelial dysfunction and also reduces blood platelet activation. - Cancer risks may be reduced as Theaflavin-3'-monogallate(TF-2) acts as a COX-2 inhibitor to suppress cancer cells. Some scientists believe Black Tea can aid in preventing death after heart attacks when consumed regularly.