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Health Claims Regarding Certain Teas Based on Research to Date

On the basis of research so far, some teas stand out in certain respects. Here is a tentative summary of the claims made based on research to date:

Digestion All kinds
Anti-bacterial All kinds, but not fully confirmed
Cancer prevention Green
Heart Oolong and Pu-erh for cholesterol,
Green and Oolong for blood vessels
Slimming Oolong and Pu-erh
Tooth care Green
All of the above; special emphasis on
Green to combat osteoporeosis


Whatever modern science finally concludes, the intuition and experience of ordinary people has certainly built tea a reputation as a healthgiver over the centuries.


– As described in the book, All the Tea in China
by Kit Chow & Ione Kramer (1990)