Ring in the New Year with Tea: Help to Lose Weight and Boost Immune System and Heart Health

- January is National Hot Tea Month -



26 Dec, 2005, 00:00 ET from Tea Council of the USA

    NEW YORK, Dec. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Perhaps it's no coincidence that January
 is National Hot Tea Month, a time when many people resolve to lose weight in
 the New Year.  Tea, which studies suggest may be associated with decreased
 risk of heart disease and cancer, may also help in the battle against the
 bulge.  A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
 suggests that substances in tea may promote weight loss by increasing the
 amount of energy spent by the body.  The researchers theorize that green tea,
 which has thermogenic properties that promote fat oxidation as a result of the
 catechins contained in tea, may work together with other chemicals to increase
 weight loss. This is potentially good news for the more than half of Americans
 who are either overweight or obese and want to begin the New Year by losing
 weight.
     In the study, healthy young men (average age: 25) ate a typical Western
 diet for six weeks and took either two green tea extracts (the equivalent of
 one cup of green tea) plus 50 milligrams of caffeine; 50 milligrams of
 caffeine only; or a placebo, with each of three meals a day.  Those men taking
 the green tea extracts, equivalent to a total of three cups of tea per day,
 experienced a significant increase in the number of calories used in a 24-hour
 period -- resulting in more fats being metabolized by the body for energy --
 than the men taking only the caffeine or the placebo.  There was no difference
 in overall calorie or fat burning calories in the caffeine or placebo groups;
 only the tea group showed the weight loss results.
     Another study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, suggests
 that tea catechins may help resist the development of obesity.  Japanese
 researchers compared the body weight and fat mass of mice that were fed a
 low-fat or high-fat diet, with swimming or not and with or without tea
 catechins.  Those mice that were fed a high-fat diet with tea catechins but
 without exercise showed reduced fat accumulation of 18 percent while exercise
 alone showed reduced fat accumulation of 14 percent.  Mice that exercised and
 consumed the catechins showed reduced fat accumulation of 33 percent.
     In addition to possibly helping our bodies look better on the outside, tea
 may also help our bodies on the inside. That's because black and green tea may
 help boost the body's immune system, which provides the body's natural ability
 to fight viral infections such as cold and flu.  Research reported in the
 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that people who drank 20
 ounces of black tea per day (the equivalent of approximately three cups)
 produced five times the amount of germ-fighting cells as those who drank
 coffee.  This suggests that tea drinkers may have a better chance of fighting
 off an infection than non-tea drinkers.
     "The evidence continues to mount associating tea consumption with reduced
 risk of heart disease and cancer, and healthy weight.  Indeed, it appears that
 tea may offer a powerhouse of disease-fighting potential," says Jenna
 Bell-Wilson, Ph.D., RD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Allied Medicine, The
 Ohio State University Medical Center.  "And knowing that the resolutions we're
 most likely to stick with beyond January are those that require small changes
 in behavior, it only makes good sense to choose a beverage like tea, which may
 give you this health boost, over something else."
     A multitude of research suggests that drinking tea should be included as
 part of a healthy diet and may contribute to overall health.  The most recent
 findings, published in the December 2005 issue of the Archives of Internal
 Medicine, showed that women who consumed two or more cups of tea daily over a
 period of time lowered their risk of ovarian cancer by 46% compared with women
 who never or seldom consumed tea. The study found that each additional cup of
 tea consumed per day was associated with an 18% lower risk of ovarian cancer.
 Other research connecting tea with potential health benefits include studies
 that suggest:
 
     * Cardiovascular health benefits, including reduced risk of heart attack,
       stroke and improved blood vessel function.
     * Reduced risk of certain cancers, including colorectal and skin cancers
     * Reduced levels of oxidative DNA damage and increases in antioxidant
       levels in blood stream
     * Oral health benefits, as researchers believe certain compounds in tea
       may inhibit bacteria that cause bad breath and plaque, and the fluoride
       content in tea supports healthy tooth enamel
 
     "January's National Hot Tea Month can serve as a reminder to do something
 healthy for ourselves, like brew a hot cup of tea, which may provide a variety
 of health benefits, serve as a weight loss aid and help to ward off persistent
 cold and flu germs," said Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the
 USA.  "What more could you ask for in a beverage."
 
