1. Initial study links tea to system defense

    jake on 2003.04.23
    at 07:09 pm is reporting that a study on the effects of drinking tea provides benefits to the immune system. Researchers found a substance in tea called L-theanine. This substance is involved in the production of gamma-delta T cells, the first line of defence in the body.

    "We worked out the molecular aspects of this tea component in the test tube and then tested it on a small number of people to see if it actually worked in human beings," said Bukowski. The results, he said, gave clear proof that five cups of tea a day sharpened the body's defenses against disease.

    There needs to be more research done on this topic. Why give the other group coffee, why not water, or nothing? Or use different levels of tea? Five cups a day is possible, but I don't know many people who actually have five cups.

    Either way, I'm glad I don't have to stop my tea addiction.

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    Comments (2)

    1. Brian said on 2003.04.23 at 11:01 pm

      or, in America

      Jake meant to say that in England tea leads to defence, but in America, it leads to defense. Subtle, eh?

    2. jake said on 2003.04.25 at 04:58 pm

      it's legal

      I changed it, but it can be either way according to the dictionary, ‘s’ is just more acceptable.

      Actually I was referring to the whole England thing anyway, they are associated with tea drinking quite a bit.

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