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This is the sort of news I like to hear: An ordinary cup of tea may be a powerful infection fighter, a study suggests. Researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have found in tea a chemical that boosts the body's defense fivefold against disease.

They said the chemical primes immune system cells to attack bacteria, viruses and fungi and could, perhaps, be turned into a disease-fighting drug someday.

So, yay (again) for tea! However, there is a downside: "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.

Holy crap, that's a lot of tea!

Replies: 6 Confessions

Is not.

elavil @ 04/22/2003 08:42 AM CST

It is for me, I should have said. Usually I'll have two cups of black tea a day, sometimes with a mug of green after lunch -- on the "special occasions" (like deadline week) that I've had four, I'm wired to the point of insanity. Five might kill me. Perhaps I just need to build my tolerance.

amyc @ 04/22/2003 08:45 AM CST

Twinings makes a perfectly acceptable decaf black. Also I'm thinking 5 cups is probably those silly little 6oz cups, not a serious mug such as normal people drink.
I can drink green tea all day and not get over-buzzed, but then I've been a 6 cup a day tea drinker since I was 8. I expect my entire insides are well-tanned enough to turn into boots.

elavil @ 04/22/2003 09:22 AM CST

Tea helps you fight fungi? Perhaps you could drink enough tea to combat the common mushroom.

jima @ 04/22/2003 11:34 AM CST

Not a lot if you are a consumer of the fantastic southern iced sweet tea! mmmmmmmm

chelle @ 04/22/2003 12:58 PM CST

Depends on how you measure. A normal cooking "cup" is 8 fluid ounces (240 ml). A "cup" of hot caffenated beverage can also be 5 fluid ounces (150 ml). A "cup" that I drink tea out of is 12-14 fluid ounces (350-450 ml). So what kind of "cup" are they talking about?

Isn't Imperial measurement fun?

lightning @ 04/24/2003 08:27 PM CST

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