Tuesday, August 7, 2012


 “A great idea should always be left to steep like loose tea leaves in a teapot for a while to make sure that the tea will be strong enough and that the idea truly is a great one.” 
Green Tea benefits
Research shows that there is one kind of tea which can be up to 100 times more potent at blocking growth of cancer cells than another. 
While all tea (green, oolong or black) contains antioxidant compounds called catechins that protect against cancer (especially of the lung, breast, colon, stomach and skin) by neutralizing free radicals, green tea contains about 7 times more catechins than black tea. 

Green tea also has unique catechins that block an enzyme involved in breast, prostate and colon cancers. 
Green tea is 10 to 100 times stronger than black tea in blocking the growth of cancer cells. 
Catechins also prevent heart disease and stroke, primarily by defending against the harmful effects of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol.

I can drink tea until the cows come home and I love the atmosphere in tea-shops.- Zola Budd

Green Tea and The 'Asian Paradox'

There is a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer in Asia where people smoke heavily, which may be accounted for by high consumption of tea, particularly green tea, according to a review article published by a Yale School of Medicine researcher. 

"Our trouble is that we drink too much tea.  I see in this the slow revenge of the Orient, which has diverted the Yellow River down our throats."
~ J.B. Priestley
Bauer Sumpio, M.D., professor and Chief of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

"We do not yet have a full explanation for the 'Asian paradox,' which refers to the very low incidence of both heart disease and cancer in Asia, even though consumption of cigarettes is greater than in most other countries,"  "But we now have some theories." 

Sumpio, the lead author of the review in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, said he and his colleagues reviewed more than 100 experimental and clinical studies about green tea in writing the article. 

He said one theory is that the average 1.2 liters of green tea consumed daily by many people in Asia offers the anti-oxidant protective effects  EGCG.

EGCG also reduces the amount of platelet aggregation, regulates lipids, and promotes proliferation and migration of smooth muscle cells, which are all factors in reducing cardiovascular disease.
 Sumpio said other reports show that EGCG prevents growth of certain tumors.
Tea, according to studies, also can improve gastrointestinal function, alcohol metabolism, kidney, liver and pancreatic function, protect skin and eyes and alleviate arthritis.
Tea has been used in managing and preventing allergies, diabetes, bacterial and viral infections, cavities, reduce or cure diseases with an inflammatory component and improve neurologic and psychological health.

"More studies are necessary to fully elucidate and better understand green tea's method of action, particularly at the cellular level,"
  Sumpio said. "The evidence is strong that green tea consumption is a useful dietary habit to lower the risk for, as well as treat, a number of chronic diseases. Certainly, however, smoking cessation is the best way to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer."

Reference: Journal of the American College of Surgeons 202: 813-825 (May 2006) 

"Although my neighbors are all barbarians,
and you, you are a thousand miles away,
there are always two cups on my table." - Tang Dynasty

"A woman is like a tea bag, you can not tell how strong she is until you put it  in hot water."  -      Eleanor Roosevelt


  1. Hello Wan, wow! Great posting! Very informative, and I love the interesting, lively sayings.
    I smoke, thought not that much now, maybe 5 sticks a day.....
    I drink 5 to 6 cups of Chinese green tea without fail daily.....Incidentally, I drink mine cold. Once awhile, warm.
    My wife too drinks 3 to 5 cups a day.....

    And yes, its true about Chinese green tea helps prevents certain cancers.
    I did very discreetly enquire after someone has contacted cancer or passed on from cancer, and none was drinking green tea.
    Of course there those that have passed on even after drinking this green tea for years, but from another form of cancer.

    I am a senior citizen, wife too and both of us have normal blood pressure, no cholesterol problems, hardly get sick, maybe the odd cold once in 3 or 4 years......both of us strong believers in the health benefits of Chinese green tea.
    Have a nice day, and keep a song in your heart.

    1. Hi Lee, thank you so much. i really appreciate your input on green tea health benefits- very useful tips for me and my visitors.
      your strong recommendation and proof of tea values, encourages me to remain consistent as well increase my green tea intake.
      thanks again and have a wonderful day

    2. Hi Wan, Your topic is nice and your blog theme makes it superb. So for me your blog is out standing.
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    1. thanks julie for your sweet comments and have a nice day

  3. your posting is very good about green tea and asian paradox green tea

  4. i love green tea thanks for the information

  5. Sometimes I can't decide which brand to buy but sure your post has given me the needed infor. I am all in for green tea too.

    1. hi nava, i know you are health conscious. keep it up. have a nice day

  6. Hi Wan, how's ramadhan? I think this green tea is a good thirst quencher, esp for ramadhan..and by the way I love the photo of the teapot and tea pouring..classic!

    1. thanka dr jehanne- cute pic huh. green tea suits ramadhan best

  7. very informative post... thanks for sharing..

  8. long time i skip green tea and shift to pu er...need to start my green tea again

    1. hi rina, best choice is green tea for best health benefits

  9. Now my green tea will be minus the sugar and lime. Thanks this is very informative an a pleasure to read.
    I am hosting WTML All through August’12. Do send me your entries

    1. hi archana, greta hosting- yes, green tea is best by itself.

  10. Now all we need is a tea that reverses the affects of aging. Wrinkle removing tea. lol. Lovely picture of the teacup.

    1. hi jennie.. is this you? ha ha will check you out. have a nice day dear

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  12. I think am going yo replace my 2nd cup of tea in the morning with green tea !! Lovely post love the quotes especially the last one :)

  13. Wow! More information on tea. I love that quotes on tea you posted :)

  14. Lovely post especially those quotes and pictures!

    1. thank you, thank you dear. have a nice day

  15. Thank you for sharing information about green tea. Great informative post!

    1. hi ambreen, thank you for such sweet comment

  16. thanks ambteen, green tea is my top priority now

  17. Wah bagus info share nya ini.. Thanks..

  18. I am so happy I found this blog it has so many great tips and I WILL BE MAKING these tonight!
    Thank you for your help :)

  19. I love green tea! I like to buy from Sakae Sushi because I just love the fragrant smell of their green tea..

  20. thanks for sharing.

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