Book on health benefits of tea released on International Tea Day

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1st International Tea Day: Minister Patowary holds stakeholders meet

HT Correspondent

JORHAT, May 21: ‘Tea: A Wonder Drink for Health and Wellness,’ Tea Day a book considered first of its kind on tea and its health benefits, was released by state industries and commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary during a meeting with tea industry and Tea Board at Guwahati on the occasion of the first International Tea Day observed on Thursday.

The book is authored by Dr. Pradip Baruah, who has been associated with the tea industry for last 28 years.

He is presently the chief advisory officer of Tocklai Tea Research Institute (TTRI). The book is published by Tea Vision, an NGO formed to work for the well being of the tea industry.

Patowary stated that “as informed by the author Dr. Pradip Baruah, this book should be the first such compilation of various research findings worldwide on the health benefits of drinking tea. Each finding mentioned in this book is backed by related reference of the research carried out in that area. It creates awareness as to how drinking tea provides beneficial properties against various ailments.”

“This will also increase the consumption of tea. There is a reference in the book that the world’s fastest marathon runner of Kenya consumes tea in large quantity. I highly appreciate Bidyananda Barkakoty, president of Tea Vision and the and entire team of Tea Vision along with the author Dr Pradip Baruah for publishing such an important book on tea and health,” Patowary further said.

“This book is a review of the scientific papers on the chemical constituents, medicinal, therapeutic, wellness and nutritional values of tea, highlighting research findings across the world including some popular beliefs. The book is aimed at informing the readers about the enormous benefits of drinking tea for health and wellness” said Barkakoty.

“The medicinal and nutritional properties in tea give a boost to immunity, promote healthy life and reduces mortality. While drinking tea for its taste and enjoyment, people also take in many medicinal and therapeutic compounds in it which are beneficial to human body. A total of thirty beneficial properties of drinking tea have been found as indicated by scientific studies carried out across the world. These are all indicated in various scientific researches being carried out across the world, although further clinching proof on human trials is necessary on these aspects. The other topics covered in the book on tea and meditation, tea and aromatherapy, tea and detox, tea gastronomy, health benefits of different types of tea and tea seed oil etc should be of immense interest to the tea drinkers, researchers, common readers and tea industry as a whole around the world”, said Dr Pradip Baruah, the author.

The foreword of the book is written by Arup Kumar Dutta, a Padmashri awardee. The book is prefaced by messages from Dr. Kanwar Narain, director, ICMR – Regional Medical Research Centre, NE Region, Dibrugarh and by Dr. Satyajit Borah, vice president, Indian Medical Association, Assam State Branch.

Present in the interactive meeting were – Dr KK Dwivedi, commissioner & secretary, industries & commerce; Sanjio Kumar, executive director, Tea Board; Bidyananda Barkakoty, president, Tea Vision and adviser North Eastern Tea Association (NETA); Dr Pradip Baruah, author of the book & chief advisory officer, Tocklai Tea Research Institute (TTRI), Ramenlal Baishya, asst director, Tea Board; and Harsh Sutodiya, executive committee member, Tea Vision.

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