Finally, tea has achieved official recognition as a health aid! I know you have been reading our posts about the myriad health benefits of tea for quite some time, but now one country has finally stepped forward to make an official proclamation about the health status of tea. The Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD), Canada’s equivalent of the FDA for natural health products, has declared that tea promotes health. After doing their due diligence with extensive reviews of the scientific literature, the NHPD has approved 3 health claims for tea.

They have approved health claims for all types of teas, stating that they are all “recognized as a source of antioxidants for the maintenance of good health” (research shows, however, that the greatest abundance of antioxidants are contained in white and green tea). They have also approved the statements that “tea is approved for increasing alertness” and “is further credited as helping to maintain and/or support cardiovascular health.”

As more and more of us become concerned with easy and effective ways to help improve our health, it is becoming increasingly clear that tea is one of the best, in addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise. The public should rejoice that one country at least has decided to help their citizens cull through the many different products out there to show that tea stands out as a simple and commonly consumed health product.