Does Tea Ward Off Disease?

Does Tea Ward Off Disease? by Tea Council of the USA

March 12, 2007

Hundreds of research studies, conducted over the last two decades, suggest that drinking tea can be included as part of a healthy diet and may contribute to overall health. Many observational studies conducted around the world have found that tea drinkers have a reduced risk of certain chronic diseases, including heart disease and some types of cancer. In addition, a substantial number of laboratory studies and a smaller number of pilot clinical studies also suggest that tea may have a beneficial impact on health.

In addition, leading international and U.S. public health organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, American Cancer Society and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the World Health Organization, support Tea's healthfulness.

The Tea Council of the USA, when communicating about the potential benefits of tea, always includes information about whether the studies we're reporting are clinical, laboratory or observational. Further, we only report on findings that have been published or accepted for publication in peer reviewed journals or have been reported at major scientific meetings.

What is currently missing from the literature is a body of large human clinical studies showing that drinking tea impacts measurable biomarkers for heart disease or cancer. However, we anticipate that the clinical research will evolve to support the observational and laboratory findings in the future. In the meantime, people should still feel good about drinking tea because it's an enjoyable beverage and the research to date certainly suggests that it may contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle.


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