Thursday, December 02, 2004

U.S. government (NCI) study on tea and cancer prevention

The National Cancer Institute, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has on its website a Fact Sheet about tea and cancer prevention. It states, among other things, that "studies have shown tea catechins act as powerful inhibitors of cancer growth in several ways" and that "green tea contains higher levels of antioxidants [catechins] than black tea."

Many of the studies mentioned are still ongoing, and in a sense, scientific research into the reasons for the benefits of green tea have only just begun. But there is plenty of evidence out there, so we may as well get a head start on everyone else. And because Mellow Monk buys its teas from certified ecologically friendly farms in Japan, it's even healthier than teas from giant corporate farms that use all sorts of pesticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers and whatnot--not only to improve yields, but also because such large, corporate tea farms are located where labor is cheap and tax laws are advantageous--in other words, in places where the climate and soil conditions are not naturally conducive to growing wholesome green tea.

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