A new study shows that, for women but not men, drinking tea can lead to epigenetic changes. Epigenetic changes are chemical modifications that turn our genes on or off. Environmental factors and daily habits can lead to such changes. When it comes to drinking tea, research suggests a connection between tea consumption by women and epigenetic changes in genes that are known to interact with cancer and estrogen metabolism. More research is needed to understand the implications, but other studies have linked both green and black tea to a range of health benefits in men as well as in women. Tea contains compounds called polyphenols, which may help to protect against some types of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. Keep in mind that tea can interfere with the absorption of iron, so it may be best to drink it between meals. Eat a nutritious diet, get regular exercise and enough sleep, limit your alcohol consumption, and don’t smoke!
Source: Tea and coffee consumption in relation to DNA methylation in four European cohorts.
“A cup of tea would restore my normality.” Douglas Adams