Delicious Jasmine Tea

Dear Readers,

  Drinking this good stuff can help you live well longer!

Drinking this good stuff can help you live well longer!

Do you want to live to be 100+ years of age? 

I certainly do.

However, I have a serious problem standing in my way: I have a fairly extensive family history of Alzheimer's and heart disease.  Many of us here in North America have similar stories of grandparents and parents who died from these conditions.

The good news is that among cultures that still eat traditional diets, such as the Okinawans (please click here for my review of The Okinawa Program), the scourge of Alzheimer's and heart disease is far less prevalent.  In their extensive research of Okinawa centenarians (elders living on the islands who were 100 years of age and older), the physician-authors of The Okinawa Program found that the overall rates of dementia (including Alzheimer's) were significantly lower than here in the United States.  The same held true for heart disease: 

It’s a well-known fact that most men in North America die from arterial disease, usually from diseased coronary arteries that lead to heart attack death. What is less well known is that coronary heart disease (CHD) is also the leading killer of North American women. Women have about a 50 percent chance of dying from heart disease, about ten times their risk of dying from breast cancer...Okinawans have 80 percent fewer heart attacks than North Americans do. And if Okinawans do suffer a heart attack, they are more than twice as likely to survive.

It would be simplistic to suggest that there's one magic bullet we can use to prevent getting devastating, chronic conditions such as Alzheimer's and heart disease. However, jasmine tea is a mainstay of the Okinawa diet, and I figure that drinking a few cups of tea a day is a pretty good place to start on my journey to enjoying a better health span.  My genetics don't exactly set me up for success, but hey--genetics only account for about one-third of our overall lifetime health, while other factors (like diet and lifestyle) make up the other two-thirds.  Jasmine tea (which The Okinawa Program especially recommends over other teas) contains high levels of flavonoids, which help cleanse the arteries:

Each cup of tea contains between 12 and 16 mg of flavonoids (and lignans), so even one cup a day theoretically should bring you some health benefits. The consumption among Okinawans is about three cups per day.

Furthermore, green tea gets a thumbs-up from the physician who is probably THE leading researcher in Alzheimer's disease today, Dr. Dale Bredesen.  As part of the strict dietary protocol described in his recent book The End of Alzheimer's, he writes:

There are many different types of tea, and these can offer a wonderful way to get your herbs, from turmeric to ashwangandha to bacopa. Also, green tea and black tea are fine while you are on the protocol.

Can I get you a cup of jasmine tea? I just made some in this pretty glass teapot, which is perfect for brewing my favorite brand of jasmine tea--just place about a tablespoon of tea leaves in the little strainer basket that comes with the teapot, pour hot water (heated to 180°F in my favorite hot water kettle) over them to fill the pot, and let steep 3-4 minutes.

Yours Truly,

Sarah

P.S.

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