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Black Tea vs. Earl Grey

Bergamot oil contains a phytonutrient that may be beneficial.

September 7, 2009 |
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If you do prefer black tea, though, which is healthier, plain black tea, or Earl Gray?
The answer is Earl Gray, which has the added benefit of bergamot oil, the source of bergamottin, a phytonutrient that beat out two dozen other phytonutrients last year in a test of human stomach lining protection.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out theother videos on black tea. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on black tea. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • diet

    I have been a vegan for 4-1/2 months. My main health issues have been gout, which I have taken meds for for over 4 years, and also ED.I still take the gout meds, and my condition has worsened. I still have ED where pills no longer work. Remedies for gout say to stay away from dark green vegies,i.e.broccoli, spinich,etc. These are high in purine. I have been told that once the fat leaves my body, the high purine vegies will not cause a problem. I have lost 31#, with about another 10 to go. Will I be getting relief from either gout or ED?

    • Bruce Gray

      old post, but in case anyone else is wondering, rapid weight loss can releaase a lot of urate crystals from tissue, thereby causing gout attacks. before changing your diet or going on a Calorie deficit diet, gout sufferers should discuss with their doctor. often medication (allopurinol) has to be elevated and colchicine taken prophylactically. whatever the case, losing excess fat will only help gout sufferers in the long run.

  • Narrativeart

     I read on an internet search that Women who consume large amounts of tea have increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis,The source they claim is from :European League Against Rheumatism
    I have been drinking tea my whole life and I do suffer from Arthritis realted to Crohn’s. RA runs in one side of my family. I really love my tea and I would hate to ever have to give it up, do you think that this reserch that I found is true?

  • Oscar

    Which tea can I drink to lower high blood pressure ?