Sunday, August 31, 2008

Green Tea Diet For Weight Loss

I will keep only the Chinese people's green tea experience for later on in my article. That's why I will skip the past and go to present days. Green Tea has a long history, but I am sure everyone is aware of it, and is already bored to death reading about it.
What is Green Tea Diet?
You may take green tea as a drink, pill or weight loss patch. A Green Tea Diet is the regular intake of green tea.
Health benefits of Green Tea Diet
Although green tea has been used for more than 4000 years in China for treating a wide variety of ailments, I will list some recent medical and scientific researches into the health benefits of green tea diet in short:
+ anti aging effect
+ refreshing effect
+ lowers high cholesterol levels
+ lowers blood sugar level
+ promotes dental health
Clinical tests have shown that Green Tea:
+ prevents cancer by inhibiting the growth of new cancer cells and killing existing ones + lowers high blood pressure and prevents hypertension + lowers risk of atherosclerosis + protects the heart and prevents cardiovascular disease + thins blood and prevents thrombosis, which is one of the causes of heart attacks and stroke
Green Tea Diet also helps you:
+ protect against Alzheimer's disease + prevent rheumatoid arthritis + improve insulin sensitivity in Type 2 Diabetes + improve immune system defenses to fight against viruses (such as flu) + promotes dental health
What makes green tea diet so special?
Green tea extract is one of the best antioxidants. It's all about the great antioxidant effect of the green tea extract.
Those free radicals are result from metabolism and have bad oxidative effect that can seriously damage your body cells. The antioxidant effect of green tea extract is due to the green tea flavonoid polyphenols (also called bioflavonoids) that protect your body sells from the damaging free radicals.
The super antioxidant - Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG)
The polyphenols EGCG antioxidant is the most powerful compound of green tea extract. It is 100 times more potent antioxidant than Vitamin C and E.
EGCG also may prevent thrombosis, which is one of the causes of heart attacks and stroke. Clinical tests have shown that EGCG inhibits the growth of new cancer cells and kills some existing ones without damaging the normal cells.
Green Tea weight loss
To get rid of fat you either need to lower you food intake (follow a diet plan), or increase your energy expenditure (do exercising).
That makes Green Tea Diet a very smart choice for all people who hate strict dieting, or are tired of starving, or everyday exercising. The green tea weight loss effect is due to the EGCG antioxidant that increases energy expenditure and accelerates fat burning.
Green tea weight loss diet is a great way for everyone to lose weight easily and naturally, without any negative side effects.

The Mad Hatter's Tea Natter

Alice strolled down a long winding lane
and saw the tea party of the mad hatter
three creatures drank tea right out in the rain
dormouse, march hare, and mad hatter having a natter.

Alice thought the behaviour of all was insane
the march hare and hatter continued to chatter
march hare and hatter seemed not to engage their brain
instead march hare continued to chat to the latter
whose hat was forced down and failing to drain
much more talk and his hat would only get flatter.

Alice suggested his hat would not regain
its shape while the rain continued to batter
wind, rain and hail caused Alice such pain
as the rain came down and continued to splatter
the hatter was upset because he was so vain
and his hat was broken and continued to tatter.

The hatter ate hot tarts so warmth he would gain
but Alice told him he would only get fatter
his good sense was lost as he went against the grain
to steal from a queen who might chop the head of a hatter
eating tarts he stole from the queen through her reign.

They moved 'round and knocked things that fell with a clatter
the teapot fell down and started to stain
and the tarts were spun 'round on their silver platter
the dormouse hid away from the noise and the rain
as rain fell down with pitter and patter.
The wind was so fast it blew over a vane Alice left for shelter away from the hatter from those that still would stay out on the plain and not have the common sense to stay in through the splatter. Alice and dormouse were the only ones sane and mad hatter threw tarts angrily at 'er.
Inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll. The dormouse in his teapot now slept through the chattery refrain as the other two argued and knocked dishes which did scatter they were hare brained and hat rained and fighting again. She went off to find some sheltered terrain away from the dormouse, the march hare and hatter.

The patience of Alice had seen too much strain from the chatter, the hatter, and the heavy rains' patter.
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Can Tea Help Prevent Food Poison?

Symptoms usually appear 8-16 hours after exposure to the bacteria, and can disrupt your life for a few days. While not usually life threatening, this common form of food poisoning can cause diarrhea, nausea, cramps and vomiting. One of them is Bacillus cereus.

