1. Fit to a Tea.Green Tea:Arthritis: Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) inhibits inflammation, bone erosion, andjoint damage from rheumatoid arthritis.Cancer: Populations that drink green tea have lower rates of cancer. EGCG combatsfree-radical cell damage and activates p57, a protein that protects healthy cells.Cholesterol: Lowers total cholesterol and raises good HDL cholesterol.Intestinal Inflammation: EGCG has potent anti-inflammatory properties that could helptreat inflammatory bowel disease.Liver Disease: Lowers risk of developing liver disorders in men. May also protect liveragainst damaging effects of alcohol.Sunburn: EGCG mitigates sunburn reaction. May protect against skin cancer.Black Tea:Bone Health: May increase bone mineral density.Cancer: May reduce risk of many cancers. Theaflavin-3’-monogallate (TF-2) acts as aCOX-2 inhibitor to suppress cancer cells.Cholesterol: Drinking five cups of black tea per day lowers total cholesterol and badLDL cholesterol.Heart Disease: Helps lower blood pressure. May reverse endothelial dysfunction; alsoreduces blood platelet activation. Adding milk to tea cancels the beneficial effect.Stress: Speeds recovery from stressful events, reducing levels of cortisol and diminishingblood platelet activation.Both:Brain Health: Catechins in both green and black tea (although more concentrated ingreen tea) protect against buildup of amyloid deposits, implicated in Alzheimer’s andother age-related neurodegenerative diseases.Diabetes: Improves glucose tolerance in borderline diabetics.Oral Health: Rich in fluoride, which protects against cavities. Theobromine found inteas appears to strengthen teeth and protect against cavities better than fluoride. Added tochewing gum, green tea extract protects gum tissue and stimulates salivary glands.Weight Control: Catchins stimulate thermogenesis, boosting fat metabolism and calorieexpenditure.