The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Milk counteracts the favorable health effects of tea on heart disease

    Drinking tea has protective effects in people with heart disease. It works by exerting antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and vasodilating effects, which protect against cardiovascular diseases.

    Now we learn that mixing milk with the tea can offset these benefits.

    16 healthy women drank either freshly brewed black tea, or black tea with 10% skimmed milk, or boiled water as control. Compared with drinking water, drinking tea significantly increased the ability of the arteries to relax and expand in order to accommodate increased blood flow. The addition of milk completely prevented this biological effect.

    The bottom line?

    “It is important to bear in mind,” said Dr. Mario Lorenz, “that green tea is almost exclusively drunk without milk. So we are talking only about those countries and regions where black tea is consumed and where milk is added.”

    1/10/07 23:12 JR

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