There are dozens of variations of food poison, and none of them are pleasant.
Cooked rice that is improperly refrigerated is one of the most common carriers of bacillus cereus. The problem can be exacerbated by improper refrigeration, which just allows the spores to further grow. Bacillus cereus is usually caused by improper cooking.
Tea has far more anti-microbial properties than previously realized. It appears that tea's catechins may protect our bodies from bacteria like bacillus cereus. However, researchers are learning that there may be ways to protect our bodies from the ravages of such bacteria.
This study concluded that all eleven of the anti-oxidants evaluated contained anti-microbial properties. These anti-oxidants and infusions were evaluated to determine their anti-microbial activity against bacillus cereus. They also evaluated actual infusions of 36 commercial black, white, green and oolong teas, as well as herbal teas. One particular study reported by the UK Tea Council evaluated the anti-microbial activity of seven green tea catechins and four black tea theaflavins, both important anti-oxidants.
In fact, most of the compounds were more active than medicinal antibiotics such as tetracycline or vancomycin at comparable concentrations. The study also concluded that the brewed infusions of true tea that contained these catechins and theaflavins also had anti-microbial properties as well, particularly freshly brewed infusions. However, herbal brews did not have anti-microbial properties.
The presence of the anti-oxidants in tea may be enough to keep us from getting sick from these bacteria, or at least be sufficient to lessen their effects. If we consume tea on a regular basis, we may be able to ward off these harmful bacteria before they wreak havoc on our bodies. Well, it means that drinking tea can protect your body against certain harmful bacteria like bacillus cereus. So, just what does this mean to our real life?
This is likely just the tip of the iceberg. We already know that green tea prevents many serious illnesses, such as heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and some forms of cancer. And, if we've determined that it can kill bacteria such as bacillus cereus, then there's certainly potential that it can act as an anti-biotic against other harmful bacteria, as well.
Certainly it has been determined from this along with many other studies that tea is an important part of living a healthy life. In Japan, the medical community recognizes green tea as a known cancer preventative, and it's likely that medical communities in other countries will soon follow suit. This information, combined with the other studies that have shown green tea to be effective in preventing heart disease should be enough to convince us that drinking a few cups of green tea each day is a simple way to protect our health.
But, why is does it seem that so many of the positive findings are associated with green tea, and not black tea too? Well, it stems from the way the tea is processed. While the study noted here on the anti-microbial activity of tea didn't find a difference between the two, in most health studies green tea beats black tea every time.
Black tea is fermented during processing; green and white tea are far more powerful.
However, it is likely that researchers would find that white tea is just as healthful, since its anti-oxidants are preserved in their natural state, just like those in green tea. The research done so far has mostly been performed on green tea because it is much more widely consumed.
Scientists decided to back up this anecdotal evidence with research and the findings have been astonishing. Green tea first gained notice as a health preserver because of the much lower incidence of heart disease and cancer in Asian countries, where green tea is a staple.
Some studies have shown that administering green tea along with chemotherapy makes the chemotherapy more effective than when it is administered alone. Other studies have shown that green tea protects our health, there has also been evidence to suggest that green tea may even be effective as an alternative cancer treatment. In addition to evidence suggesting that green tea slows the growth of certain cancers.
It's amazing to think that something many of us have been drinking all our lives just for the taste could hold so much power to protect our health. As time goes on, and more studies are conducted on human subjects, we'll learn more definitive information about this wonder beverage. So, it appears that green tea may be one of the most promising natural health products we can consume.
Jon M. Stout is the Chairman of the Golden Moon Tea Company. Golden Moon Tea carefully selects the finest rare and orthodox teas, which are processed slowly and handcrafted with extreme care. At their website, you can learn more about their current
offerings, including their exceptional
green tea
, white tea, black tea, oolong tea (also known as wu-long and
wu long tea
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Tea Tree Oil

The Australian Tea Tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, is being used to produce an essential oil known as Tea Tree oil. The oil is usually extracted from the leaves and stems of the plants using a steam distillation process, and marketed as a natural healing agent for diverse uses. It is one of the more promising natural healing agents on the market today, with evidence from scientific studies to back up claims of its healing properties.
Among the benefits of tea tree oil is its ability to fight infectious agents: bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The fact that it has activity against these pathogens makes it ideal as a topical antiseptic for wounds, burns, acne, insect bites and localized infections. (Tea Tree oil may cause irritation to the skin if applied directly in concentrated form. As well, it should not be taken internally: its safety as an oral remedy has not been established.) It is recommended by alternative healing practitioners for fungal infections of the skin, hair, and nails, and it has also been used as a natural treatment for lice and mites.
Other Tea Tree oil uses include aromatherapy, and as an anti-inflammatory and an agent to clear the nasal passages in head colds. Rubbed on the skin, it is said to penetrate well and act as a painkiller. Scientific study has not yet verified the benefits of Tea Tree in all of these applications; however the antiseptic qualities of the oil are well documented, at least in the research laboratory setting.
This has become one of the top Tea Tree oil uses. This has become one of the top Tea Tree oil make it a good alternative healing remedy for fungal nail infections now contain the oil in various concentrations, sometimes combined with other essential oils or herbal extracts thought to have antifungal action. The antifungal benefits of Tea Tree oil make it a good alternative healing remedy for fungal nail infections now contain the oil in various concentrations, sometimes combined with other essential oils or herbal extracts thought to have antifungal action.
Most topical treatments for nail fungus infections are not very effective because they do not penetrate the nail to contact the fungus directly. One of the benefits of Tea Tree oil as a topical treatment applied to nails is that it seems to be able to penetrate the nail unusually well, working its way down through the layers of keratin until it reaches the fungus where it is growing near the nail bed. Other antifungal Tea Tree oil uses include topical treatment of skin infections such as ringworm and athlete's foot. It is truly a multipurpose first aid and natural treatment remedy.
R. Drysdale is a freelance writer with more than 25 years experience as a health care professional. She is a contributing editor to
Tea Tree Oil
, a blog dedicated to the treatment of fingernail and toenail fungus.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Tea in the Sahara -- Camel Trekking with a Nomad Guide in the Moroccan Sahara Desert

Morocco is a country that offers unparalleled diversity, a people that are naturally hospitable, warm and friendly and a culture that is rich, compelling and enduringly fascinating.
Sip mint tea with the desert nomads and sleep under a star-filled African sky. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the Berber people and witness the remarkable clarity of light over the ever-changing colours of the dunes. Tour Morocco and experience the tranquility of the Sahara at the traditional pace of desert life.
Stay in a small desert auberge (desert inn) on the edge of the Erg Chebbi sand sea, where you can safely wander into the immediate dunes without needing to hire a guide; these dunes are the highest in Morocco and climbing them is an exhilarating experience. Camel trekking in Morocco is, for many, the highlight of a Moroccan holiday.
Take an evening camel ride into the high desert dunes to watch the sun set across this incredible landscape or camel trek further, to a desert oasis, and spend the night in a nomad tented desert bivouac set amongst the palm trees; after a simple dinner enjoy the festive atmosphere created by nomad guides as they drum and sing traditional Berber songs.
In the heat of the day, as you sip a glass of sweet mint tea with a nomad family, gaze across a desert landscape and imagine the days when lucrative trans-Saharan camel caravans, thousands of camels strong, made the hazardous journey from the salt mines of Mali and Niger to the bustling souks of Marrakech. Travel with your camel and guide as men travelled for untold generations, across the soft curves of sandy dunes and the flatness of the black desert (hammada), as dust devils whirl and mirages shimmer in the distance. Is your desert fantasy to wander in the Sahara like a nomad?
As I walked out of the ‘World as I know it' and trekked with my nomad guide, I realized that my journey was in fact one of self-discovery. On that, my first extended camel trek, my days and nights were filled with the unexpected. I awoke in the night to a cacophony of snores and, switching on my torch, discovered that I had been joined by a herd of ‘snoring' goats. I have undertaken two extended camel treks and I remember, on one occasion, staying with a nomad family in a traditional brown wool homespun tent.
When travelling in the Moroccan Sahara I repeatedly heard the words ‘Incha Allah' (‘if God wills'). I experienced, first-hand, that the life of the desert nomad is one of surrender and acceptance: surrender to the elements and the events of daily life; acceptance of what is and what will be.
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I have no hesitation in recommending Morocco as a holiday destination and welcome the opportunity to introduce you to a country that continues to captivate and inspire me with its contrasts, colour and rich cultural heritage.

