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Black tea may beat diabetes

March 3, 2008  
Filed under Diabetes, Dietary

black-tea1.jpgCM NEWS, NHS news – “Scientists claim a cup of tea may help cure diabetes,” according to the Daily Mirror. The Daily Mirror and other news sources (BBC) report on research that found that some constituents of black (theaflavins and thearubigins) mimic the action of insulin in the body. For a long time green has been believed to have beneficial health properties and it is now suggested that black may also have some potential. Read more

Green tea may protect bladder from becoming inflamed

June 5, 2007  
Filed under Uncategorised

Science Daily Herbal agents could be used to treat inflammatory bladder diseases, according to a preliminary study that looked at the ability of green tea to protect bladder cells from inflammation. Read more

It’s official: Tea recognized as health product in Canada

May 29, 2007  
Filed under Dietary, TCM use & research

Tea Assn press release – Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) has deemed tea to be a natural health product and has officially recognized tea for its role in maintaining good health.

After a period of extensive review, the NHPD has approved three health claims for tea. All types of tea infusions (black, green and oolong) are recognized as a source of antioxidants for the maintenance of good health. tea is approved for increasing alertness. And tea is further accredited as helping to maintain and/or support cardiovascular health. Read more

Green tea protects against gallbladder cancer, bile stones

May 26, 2007  
Filed under Cancer

CM NEWS – Tea consumption might have been linked to reduced risks of gallbladder cancers and bile stones, although the mechanism is yet to be determined, a large study says.

In another post, green tea is reported to cut colon cancer risks by as much as 60%.

Biliary tract cancers, encompassing tumours of the gallbladder, extrahepatic bile ducts and ampulla of Vater, are rare but highly fatal malignancies. Apart from gallstones, etiologic factors for biliary tract cancer are not clearly defined. Read more

Green tea ‘may keep HIV at bay’

April 15, 2007  
Filed under Uncategorised

BBC – Drinking green tea could help in the fight against HIV, research suggests.

Scientists found a component called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) prevents HIV from binding to immune system cells by getting there first.

Once EGCG has bound to immune system cells there is no room for HIV to take hold in its usual fashion. Read more

Green tea cuts fatal illness risk

April 12, 2007  
Filed under Dietary

BBC – Drinking green tea can substantially cut the risk of dying from a range of illnesses, a Japanese study has found.

The research, which looked at over 40,000 people, found the risk of fatal cardiovascular disease was cut by more than a quarter.

But British heart experts said the benefits may be linked to the whole Japanese diet, which is healthier than that eaten in the west. Read more

Green tea, lingzhi mushroom limit invasiveness of breast cancer

March 4, 2007  
Filed under Cancer

lingzhi, ganoderma lucidum, breast cancerCM NEWS – The complex interaction of anti-canerous substances in mushroom Ganoderma lucidum (, 靈芝 in Chinese, or reishi in Japanese, picture) and green has been shown to suppress progression and invasiveness of metastatic breast cancers, according to a study done at the Research Laboratory, Methodist Research Institute, Indianapolis. Read more