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As I noted the other day, it is difficult to find "legitimate" references online to tea and health benefits (including its positive effects on digestive health).
By trying a few different searches, I finally found the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website, which includes abstracts of tea-related studies and other excellent references to tea and health.
Another excellent resource is the University of Maryland Medical Center's Complementary Medicine webpage, which includes a bibliography of "scientific studies" regarding tea on health. Especially noteworthy are these references:
- Borrelli F, Capasso R, Russo A, Ernst E. Systematic review: green tea and gastrointestinal cancer risk. Aliment Pharmacol Ther Mar 1, 2004;19(5):497-510.
- Cooper R, Morre DJ, Morre DM. Medicinal benefits of green tea: Part I. Review of noncancer health benefits. J Altern Complement Med. 2005;11(3):521-8.
- Kimura K, Ozeki M, Juneja LR, Ohira H. L-Theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses. Biol Psychol. 2007;74(1):39-45.
- Koo SI, Noh SK. Green tea as inhibitor of the intestinal absorption of lipids: potential mechanism for its lipid-lowering effect. J Nutr Biochem. 2007;18(3):179-83.
- McKenna DJ, Hughes K, Jones K. Green tea monograph. Alt Ther. 2000;6(3):61-84.
- Sano T, Sasako M. Green tea and gastric cancer. N Engl J Med. 2001;344(9):675-676.
- Setiawan VW, Zhang ZF, Yu GP, et al. Protective effect of green tea on the risks of chronic gastritis and stomach cancer. Int J Cancer. 2001;92(4):600-604.