Green Tea And Some Of Its Benefits

Three to five cups of green tea a day can do you a lot of good.
Tea, especially green tea has long been known for its medicinal benefits. It helps digestion, boost metabolism and even wards off cancer and heart disease.
According to whether it is fermented or not, tea can be divided into 3 types:
green tea - not fermented;
oolong tea - partially fermented;
black tea - fermented.
While people may prefer black tea or oolong tea, green tea has more healthy benefits. As it's dried straight after picking, it keeps most of its valuable polyphenols while its cousins - black tea and oolong tea lose most of theirs in the process of fermentation. Green tea has a lot more polyphenols than black tea or oolong tea. What's the deal of those polyphenols things, you may wonder? They are known as powerful antioxidants, which remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals in the body's cells are very bad. They very unstable and tend to react negatively with other important molecules like DNA, causing malfunctions and injury on the cellular level. They produce destruction that may therefore pave the way for diseases like heart disease and cancer. Green tea contains rich polyphenols that play an active role in removing the free radicals from the body.
Studies show green tea drinkers have 50% lower risk of developing stomach or esophageal compared to non green tea drinkers. As a result, that can help lower blood pressure and reduce stress on the heart. Antioxidants in tea are also known to prevent death from second heart attack by helping blood vessels relax, thus blood can flow through more easily.
One final benefit of green tea drinking can help lose some weight. It's believed some of its polyphenols and caffeine work together to boost the body's metabolism, thus boost our energy burning system.
Generally, three to five cups a day is fairly enough for us to get its medical benefits. How much tea shall we drink?
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Miracles Of Tea Tree Oil For Skin And Hair Care

Tea tree, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA, native to Australia, is a tree or shrub with needle like leaves similar in appearance to cypress with heads of sessile pale flowers. The popular tea tree oil is derived from this tree. The aborigines of Australia have been known to have used the tea tree oil to treat a range of ailments from colds, sores to acne and even whooping cough.
Extensively used in aromatherapy, the leaves when crushed release essential oils of varying amounts and constituents. The oil is so potent that it can be diluted up to many times its volume and it still manages to retain its effectiveness all the same. Although the benefits of tea tree oil are numerous, for beauty treatments, it's been found effective in skin and hair care. The following sections describe the uses of Tea Tree Oil for skin care and hair care.
Tea tree oil for skin care
You can use tea tree oil to cure sunburns, diaper rash, toenail infections and problems of smelly feet. Tea tree oil has been used effectively to treat acne, abscess, athlete's foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, insect bites, oily skin, rashes, spots, warts and wounds.
Tea tree oil for hair care
Add a few drops in pet shampoo/bath helps keep tics and rashes at bay.
Other benefits of tea tree oil
Fed-up with allopathic medicines? Packets of antibiotics that have gone down your throat seem to be of no use? The only things you find they have lightened are your pockets? Well, don't panic, help is at hand, Tea Tree oil can be used to treat a variety of medical problems. A great remedy to soothe your sinuses; dab a drop of tea tree oil around your nose can help clear up blocked sinuses.
Add a few drops in a steam bath or vaporizer and inhale, a great relief for persistent colds and cough. Regular use of tea tree oil has been found to be effective in treating Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, cough, sinusitis and even tuberculosis.
Using tea tree oil is particularly effective if the body is already in a weakened condition due to illness, stress or prolonged treatment-involving antibiotics that lead to a reduction of the body's It helps equip the body to fight off a host of infections. Tea tree oil has properties that act as a immune booster. Using tea tree oil is a great general disinfectant and can be effectively used to treat genito-urinary tract infections such as thrush, vaginitis, cystitis and pruitis.

It helps equip the body to fight off a host of infections. Tea tree oil has properties that act as a immune booster. Tea tree oil is a great general disinfectant and can be effectively used to treat genito-urinary tract infections such as thrush, vaginitis, cystitis and pruitis. Tea tree oil is a great general disinfectant and can be effectively used to treat genito-urinary tract infections such as thrush, vaginitis, cystitis and pruitis.

Using tea tree oil is a great general disinfectant and can be effectively used to treat genito-urinary tract infections such as thrush, vaginitis, cystitis and pruitis. It helps equip the body to fight off a host of infections. Tea tree oil has properties that act as a immune booster.
Tea tree oil is safe to use, as it is non-toxic and non-irritant. The anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties have seen tea tree oil being used extensively in soaps, toothpastes, deodorants, disinfectants, gargles, germicides, aftershaves and colognes. Using tea tree oil prior to a surgical operation or for those suffering from long-drawn debilitating illness has been found to be beneficial.
Although tea tree oil has no known side effects, some individuals may be sensitive to it. This calls for consideration of the strength of tea tree oil and should never be used undiluted on the body and particularly on sensitive areas.

Can Green Tea Help With Gastrointestinal Illnesses?

