Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Benefits of White Tea

I love to read this magazine called "Natural Awakenings" whenever I go to my chiropractor's office. It is loaded with healthy tips, news, recipes and much more, but this week I was reading about the benefits of white tea.

OK, I am probably a bit out of the loop, as I'm still finishing my bags of green tea, but after reading some of the benefits of this one I thought I would pass it on.

Professor Declan Naughton of Kingston University, in London, one of UK's leading specialists on inflammation states that white tea may help reduce the risk of inflammation that is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers, as well as wrinkles. I am thinking that it could also be a good thing for fibromyalgia sufferers too.

According to this article, the properties of white tea go beyond high levels of antioxidants to also block the activities of enzymes that break down elastin and collagen. The doctor explains that elastin is what supports the body's natural elasticity, which helps the lungs, arteries, ligaments and skin to function. It also is said to help body tissues repair wounds and stops skin from sagging (I wish I found this years ago). Collagen is a protein found in connective tissues, which is also key to skin strength and resiliency.

I figure I may as well give it a try, as it doesn't appear that there is anything to lose and much to gain. I don't like to run out and get everything that comes down the pike, but I do like a cup of tea now and then so I will be giving this one a whirl.

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