Thank you, Dr. Weil, for calling our attention to the health benefits of green tea once again. His terrific post identifies three important attributes (quoted verbatim below) of this wonderful, healthy brew:
- High in antioxidants, which can promote stronger bones, lower cholesterol levels, and lower rates of heart disease and some types of cancer.
- A good source of EGCG, a polyphenol that may help to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, prevent cancer, and boost the immune system.
- Antibacterial – a 2008 study from Egypt suggests that drinking green tea enhances the effects of antibiotics, even against drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs.”
I have so much respect for this early adaptor of alternative/complementry medicine. If you’ll recall, he was one of the first Western-trained Harvard physicians who touted the value and importance of preventative medicine. I see him as the Father of Alternative Medicine in this country.
With anxiety at an all-time high, we could all benefit from his wisdom. Stress reeks havoc on our mind, body, and soul. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to turn that around by taking control of one’s health. It’s these simple changes that provide subtle and lasting changes in our health and wellness. So enjoy a few cups of delicious green tea each day. Your body, mind, and spirit will appreciate the effort. I’ve incorporated a tea ritual into each section of my day: morning, afternoon, and evening. By resteeping the same whole leaf teas throughout the day, my evening cup of tea is virtually caffeine free so there’s no concern about it impacting my sleep. Why not join me for a cup of tea right now?