     Contact: Barbara King / Melissa McAllister
              Pollock Communications, Inc.
              bking@pollock-pr.com / mmcallister@pollock-pr.com
              (646) 277-8707 / (646) 277-8711
 
 

SOURCE Tea Council of the USA
    NEW YORK, Dec. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Perhaps it's no coincidence that January
 is National Hot Tea Month, a time when many people resolve to lose weight in
 the New Year.  Tea, which studies suggest may be associated with decreased
 risk of heart disease and cancer, may also help in the battle against the
 bulge.  A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
 suggests that substances in tea may promote weight loss by increasing the
 amount of energy spent by the body.  The researchers theorize that green tea,
 which has thermogenic properties that promote fat oxidation as a result of the
 catechins contained in tea, may work together with other chemicals to increase
 weight loss. This is potentially good news for the more than half of Americans
 who are either overweight or obese and want to begin the New Year by losing
 weight.
     In the study, healthy young men (average age: 25) ate a typical Western
 diet for six weeks and took either two green tea extracts (the equivalent of
 one cup of green tea) plus 50 milligrams of caffeine; 50 milligrams of
 caffeine only; or a placebo, with each of three meals a day.  Those men taking
 the green tea extracts, equivalent to a total of three cups of tea per day,
 experienced a significant increase in the number of calories used in a 24-hour
 period -- resulting in more fats being metabolized by the body for energy --
 than the men taking only the caffeine or the placebo.  There was no difference
 in overall calorie or fat burning calories in the caffeine or placebo groups;
 only the tea group showed the weight loss results.
     Another study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, suggests
 that tea catechins may help resist the development of obesity.  Japanese
 researchers compared the body weight and fat mass of mice that were fed a
 low-fat or high-fat diet, with swimming or not and with or without tea
 catechins.  Those mice that were fed a high-fat diet with tea catechins but
 without exercise showed reduced fat accumulation of 18 percent while exercise
 alone showed reduced fat accumulation of 14 percent.  Mice that exercised and
 consumed the catechins showed reduced fat accumulation of 33 percent.
     In addition to possibly helping our bodies look better on the outside, tea
 may also help our bodies on the inside. That's because black and green tea may
 help boost the body's immune system, which provides the body's natural ability
 to fight viral infections such as cold and flu.  Research reported in the
 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that people who drank 20
 ounces of black tea per day (the equivalent of approximately three cups)
 produced five times the amount of germ-fighting cells as those who drank
 coffee.  This suggests that tea drinkers may have a better chance of fighting
 off an infection than non-tea drinkers.
     "The evidence continues to mount associating tea consumption with reduced
 risk of heart disease and cancer, and healthy weight.  Indeed, it appears that
 tea may offer a powerhouse of disease-fighting potential," says Jenna
 Bell-Wilson, Ph.D., RD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Allied Medicine, The
 Ohio State University Medical Center.  "And knowing that the resolutions we're
 most likely to stick with beyond January are those that require small changes
 in behavior, it only makes good sense to choose a beverage like tea, which may
 give you this health boost, over something else."
     A multitude of research suggests that drinking tea should be included as
 part of a healthy diet and may contribute to overall health.  The most recent
 findings, published in the December 2005 issue of the Archives of Internal
 Medicine, showed that women who consumed two or more cups of tea daily over a
 period of time lowered their risk of ovarian cancer by 46% compared with women
 who never or seldom consumed tea. The study found that each additional cup of
 tea consumed per day was associated with an 18% lower risk of ovarian cancer.
 Other research connecting tea with potential health benefits include studies
 that suggest:
 
     * Cardiovascular health benefits, including reduced risk of heart attack,
       stroke and improved blood vessel function.
     * Reduced risk of certain cancers, including colorectal and skin cancers
     * Reduced levels of oxidative DNA damage and increases in antioxidant
       levels in blood stream
     * Oral health benefits, as researchers believe certain compounds in tea
       may inhibit bacteria that cause bad breath and plaque, and the fluoride
       content in tea supports healthy tooth enamel
 
     "January's National Hot Tea Month can serve as a reminder to do something
 healthy for ourselves, like brew a hot cup of tea, which may provide a variety
 of health benefits, serve as a weight loss aid and help to ward off persistent
 cold and flu germs," said Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the
 USA.  "What more could you ask for in a beverage."
 
     Contact: Barbara King / Melissa McAllister
              Pollock Communications, Inc.
              bking@pollock-pr.com / mmcallister@pollock-pr.com
              (646) 277-8707 / (646) 277-8711
 
 SOURCE  Tea Council of the USA