In Praise of Tea
Posted by Gail | Filed under Gail Pleasures
I’m a huge tea fan. It’s one of the things I’m most likely to buy, along with books and plants. Keep your shoes. You can have the big clothes closet. Me, I’m a tea girl.
David’s Teas sends me a new catalogue and I salivate, literally. Last summer I discovered Blueberry Pie tea. OMG! Joy and happiness in a cup. I prolly drink 3-5 cups of tea a day, starting with caffeinated, heading to green and ending with decadence.
If I’m working my touchie off and I need a break, I brew a cuppa. Then I sit and sip. In the good weather, I sit on my front porch where I can watch the activity in my new front garden and sip. In cold weather, I’ll cuddle up on my couch with my ipod in my ears and sip. Sometimes I just need the steaming stimulation of a cuppa green tea to get right back to work.
Did you know that team of Chinese researchers have successfully shown that an organic chemical in green tea aids in the generation of brain cells, and benefits memory and spatial learning? The chemical is called EGCG, or epigallocatechin-3 gallate. It seems this chemical easily passes the blood-brain barrier to reach the functional parts of the brain. EGCG is an antioxidant, but the team believes it could also have a beneficial effect against age-related degenerative diseases.
In science-speak researchers said, “Human epidemiological data show that green tea consumption is inversely correlated with the incidence of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.”
Translation: drink some green tea and you’re less likely to lose your mind.
Tea is also said to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke because it may help to keep your arteries clog-free. In a five-year study from the Netherlands, there was a 70% reduced risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of black tea a day, compared to non-tea drinkers.
Tea also protects your bones (not from the milk you put in, thank heavens, since I drink mine “black”), bolsters your immune system, and helps keep you hydrated (never mind that old nonsense about caffeine being a diuretic, since that only counts if you drink more than 5 cups at one time!)
All the medical benefits aside, tea is one of my greatest indulgences. People come to my home and are offered tins from which to sniff and choose the tea that most appeals to them, from pomegranate green to strawberry ginger, walnut or northern lights organic (a personal favourite of mine.) And then there’s Blueberry Pie. Pure indulgence that’s actually good for me. I think I’ll go make a cup right now!