For the last several years, there has been an abundance of research on the effects of green tea and the many health benefits that it can offer. For centuries, Asians have used green tea for health, both to prevent disease and treat illnesses.
Green tea is not fermented during processing, but black tea does go through a fermentation process. The differences occur from the differences in how the tea is processed. There are many different types of tea, but they all come from this plant. Tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant.
For this reason, green tea has more healthy anti-oxidants and therefore more health benefits than black tea. These new compounds are not as healthy as the unaltered catechins in a tea leaf in its original state. Fermenting the tea leaves, converts the catechins to other compounds. Tea leaves naturally contain anti-oxidants.
Anti-oxidants are critical to our health because they combat free radicals. Each day, as we convert food to energy, we create these free radicals in our body, which damage our cells and our DNA. Over time, these unchecked free radicals cause disease and aging.
Fruits and vegetables are also great anti-oxidant sources. For this reason, large doses of anti-oxidants, particularly those like the ones found in green tea, have been found to prevent many types of disease, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease and potentially other diseases, as well.
For this reason, green tea seems to calm the inflammation that accompanies inflammatory bowel disease and other gastrointestinal problems. One study reported by the UK Tea Council found that green tea's anti-oxidants spend a lot of time in the intestinal tract, and have an anti-inflammatory effect on this part of the body. But, recently there has been powerful news about the possible effects of green tea on gastrointestinal problems, like inflammatory bowel disease.
This theory stands to reason, since green tea is known to have an anti-inflammatory effect all over the body. These powerful anti-inflammatory effects are also thought to be one of the reasons that green tea is effective at preventing and treating heart disease.
Inflammatory bowel disease refers to a group of disorders that cause the intestines to become inflamed (red and swollen). The inflammation often lasts a long time and comes back repeatedly. Over 600,000 Americans suffer from some sort of inflammatory bowel disease every year.
Inflammatory bowel diseases can cause cramping, pain, diarrhea, weight loss and bleeding in your intestines. Two of the most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease are Chron's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Crohn's disease causes ulcers along the small and large intestines. However, it can sometimes also cause inflammation around the rectum, too. Ulcerative colitis causes ulcers in the lower part of the large intestine, sometimes starting at the rectum.
We don't fully understand what causes inflammatory bowel diseases, though we do know that it runs in families. It may be caused by a germ or problem with your immune system. It is usually diagnosed through x-rays and other tests that look directly into your intestines to find evidence of damage.
Inflammatory bowel diseases are not life threatening, but they can be very painful and disruptive to your life. In most cases, they are treated with anti-inflammatory medications, and sometimes anti-biotics, if the particular problem seems to be caused by an infection. In extreme cases of ulcerative colitis, surgery is sometimes performed to remove part of the colon. Surgery doesn't seem to have any effect on Crohn's disease.
Because the typical treatment is designed to reduce the inflammation in the intestines, it stands to reason that green tea would hold much promise in treatment. It is likely that many inflammatory bowel disease patients could find some relief very quickly by incorporating green tea into their diets.
Because sufferers of inflammatory bowel diseases are often placed on diets that call for reduced amounts of fiber, they often don't eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. The fiber in fruits and vegetables can further irritate the bowels. This means that they may not be getting all the anti-oxidants they need, particularly since they may need more than the average person to reduce the inflammation in their systems. This makes green tea the perfect alternative; it provides powerful anti-oxidants with zero fiber.
If you suffer from any form of irritable bowel disease, it's a good idea to give green tea a try. It has no side effects and is well tolerated by most people, regardless of their health issues. While it does contain caffeine, it is usually well tolerated even by the caffeine sensitive, because its caffeine level is very low. Adding some green tea to your diet may be a simple way to get some relief from the painful symptoms of irritable bowel diseases.
Jon M. Stout is the Chairman of the Golden Moon Tea Company. Golden Moon Tea carefully selects the finest rare and orthodox teas, which are processed slowly and handcrafted with extreme care. At their website, you can learn more about their current
offerings, including their exceptional
green tea
, white tea, black tea, oolong tea (also known as wu-long and
wu long tea
) and chai. Visit for all details concerning the Golden Moon Tea Company's fine line of teas.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Does Green Tea Help With Fat Loss?

So, does green teal help with fat loss? After all, we get
disappointed time and time again from so-called miracle fat
loss supplements, products and training routines.
Have you had your green tea today?
Let's set aside all the wonderful health benefits for
now and take a look at green tea strictly as an aid
to fat loss. Does green tea help with fat loss and if so, how well?
A lot of studies (both human and animal) have shown
green tea has great potential for ramping up your
metabolism and burning fat off your body.
One study (see below) looked at the potential for green tea to stimulate thermogenesis and fat burning.
This study had 10 healthy men
spend periods of 24 hours in a metabolic testing chamber.
During these test sessions they took either
1) green tea extract that contained 150 mg of caffeine and 270 mg of
epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG - the key active ingredient
of green tea)
2) 150 mg of caffeine or
3) a placebo.
So what were the results? There was no difference in
thermogenesis between the caffeine group and the placebo
The green tea extract increased 24 hour metabolism
by 4% compared to the placebo group. In this case, that
translates into about 80 calories a day.
What does this mean for fat loss? It means green tea
can definitely be used as an aid in your weight loss efforts.
A metabolism increase of 4% is significant. Now, that leads
me to the other side of weight loss products and supplements.
While green tea can play a real role in your weight loss
efforts, because of the way these products are advertised,
people have unrealistically high expectations of what these
products can do for them.
If you have a resting metabolic
rate of 2,000 calories per day, taking green tea can help
you burn an extra 80 calories a day. This isn't a lot
but does equal 7 pounds over a years time. And this is 7
pounds for doing nothing.
If you take a real fat loss aid like green tea (and there
are many weight loss products that don't work at all - that's
another entry), have an understanding of what you can expect.
And remember, you must have a complete fat loss plan in place.
If you've been gaining weight and are eating 100 more calories
a day than you burn and you add green tea, guess what? You
won't lose weight, you'll just slow down your weight gain.
Put an effective fat loss training program, consisting of
a weight training routine, high intensity cardio and proper
nutrition. Then, adding a quality supplement like green
tea may help accelerate your fat loss efforts.
And don't forget, unlike a lot of the weight loss programs that
don't even work, taking green tea has numerous health benefits above
and beyond the fat loss aspect.
Green Tea Study - (Dulloo AG, Duret C Rohrer D, Girardier L, Mensi N,
Fathi M, Chantre P, Vandermander J, Efficacy of a green tea extract
rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-hour
energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans. American Journal
of Clinical Nutrition 1999 Dec;70(6):1040-5)

Green Tea Has Just The Right Amount Of Caffeine With No Side Effects

If you're looking for a coffee or soda substitute with just the right amount of caffeine enough to keep you awake and energized without the nervousness, chronic muscle tension, irritability, headaches, depression, and insomnia, Japanese Green Tea is exactly what you've been looking for. Green tea caffeine does not make you jittery or nervous.
Japanese Green Tea offers the best of both worlds when it comes to caffeine -- just enough to provide a stimulating pick-me-up that banishes unwanted drowsiness, but not enough to trigger nervousness or sleepless nights.
Ever since eight-century Buddhist monks discovered that tea helped them remain awake during long meditation sessions, tea has been used to boost lagging energy, refresh the mind, and brighten up the mood.
Caffeine increases your heartbeat, improves your alertness, your reaction time gets faster and your general mood becomes more "upbeat".
But to get the benefits of caffeine, you only need to consume the recommended caffeine intake.
The recommended caffeine intake per day is 200 mg.
Soda contains between 40 to 60 mg and a cup of drip coffee has a nerve-jangling 90 to 150 mg, more than half the amount of caffeine that some people should consume in a whole day. Soda contains between 40 to 60 mg. Soda contains between 40 to 60 mg.

