Health benefits of green tea

Thursday, January 07, 2010

I am a big fan of Dr. Andrew Weil. I admire and appreciate the work that he does in the field of integrative medicine as I think all those in the medical profession would benefit greatly from exposure to this approach to wellness. (See What is Integrative Medicine? for more details on this.)

I saw an article on Dr. Weil's website today that I really want to share. I credit Dr. Weil with introducing me (through his writing) to matcha (thank you Dr. Weil!) and I am grateful for that. What a wonderful tea in so many ways- flavor, health benefits, and in it's subtle way of making my mind quiet down and enjoy being present for the ritual that is preparing and drinking matcha.

Dr. Weil's article is entitled "My Life With Tea" and it is a quick read that just may inspire you to try something new!

"I have written about the health benefits of green tea for more than 30 years, and it is possible that in some small way I have helped this wonderful beverage become popular in the United States. I hope so, because today, thousands of scientific studies confirm what the ancient Chinese knew through simple observation - green tea is perhaps the most healthful beverage human beings can consume. Studies either strongly suggest or confirm that the antioxidants in green tea can reduce LDL cholesterol, promote fat burning, reduce the risk of several forms of cancer, and alleviate depression..."

I also really enjoyed the short video on "How To Get Into Tea" linked to the  article. It is about five minutes long and is helpful if you're new to drinking tea or feel overwhelmed by all of the many facets of the tea world.

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