New Research Provides Evidence That Tea May Have a Protective Effect Against Heart Disease and Cance
New York - NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Consuming 30-32oz of tea daily over a period of time -- the fluid equivalent of 2.5 cans of soda -- may reduce Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol levels by more than 10 percent and decrease the risk of DNA damage caused by smoking, according to new research published as a supplement in the October 2003 issue of the Journal of Nutrition. These and other studies, including government research utilizing emerging biomarkers of cardiovascular health, are included in the supplement titled Proceedings of the Third International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health: Role of Flavonoids in the Diet and provide further evidence of tea's disease-fighting potential in the areas of cardiovascular health and cancer.
"This collection of research calls attention, once again, to the potential for tea and possibly other flavonoid-rich beverages to contribute to healthful dietary patterns in a significant way," said Journal of Nutrition Supplement guest editor, Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Chief, Antioxidants Research Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston. "These studies further add to our understanding of the role that tea may play in protection against cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, including cancer caused by oxidative damage resulting from cigarette smoking. As scientific discoveries in this area continue, we hope to see new dietary recommendations reflect data about phytochemicals, including the flavonoids that are found in high concentration in tea."