Soda contains between 40 to 60 mg. Soda contains between 40 to 60 mg. Soda contains between 40 to 60 mg. The average cup of green tea contains anywhere from 8 to 20 mg of caffeine, while black tea contains at least twice that amount -- 40 to 60 mg.
Just 3 cups of coffee a day is enough to give you the problems like headaches, depression, insomnia, irritability and nervousness, if consumed on a daily basis for a long period of time.
Still, green tea does have a "brightening" effect. It would take at least 4 cups of the strongest green tea to equal the caffeine content of the weakest drip coffee.
Rose Antonio has been a green tea drinker for many, many years. She has a special interest in alternative healing and natural remedies.
Though she has tried different types of tea from different countries, she always go back to Japanese Green Tea not only because of its taste but more so because of its amazing health benefits gathered from years and years of research and from talking to many health enthusiasts.

An Introduction To Green Tea

Green tea is made from the plant called Camellia sinensis, which is steamed to make tea. An ancient Chinese proverb says, ""Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one."" The Chinese have had tremendous faith in the healing properties of green tea for over 4000 years, something the world is discovering today.
The action of the antioxidants in tea is more than that in over 21 fruits and vegetables, much more than garlic, spinach or even cabbage. Rich in fluoride, it helps fight tooth decay. New research is also proving it to lower high blood pressure by repressing angiotensin II.

It has been said to also cure rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, infections and even impaired immune function. The tea helps in fighting cancer, especially cancer of the esophagus. Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, especially epigallocatechin gallate, which is a powerful antioxidant with DNA repairing properties.
Many prefer green tea's flavor and aroma. Many are turning to organic green teas to reduce the harmful side effects of pesticides and fertilizers.
When you buy tea claiming to be organic, ensure that it is certified from an internationally established institute, such as IMO. Some of these teas even have eco-friendly packaging, such as those made of natural jute fiber, handmade paper and recycled board.
To make green tea, put a kettle of water on to boil. Add one teaspoon of green tea just before it reaches the boiling point and turn off the stove. Just cover it and leave for a while. If you boil the water, the taste will be astringent. You could have it plain or add milk and sugar, or lime and milk. You could drink up to 8-10 cups of tea per day. This will help with good health and slowing the aging process. However, do be aware that for some, the caffeine in the tea could result in insomnia. Green tea can be enjoyed both hot and cold.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Now Loans Are Also Bad Debtor's Cup of Tea

Loan for bad debtors - it is not an illusion but it is a reality. These days, loans are also offered for those people, who are suffering from bad debt. It is an opportunity for them to solve their debt difficulties.
As a bad debtor, one can be involved in the following cases,
• CCJ's (Country court judgement)
• Arrears
• Defaults & late payments
• Bankruptcy
• IVAs
Generally, these people have bad credit score. Here we need to know what credit score is. Mainly credit score is the estimation of a person's credit worthiness. Normally, credit scores that are above 580 consider as good credit score. But, if it is below 580, then it is labeled as bad credit score.
Although before providing these loans, lenders will check the borrower's credit score and repayment capacity. A Borrower can borrow the loan both in secured and unsecured form and get the amount ranged from ₤5000 to ₤75000. Some loans are also made for people with bad debt and these loans are easily available in loan market nowadays. But it is completely wrong.

However, it is a common belief among bad debtors that they can not opt for any loans.
Bad debtor's loans offering an opportunity to come out of bad debt tag. These loans can be used for various purposes like debt consolidation, home improvement and so on. But, lenders offer these loans at comparatively higher rate of interest to cover the risk of lending money to such borrowers. Apart from that, borrowers may have to pay down payment that could be from 10-20%.
The new loan will begin to make positive reports so long as borrowers make their payments on time and keep it up to date. Nevertheless, with bad debt loans, one can improve their credit history and stop them from getting negative impact on credit report.
Now the question is availability these loans. These days, getting such kind of loans is not so tough. Many traditional lenders like banks, financial institutions and lending companies provide loans for people with bad credit history. Besides, online is a good source to avail these loans. This process is less time consuming as borrowers just need to fill up an online application form. After that the lender will contact them automatically. At the same time, all borrowers are advised to compare different loan quotes before obtaining for a deal.
It is said that only iron can cut an iron. Loans for bad debtors have same functions. These loans are the best alternative for bad debt labeled people to overcome their cash-crisis and erase their bad debt tag.

Green Tea And The Latest In Skin Care And Promising Cancer Treatments

With all the latest research and developments into skin care it has recently been found that Green tea actually has more to offer than originally thought. In research conducted in Thailand by Dr. Ptong of the Skin Education Foundation it was evidenced that Green tea when taken orally or applied externally had a marked effect on the skin in relation to cancer and carcinogens.
From basal cell carcinoms (the mildest and most common form of skin cancer) to malignant melanoma and its variants (the deadliest and fastest spreading form) all were shown to be effected by the green tea polyphenols. The polyphenols of green tea showed the ability to actually prohibit and retard the growth of various skin cancers. Ptong elucidated that it was the green teas antioxidants, commonly referred to as green tea polyphenols (GTP), that caused this new functionality.
It is important to note that they have now found identical results with human research. In one study it was shown that the the resultant damage that normally occurs from excessive UV radiation did not happen to skin pre treated with a GTP salve. This resulted in a much lower chance of growths and cancer developing. This resulted in a much lower rate of mutations afterwards.

