Another Win For Us Tea Drinking Old Ladies: It Prevents Ovian Cancer
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
As a lifetime big time tea drinker who drinks cups and cups of tea while babbling away at this blog, it pleases me immensely to hear this good news: tea drinking protects women from ovian cancer. I have had my ovaries operated on when only 13 years old and my doctor told me to consume vast quantities of tea to ease the pain and so, he was right. I still have both ovaries and lots of tea kettles and tea cups and tea cozies. Would you like one or two lumps of sugar?
Swedish researchers have found tantalizing but far-from-conclusive evidence that drinking a couple of cups of tea every day might help reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer.My mother's godmother who was born at the beginning of the Civil War always had high tea time. She would sup her tea under the verandah, surrounded by her beloved wild birds with the California jay being the most audacious of the tea drinkers. The birds would perch on the lip of the cup and splash tea all over us with their bills. Then they would take the nuts and fly off to the mulberry tree and jay-jay-jay at us.
The study involved 61,057 Swedish women who answered a questionnaire about their diets and then were tracked for an average of 15 years through 2004.
During that time, 301 women developed ovarian cancer. Those who reported drinking two or more cups of tea a day were 46 percent less likely to develop the disease than women who drank no tea. Drinking less than two cups also appeared to help, but not as much.
The researchers did not break out the results by tea types, but most of the tea drinkers consumed black tea. Both black and green tea contain polyphenols — substances thought to block cell damage that can lead to cancer.
I am very happy I was surrounded by tea drinkers so drinking it was a natural thing. I collect tea and have many varieties as well as from various countries. Nothing is more wonderful than to participate in a proper Japanese tea ceremony. Drinking Chinese tea while eating peaches is also spiritually pleasing. Sitting on the deck, watching the clouds seethe about the mountains while sipping tea is highly recommended.
So is drinking wine, heh. But not five cups a day. As a five+ a day tea drinker, I assume my ovaries which caused endless problems back when I was very young (that, a long story, not pleasant) will be hearty and hale when I read 105 years like my mother's godmother, at this rate.
Or maybe not. Next week they will probably come out with a study showing bloggers don't live long because we annoy our readers to death. Argh. Oh well. Rock and hard place and all that. Time for another cup of tea.
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