I was reading an interesting report in the World Tea News about the various studies that are currently being conducted to further document the health benefits of tea. Dr. Jeff Blumberg has been heading up the International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health which brings researchers from around the globe sharing their findings. The December issue of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition actually reports on 12 studies which all document the profound health benefits of tea.
“These new peer-reviewed papers add to the previously-published body of evidence that shows that tea can improve human health—both physically and psychologically,” added Blumberg. “Humans have been drinking tea for some 5,000 years, dating back to the Paleolithic period. Modern research is providing the proof that there are real health benefits to gain from enjoying this ancient beverage.”
So here’s my question for all of you. Why isn’t the FDA willing to accept and acknowledge the basic premise that tea has health benefits? What is the U.S. Tea Association doing toward that end? As we’ve seen over the years, tea companies continue to be sanctioned by the FDA for making claims about the health benefits of tea on their web sites. What do we, the tea drinkers and tea lovers in America, need to do to influence the decision makers at the FDA? How can we right this wrong and help to send this important health message to people around the country? You can hardly pick up a magazine without reading something about ways to improve your health. There’s not much that can be easier than shifting away from high sugar beverages and replacing it with TEA. Can’t we brainstorm together to get this done? I look forward to hearing some brilliant ideas from the T Ching community.