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June 01, 2007

5 Medicinal Benefits of Green Tea

By Mark Sisson


Last week the gang reviewed the basic varieties of tea. Tea is a naturally therapeutic beverage and I want to quickly highlight some of its important medicinal properties. Unlike many “herbal therapies” that I tend to be pretty leary of, tea has a well-documented multitude of health benefits. Though I do have a weakness for a morning cup of mud (but that’s between you and me), a daily cup of green tea is a wise habit to incorporate into your health regimen. I’ve been alternating between a glass of red and a cup of green tea with dinner lately for a well-rounded daily antioxidant boost.

Five excellent preventive benefits of green tea:

1. Cancer

2. Arthritis

3. Cardiovascular health

4. Immunity

5. A wide variety of other health issues

The pros: A handy reference

The cons: Mayo Clinic gives green tea a “ho-hum”

Never underestimate the lengths food companies will go to in order to tap into health trends:

Some days, I just have no response.

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Green Tea Health Benefits
7 years 5 months ago

Hi, recently I read that book titled Japanese women don’t get old or fat. I started doing some research and noticed there isn’t much information on it. I only found that one site….thanks for any help.

Ann Trenton
6 years 26 days ago
I’m a tea addict. I could never get through an entire day without a cup of freshly-brewed loose green tea. The smell alone is enough to make my mouth water and the delicious sensation of fresh hot tea sliding down my throat is something that I always take time to relish during my tea break. Green tea has tons of health benefits and is a great source of antioxidants. The ever increasing sale of green tea actually, is due to its ability to produce fat oxidation. This simply means that drinking green tea will act directly on your body to… Read more »
5 years 6 months ago

i drink a lot of green/black tea, but i’ve read that you shouldn’t drink ti with a meal because it inhibits absorption of certain vitamins/mineral. (ie. calcium and iron)
any comments?

Kim@ Blooming tea site
5 years 5 months ago

I’m a tea drinker as well, and it always great to read post regarding the health benefits of drinking tea regularly, I was a coffee drinker before, but switched to tea 2 years ago. But is tea bag has the same benefits?

4 years 6 months ago

Japanese products (such as the green tea kit-kat bar above) aren’t made to tap into the benefits of health trends.. they’re made because anything flavored with green tea is delicious.

4 years 5 months ago

Every tea has something healthy in it. That’s why I believe that it’s one of the most important parts of the Primal diet – it is not only delicious (and contains no calories) but also tremendously improves one’s health and sometimes even helps lose weight or control hunger. However, I prefer Pu-Erh tea, I think it tastes better than green tea.

4 years 4 months ago
I love tea, drink a few cups a day, green white redbush herbal etc etc. all great stuff. just wondering how it is primal? you need boiling water to make tea, did primal humans have access to this? guess it depends on what stage of primal human were basing it on…and maybe you don’t need boiling water as such just warmed up water…i make tea with water that has cooled down quite a bit (temperature unknown!),works fine. then you could say you just need a fire, but then why are we choosing to emulate post fire primals rather than pre… Read more »
3 years 7 months ago

I’m actually wondering the same as davida. It is said that green tea contains many Tannic acids which prevent essential minerals (iron, calcium etc) to be absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. However, I’ve also read that if you put a bit of milk in your green tea this will be resolved because the tannic acids can bind to the calcium in there and not to the minerals in your food or that are already present in the gastrointestinal tract.


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