This resulted in a much lower rate of mutations afterwards. This resulted in a much lower rate of mutations afterwards. This resulted in a much lower rate of mutations afterwards. In animal studies where the skin was treated with various carcinogens and chemicals or radiation with mutagenic properties it was found that skin treated prior with a rub or salve of the polyphenols had a much lower rate of mutations afterwards.
"Every area we tested the polyphenols we made significant discoveries and every time it was very positive. The polyphenols extracted from green tea are extremely active against all types of cancer in this study," Stated Dr. Ptong.
It was also found that, along with external application, oral use of the green tea and polyphenols reduced the risk of cancer and other similar maladies.
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Kombucha Ancient Healing Tea From Fermented Mushroom

The use of microorganisms for medicinal use is certainly not new.
Mainstream antibiotics are derived from microorganisms (such as penicillin) and pathogens (such as polio or smallpox) play a role in vaccine development. And we use the friendly organisms in acidophilus (found in yogurt, kefir and tablets) to restore the beneficial flora in our intestines.
Kombucha, or Mandarin Mushroom Tea is a specially fermented tea that you can make at home with a simple recipe. You need a "baby" Kombucha to begin and you can either buy the baby, or get one free from an avid Kombucha tea drinker. Each mushroom comes with step-by-step instructions, or you can get written instructions from the person who is giving you a baby Kombucha mushroom.
It is a flat, dark, pancake looking mushroom and looks very odd in the bowel as it ferments. Kombucha tea, when fermented properly, offers a host of beneficial microorganisms. Although the Kombucha mushroom has been around, and used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, it was considered an exotic Chinese Mushroom until this century.
Before the days of modern food preparation and packaging for commercial resale, fermenting food was how people preserved foods. Lactic acid fermentation was the most popular way to preserve food. Vegetables, cheese, cured meats, and other whole, unrefined foods were kept down in the basement, especially in the winter. These old basements were not completely sealed from air, light or moisture. Preserving food via fermentation today would be considered primitive by today's standards. When we lost our old fashioned ability to maintain the active constituents of raw food by lactic acid fermentation, our rate of cancer and other diseases skyrocketed.
Research into lactic acid's ability to kill cancer cells in vitro, and its ability to work with beneficial flora in the intestines has emerged as a new science once again. Our own bodies manufacture some lactic acid, as a weapon against disease, but there was a time when our natural diet supplied lactic acid too.
What are some of the health benefits of consuming foods rich in lactic acid?
From acetylcholine, we develop choline, which is an important brain chemical and is involved in healthy blood pressure. · The lactic acid fermentation process promotes the development of acetylcholine which promotes healthy neurotransmitters, the cells that relay nervous signals across the body.
· Lactic acid fermented foods are rich in enzymes and Vitamins A, C, and B. Enzyme deficiency is the root cause of many diseases.
· Lactic Acid makes the bowel environment very unfriendly toward viruses and bacteria and aids in the healthy expulsion of such pathogens.
It usually takes about 4-7 days for a Kombucha mushroom to produce the ordinary looking tea. I find the tea very refreshing…a cross between bubbly champagne and apple cider. Most people find it very tasty too. It may not be a cure all, but it is a healthy drink for most people.
It probably seems very odd that Kombucha tea is made with white sugar instead of raw, whole sugar. But the mushroom consumes and completely alters the sugar in a few days during the fermentation process. And the mushroom does not seem to produce any babies if you use unrefined sugar. I have not found a naturopath to advise against diabetics using the tea, but if you are diabetic maybe you should check with your local naturopath or licensed clinical nutritionist who is schooled in Chinese mushroom herbology. I have seen Kombucha successfully used in candida yeast support therapy and it does not seem to harm anyone who has a lactose allergy. Many Chinese Medicine doctors are familiar with Mandarin Kombucha tea, but most westerners are not.
Kombucha tea drinkers swear by it. It appears to help a wide range of health problems. And we already know that all teas are very healthy drinks.
Bubbly anyone? So why not give Kombucha a try?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Green Tea and The "Asian Paradox"

While it is almost certainly not a cure, however, many studies appear to show that lifelong green tea drinking does in fact reduce the risk of cancer in later life. Of all the controversial claims about green tea's health benefits, the one that draws the most scepticism is the claim that it could be a cure for cancer.
The biggest piece of evidence in support of this theory is known as the ‘Asian paradox'. The Asian paradox, according to researchers at Yale, is that Asia has very high levels of cigarette smoking, yet lower cancer rates than Europe or America. The researchers believe that the difference between the places lies in the Asians' consumption of large amounts of green tea (over a litre a day on average).
This is some of the most encouraging research yet, as methotrexate is a drug with many unpleasant side effects, and replacing it with green tea could work very well. Studies at Murcia University in Spain found that a chemical in green tea called EGCG is very similar to the cancer drug methotrexate, in that it appears to kill cancer cells in the same way. Other studies have supported this view: one study comparing elderly Japanese people who drank green tea with ones who didn't found that the green tea drinkers tended to live a few years longer.
Hopefully, over the next few decades, there will be more interest in investigating the health benefits of green tea, and we will finally get our answer. The state of the research overall is inconclusive, as few drug companies are interested in funding studies into something that is seen as ‘alternative' medicine, the testing is left to interested but under-funded universities. However, the unfortunate counterpoint to all this is that very large quantities of green tea have actually been found to cause cancer in lab rats, suggesting that too much green tea can be worse for you than none at all - perhaps a similar effect to the one red wine has.

Wu-Long Tea – Helps Reverse the Signs of Aging

As we grow older, the effect of free radicals takes its toll on the body mainly in the form of aging. Actually in the past 50 years, free radical research has strongly concluded that free radicals are a major factor in aging and the visible signs that go along with it. Other diseases related to aging and caused in whole or part by free radical damage are cancer, Alzheimer's dementia, arthritis and inflammatory disease and heart/artery disease.
These free radicals are produced by stress, pollution, eating processed foods, chemical additives in many of the foods we eat etc..
The damaging process is certainly a gradual one. day in - day out. Many of the visible signs of aging, such as dark spots and wrinkling of the skin, have been strongly linked to increased levels of free radicals invading our body...
Antioxidants are the best defense against free radicals. Fortunately you can take action to reduce the amount of these nasty, damaging substances in your body without drugs.
One of the best and enjoyable methods is to drink Wu-long tea (oolong).
Wu Long tea is rich in these 3 substances: catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins. These substances act as antioxidants, which destroy free radicals and are completely natural. Be advised, grocery store versions of Wulong or any teas have much lower levels of these antioxidants because the leaves have been extremely processed. The oxidation process reduces the catachin level.
To get maximum potency and value of Wu Long tea I suggest you find a good online tea store and not waste your money on pre-packaged name brand type wu-long tea.
You are doing yourself a favor every time you drink a cup….slowly undoing the effects of aging. Also it's nice to know there are no side effects to drinking Wu-long tea; it tastes great and is good for your soul!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Pu-Erh Tea - Looking Good & Feeling Good Tea

