"Tea comforts the spirit, banishes passivity, lightens the body and adds sparkle to the eyes."
Shen Nong, Medicinal Herbs
4000 years ago the Chinese discovered the stimulating and detoxifying properties of tea. We in North America more recently have become aware of the health benefits associated with drinking tea.
Although the stimulating, diuretic and antibacterial properties of tea were recognized by Chinese medicine a very long time ago, it is only recently that modern science has confirmed these benefits. Because of its antioxidant effects, the health benefits of tea are arousing a lot of interest in the medical community, particularly in the areas of cancer prevention and the treatment of degenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Today, we no longer believe that tea is an elixir of immortality or has the mystical powers attributed to it by the Taoists of yore. However, it has virtues that contribute to longevity by stimulating heart function, strengthening the immune system and preventing cellular mutations.
The major beneficial properties attributed to tea include:
• It supports the heart system
• It activates circulation
• It helps detoxification and the elimination of toxins
• It fights hypertension
• It reduces fatigue
• It slows the aging process
• It helps prevent certain types of cancer
• It helps digestion
• It reduces cholesterol
• It balances body temperature
• It strengthens the immune system
• It enhances concentration
We are only just beginning to improve our understanding of the beneficial effects of tea. However, it is best to choose a tea according to taste and personal preference, giving first priority to sensory pleasure. Add in their powerful antioxidant and cancer fighting abilities, and you've got a fantastic, great tasting supplement. Truly, it appears all teas (particularly green and oolong teas) are the real deal when it comes to real, health-boosting benefits. Therefore, each tea represents a thousand remedies and a thousand pleasures. Enjoy!