Article Dubs Camellia sinensis the Latest “Wonder Plant”

A recent editorial on Renal and Urology News reflects on the many “pharmacologically active” substances that mankind has discovered amongst “nature’s pharmacy,” including products such as quinine (antimalarial), penicillin (antibiotic), paclitaxel (chemotheraputic), and the like.  In reference to the recent Japanese study regarding green tea’s prostate cancer benefits that we covered previously, the article suggests that Camellia sinensis could be considered the latest “wonder plant:” 

The latest wonder plant may be tea, reportedly the second most widely consumed drink on the planet after water. Of the three types of tea—green, black, and oolong—the most hope is pinned on the green variety, which is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant… Green tea is a rich source of antioxidant compounds such as polyphenols… A substantial and growing body of research has examined the potential health benefits of brewed green tea or green tea extracts.

And the good news just keeps on coming!  With so much research and hype about tea these days, we’ll try and keep you posted on major, credible research studies as they become publicized.  Stay tuned!

March 17 2008 03:17 pm | Tea and Health

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