Pu-Erh Tea
Its historic significance is highlighted by the fact that bricks of Pu-Erh tea were once used as "currency" between the wild nomadic tribes north of the Great Wall of China. originates from the Yunnan province of southwest China and has been drunk there for it's medicinal and health benefits for literally thousands of years.
Modern day drinkers of Pu-Erh tea tend to be a touch more civilised, the Pu-Erh market outside south east Asia is made up of Tea connoisseurs and those searching for the health benefits the Chinese have historically associated with the tea.
Pu-Erh tea has a sweet earthy taste, which is said to be very acquired, and something that should be sampled before being purchased en-masse. Most suppliers are willing to supply sampler packs for these types of teas.
The Tea has a mellow sweet after taste. The earthy taste is derived from a process of "re-fermenting" where the leaves are left damp for a period to allow additional oxidisation to occur and create a thin layer of mould on the leaves.
The Chinese have always claimed that Pu-Erh Tea can aid the following ailments:
Digestion problems

Dispel the effects of alcohol

Reducing cholesterol

Aid weight loss

Increase the metabolism
Pu-Erh Tea comes in variety of "solid" forms where the Tea is steamed and moulded into "cakes" or "bricks" as well as loose and teabag forms.
Yunnan Pu-erh tea is a naturally refreshing drink and taken on its own it has no calories, so it's the perfect drink to keep you looking good and feeling fit. Four cups of tea a day can provide you with significant amounts of the following nutrients: approximately 17% of the recommended intake for calcium, 5% for zinc, 22% for Vitamin B2, 5% for folic acid, and Vitamins B1 and B6.
A cup of Yunnan tea is also a good source of manganese, which is essential for general physical development, and potassium which helps to maintain your body's fluid balance.
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Coffee Or Tea – Which One Will It Be

For a coffee lover like me….I sometimes like a good cup of tea.
In this busy world there is nothing finer than taking time out from a busy schedule to enjoy a quiet cuppa by ones self. Sitting back with a steaming espresso in hand is like entering an oasis of sanity in the middle of a hectic day.
But then again I do relish sharing a brew with one or more friends whether it is when they come to visit me at home, or if we all meet up at a coffee house.
I know I am grossly insulted if someone comes to my house and turns down my offer of a cup of the good brew Coffee and tea are an indispensable social tradition the world over.
However, if it is summer and the temperature is running a little high many people prefer iced coffee or tea to cool them down rather than to warm them up. Now days, there are also some really enticing gourmet blends on the market which include a variety of fruit or nut flavors that add something special to any occasion.
The only draw back is the decaffeination process tends to take some of the flavor with it, so it is best to buy a premium grade of coffee when you want the "no kick" or light variety. However if you are looking to wind down instead of be up-lifted, you can opt for decaffeinated coffee where the beans undergo a process to have the caffeine content removed. Both coffee and tea are stimulants which contain caffeine.
Some people can't drink coffee or tea at all because it affects their blood pressure. More commonly people won't touch coffee because it interferes with their sleep patterns. Naturally enough if you do have trouble sleeping then it would be best not to have a full strength brew just before you go to bed. Maybe an herbal tea would be a better choice.
Alternately, you may like to switch to a caffeine-free version of your favorite brew at bed time. Of course if you want a bit more buck, then you can always try one of those flavored stirrers that are becoming more and more popular and readily available in supermarkets everywhere these days.
Coffee and tea are the caffeine twins (although coffee is the one with all the hitting power); however it is quite ironic that both are associated with comfort and relaxation when really the opposite is in fact the case. If you are really looking to wind down beer or wine are probably better depressants.
We all have our different daily rituals when it comes to drinking coffee or tea.
First thing in the morning I prefer the jolt of a good espresso. The aroma is as stimulating as the coffee itself. It might seem strange but at lunch time I enjoy a cup of tea, something like English breakfast tea does it for me at this time of the day.
Lately with the arrival of warmer weather I have taken to drinking Chai tea. The spicy taste is quite refreshing and I like it either black or with a dash of milk. By the close of day I really like to finish off with a top quality gourmet blend coffee and possibly a glass of port or a small brandy on the side.
Whether it is the best beans, coffee machines or grinders - if it's about coffee then you will find something to interest you here. the author John - a self confessed coffee lover, shares with you the delights of exotic and gourmet coffees from all over the world.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Enjoy the Benefits of Green Tea with this Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

Studies have shown that green tea helps to build your immune system with its antioxidants, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, reduces the risk of getting various types of cancer and Alzheimers, and all the while it promotes oral health and increases metabolism.
Here's a simple, vitamin-filled smoothie recipe which allows you to add the health benefits of green tea to your daily diet. If you don't have time for breakfast, make it the evening before and take it along. Smoothies are nutritious, easy to make and provide a healthy meal-on-the-go. Smoothies are an easy way to enjoy the benefits of green tea, plus fruits for vitamins, antioxidents and fiber.
Begin with two cups of green tea, made with four tea bags so it's nice and strong.
Pour the green tea into a blender and add any or all of the following:
banana-source of potassium and fiber four ounces of yogurt, flavor of your choice-great source of probiotics a handful of nutritious blueberries or strawberries tablespoon of soy vanilla powder for protein a dash of cinnamon for your cholesterol and blood sugar
This smoothie is packed with antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals and makes a quick meal. If you'd like to add some fiber, throw in a couple of tablespoons of oatmeal.
Blend until all ingredients are smooth.
Other possible ingredients are: Don't limit yourself to these ingredients either.
orange juice-Great source of vitamin C mango, kiwi or other fruit or berries-source of vitamins and antioxidants a spoonful of honey peanut butter for protein
Let your imagination run wild!
Children love smoothies. It's a wonderful way to give them a healthy meal or snack and can replace sugar-packed sodas and fruit juice.
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Important Information About a Green Tea Diet Plan

