Teas for health purposes


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Teas for health purposes

Postby caseyblake_fan1 » Mar 14th, '08, 11:05

I was wondering if anyone uses teas for health reasons...prevention or cure.
I have a friend who is looking for teas to help prevent a staph (cellutis) infection (prevention him from getting it again) and teas to help diabetes...to help keep the sugar levels under control.
If anyone has any information that would be helpful I would greatly appreciate it!!
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Postby Sam. » Mar 14th, '08, 19:36

As many people have said here, tea is not any miracle cure for anything. As you've probably heard a million times, a healthy diet, moderate exercise and some time in the fresh air and sun is your best bet for keeping healthy. Tea just fits in well with these prescriptions. With that said, here's a little information I came across about the specific topics you brought up:

"Black and green tea represent a potentially inexpensive, nontoxic, and, in fact, pleasurable [blood-sugar-lowering] agent," the researchers write. "Tea may be a simple, inexpensive means of preventing or retarding human diabetes and the ensuing complications.

To get the same dose of tea given to the rats, a 143-pound person would have to drink 4.5 8-ounce cups of tea every day."

I can't find anything about staph infections and tea and I don't know very much about staph infections. Google does seem to have lots of information about using tea tree oil to treat staph infections though - you could take a look into that.

Edit: Source: http://diabetes.webmd.com/news/20050420 ... r-diabetes
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Postby Trey Winston » Mar 15th, '08, 06:10

It has been pretty well established that tea is not medicine. While teas contain antioxidants and fluoride, and have certain antibacterial and antiviral properties, the concentrations of the active substances are far to weak to have any therapeutical value. Real pharmaceuticals with proven track records are a better bet.
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Postby olivierco » Mar 15th, '08, 06:57

I drink tea because I like its taste. And the good thing is that you can drink tea as many times a day you want (no sugar, no fat).
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Postby MoGa » Mar 15th, '08, 08:55

Hello caseyblake_fan1

I'd be wary of latching onto tea and fixating on it as a miracle cure for anything, although there is no doubt that it is good for you and has many valuable health properties associated with it.

But that's perhaps the point, many foods have health properties. My view is that they work best when eaten/drank with other foods. What I mean by that is that rarely do the healthy properties of food work alone. For instance, if you wanted to take vitamin C, you're probably better off eating an orange rather than focusing entirely on just ingesting vitamin C through a supplement. This is because the white orange pith contains bioflavonoids which boost the action of vitamin C.

Green tea certainly has antibacterial properties (my husband is convinced it helps him ward off sore throats) but then so does wasabi, so does ginger, so does daikon, so does umeboshi, vinegar, miso and quite a few other foods common in the Japanese diet. If you go to Korea then you will probably have tea with kimchi, another food with powerful antibacterial properties. (The Koreans take 'medicinal food' very seriously, by the way).

Personally, I think it's best to eat a balanced diet. If you subscribe to the theories about food and health then you might like to try eating and learning about traditional foods, usually there's somewhere in the world where incidents of a particular health problem are particularly low... the diet of this region is usually the key reason. But you'd need to fully immerse yourself in this diet - taking out just one aspect of it rarely helps.

As I said, there are tons of foods with proven anti-bacterial properties. Nothing wrong with deciding which ones you like and having lots of them... green tea with kimchi and rice, tea sweetened with high grade manuka honey and ginger cake/ginger preserves, konbu kelp tea with lots of umeboshi, miso soup with daikon, Korean honey-ume tea or honey-yuja (or yuzu) tea. The list and combinations must be endless.

I hope your search for natural anti-bacterial remedies is pleasurable and not a chore.

(for diabetes you might like to look at buckwheat - both the noodles 'soba' and the tea - also called soba cha - or sobacha そば茶
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3279591.stm
Again, this would be just one of many potential foods to adopt in a diabetes managing diet)
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Postby Daughteroftheki... » Mar 15th, '08, 17:37

Casey - I know a number of people who've had success with the external application of Coconut Oil. Sometimes you can find it at wallyworld, but go online and you may find that the best deal is from amazondotcom. If your friend also wants to try adding the coconut oil to his/her diet (something to consider after visiting c.o. sites), Nutiva and Tropical Traditions are the best tasting.
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