The December 2013 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition included a supplement with series of peer-reviewed, authoritative articles on the health benefits of tea.
Though recently published in the AJCN supplement, much of the research was actually presented last September at the Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health. The symposium was organized by the Tea Council of the USA, a trade association of tea packers, importers and allied industries.
Twelve internationally renowned researchers contributed to the Journal supplement, including experts from USDA, National Institutes of Health, UCLA, University of Glasgow and University of L’Aquila, among others.
For those paleo folks among us, you’ll be happy to know, “Humans have been drinking tea for some 5,000 years, dating back to the Paleolithic period. Modern research is providing the proof that there are real health benefits to gain from enjoying this ancient beverage” said compendium editor Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Director, Antioxidants Research Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston.
So what did all the research reveal?
Tea is cited as helping prevent a range of chronic illnesses,
- including heart disease,
- certain types of cancer and
- type 2 diabetes.
As well as, helping to
- promote weight loss and the maintenance of a healthy weight,
- improve bone health, and
- activate areas of the brain that bolster attention, problem solving and mood.
To read the abstract of the individual studies, follow these links to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition articles on the relationship between tea and human health:
- Tea consumption and cardiovascular disease risk
- Interactions of black tea polyphenols with human gut microbiota: implications for gut and cardiovascular health
- Tea, flavonoids, and cardiovascular health: endothelial protection
- Cancer prevention by green tea: evidence from epidemiologic studies
- Does tea prevent cancer? Evidence from laboratory and human intervention studies
- Tea and flavonoids: where we are, where to go next
- Cellular targets for the beneficial actions of tea polyphenols
- Human studies on the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of tea polyphenols
- Tea and bone health: steps forward in translational nutrition