Friday, February 20, 2009

Green tea and emails


Barry asked about green tea (see comments).

I hope it's saving the day, because I quit more than 40 years of my drug of choice, coffee, to move to the gentler world of camelia sinensis.

There is not much data, but the Mayo clinic study shows that one particular tea extract may slow the disease progression for some patients. 

Its benefits in Stage IV are anyone's guess. It can interfere with certain meds, but that is usually not a concern in CLL as those meds aren't often used to treat CLL.

I suspect that for a very few of us green tea may have very potent antileukemic effects, for some. its effects are mild, a few get worse, and for most, it doesn't hurt. Which is far better than  some of the treatments out there.

Tea trees may have high pesticide residues, so I only drink organic green tea, preferably from Japan. 

BTW, if you want to ask me a question, the best way is to email me at bkoffmanmd@gmail.com

A problem with the blog is that while I love your comments and welcome your questions, at least once you should email me so I can respond personally thereafter.

I can't give medical advice on the Internet,  but I can help explain your options and suggest what you might want to discuss with your doctors.  

Also I can recommend tea. 

I drink three pots a day Organic Superior Sencha. The tea is steeped at precisely 176 degrees for 75 seconds.

It has a rounded full taste with very little astringency, an almost floral scent, and a hint of peach. I use the same leaves for all three pots, and the third is almost as good as the first.

Wonderful. Alerting and calming at the same time.

You never knew I was a tea snob.

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3 Comments:

Blogger TomD said...

From epigallocatechin-3-gallate to TP53, what a strange trip we have gotten on by this hand of fate called CLL.

February 21, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger CLL SPOUSE said...

Three pots...176 degrees...75 seconds....
I am definitely impressed!

February 21, 2009 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger christyjames said...

Actually green tea is an wonderful remedy for making your health fit & perfect, if you have using ayurvedic its a added taste to drink so that green tea brand also increased in India, Thanks for this wonderful blog.
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September 15, 2015 at 2:14 AM  

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