Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tea Drinkers Are Biologically 5 years younger

(pictured: Double Green Tea with Goji Berries and Pomegranate Juice)

If you don’t already drink green tea, this study gives you a good reason to start. According to researchers at the University of Hong Kong the consumption of tea is linked to longer telomeres. If you have read any of the Dr. Oz books you know what telomeres are and that longer is better. In case you haven’t read his books here is my interpretation of telomeres:

Telomeres are found at the end of your chromosomes. Each time the chromosome reproduces the telomere gets a little shorter. When the telomere is so short it can do longer do its job the chromosome commits suicide (apoptosis). It if doesn’t die it can mutate and that is the beginning of cancer.

The study found that those people that drink 3 cups of tea a day have telomeres that are longer than those that drank less than one cup a day. Green tea has more polyphenols (antioxidants) than black tea and should therefore be more beneficial. Yet another reason to drink your green tea everyday.

Regular multivitamin users also appear to have longer telomeres. This may make it easier to remember those multivitamins every morning.

I don’t know about any of you, but I made a big mug of green tea right after I read the linked abstract.

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