Everyone keeps telling us that green tea is one of those products that is really good for us. We often start to glaze over and lose interest since we just don't know why this is the case and they go into a long scientific spiel.
For many people green tea can help jumpstart your weight loss program even though some would probably dismiss it as quackery. Fairly recently one of the good things about green tea that has been discovered is its ability to help people lose weight.
The Basics of a Green Tea Diet Plan
Some kind of green tea product is obviously included in a green tea diet plan. A dieter typically takes a certain amount of green tea supplements along with other helpful additives as well. Green tea extracts by themselves are often used in diet pills, weight loss supplements or appetite suppressants which can help you lose weight Green Tea.
The basics are fairly simple of why exactly a green tea diet plan works because the green tea supplements help your body burn fat via a process called ‘thermogenics.'
You should do this simply because a lot of herbal supplements have the chance of interacting with prescriptions and over the counter medications which can cause adverse side effects on your body. Before using this product you should consult your physician. All green tea diet plans are going to have a standard disclaimer as with any dietary supplement.
Using a green tea diet plan to just take care of the extra food.
Being sensible in your eating can help your diet and a little exercise is always a good idea A weight loss diet can help be supplemented by a green tea diet plan, but it can't be done all by itself. Weight won't melt off your body overnight; and for you diet to work you need common sense and moderation. There is no miracle diet plan or supplement.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Healthy Reasons Why You Should Drink Green Tea

Green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years. The Chinese have been using it since ancient times for treating everything from headaches to depression. Did you ever realize that simply by drinking two cups of green tea can actually save you from so many health problems?
The process:
It is believed that they stimulate the spirit better than any other blend thus improving the abilities to think and meditate for prolonged periods without fatigue. Green teas are rich in vitamin C. This is very different to how green tea is processed today. It was then transferred out of the mould, dried in the sun, and baked to prevent rotting.

After that the tea was pressed and left to harden. Then this mud was placed into moulds. At the time of Tang Dynasty wild tea was gathered and then processed which involved steaming the tea on a bamboo tray and grinding the tea into a fine pulp called tea mud. China produces the world's finest green teas. The Chinese are said to be the first ones to discover tea.
Benefits of Green Tea:
It has also been effective in inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. The reason being that green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly EGCG-Epigallocatechin Gallate which is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.

The reason being that green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly EGCG-Epigallocatechin Gallate which is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. According to a research it has been estimated that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.
Apart from this green tea has been claimed to be good for:
• Stopping certain neurodegenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer
• Preventing/ treating cancer
• Burning fat and increasing metabolism
• Treating rheumatoid arthritis
• Treating Cognition
• Lowering high cholesterol levels
• Treating cardiovascular disease
• Treating infection
• For impaired immune function
• Prevent tooth decay
How much should one take?
Different researchers claim different estimation of how much green tea should one consume. Some say that drinking ten cups of green tea per day would help you stay cancer-free for three years longer than if you drink less than three cups a day .Meanwhile, another study suggests that drinking four or more cups of green tea per day could help prevent rheumatoid arthritis, or reduce symptoms in individuals already suffering from the disease. It is also reported that breast cancer spreads less quickly, in women with a history of drinking five cups or more of green tea daily. A University of California study on the cancer-preventative qualities of green tea concluded that you could probably attain the desired level of polyphenols by drinking merely two cups per day. As green tea does not have any known side effects so you can drink according to what you think is the right amount for you.
On the other hand black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, as a result of which the EGCG compound gets converted into other compounds which is not effective in preventing and fighting various diseases. Then they are rolled by hand to squeeze out excess moisture and to release flavor enzymes. On the other hand black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, as a result of which the EGCG compound from being oxidized.

Then they are rolled by hand to squeeze out excess moisture and to release flavor enzymes. The tea leaves used for green tea are steamed or pan-dried immediately after picking, arresting bacterial growth and thus preventing the EGCG compound from being oxidized. Green tea has so many health benefits though Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant so what sets green tea apart from the other teas is the way it is processed.
So, get your green tea today and enjoy your drink!!

Different Types of Green Tea

If you try to buy your tea from Chinese markets or food stores, or order it over the Internet, as then you will be able to choose from the full range of green teas.
So which different green teas are there? Well, the most common green tea in Western countries is low-grade Gunpowder - that's the stuff you'll generally find in the supermarket. It is used because it is cheap, and stays fresher for longer than other green teas, because of the way it is rolled up into little balls.
Many consider it to be the best green tea, but because it is expensive and not very much is produced, it is prone to imitation - make sure you trust whoever you're buying this tea from to sell you the real thing. The most popular green tea in China is Dragon Well, or Lung Ching, a bright green and quite expensive kind of tea.
Sencha is also more readily available over here than Chinese green teas tend to be, and there is a slightly cheaper version called Bancha as well. It is cheaper than Dragon Well, more the kind of tea you could drink every day, but none the worse for it. In Japan, green tea drinkers prefer Sencha, a sweeter kind of green tea.
If you ever get a chance to drink Macha, it's well worth trying, because it really is the king of green teas. It is very expensive and very nice, and tastes more like a luxury dessert than the everyday tea you're probably used to - in Japan, it is a popular flavour of sweets and ice cream. The sweetest kind of green tea is Macha, the tea used in the Japanese tea ceremonies.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

White Tea

Chlorophyll formation is also stopped. These are steamed or fired to stop polyphenol oxidation and then dried. The buds have a fine covering of white hair, giving the tea its name. It is made from immature growth buds and young leaves.

White tea is increasing in popularity all over the world.
tin. White tea can go up to US $25 for a 2-oz. The different varieties have exotic names: white peony, golden moon, silver needle and white cloud.

The best tea is produced in Darjeeling in India; it is also grown in China and Japan. White tea is more expensive than other teas.
A single bud with only three to four leaves is also rejected. The buds are rejected even if they have begun to open, are hollow, too long or too thin. The buds should be perfect and not purple in color. There should be no rain or frost on the ground, but there should be plenty of early morning dew.

High quality white tea is selected in the beginning of spring.
Some people reuse tea leaves but the flavor just isn't the same. After the water gets hot, pour it over the tea and let it infuse for two minutes. The measure is 1.5 tablespoons of white tea per eight ounces of water in a cup or teapot.

It should not be heated too much; the right temperature should be between 175 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit. White tea is best made in filtered water or light spring water.
A study has noted that white tea can help fight off viruses and dangerous infection-causing bacteria. It has less caffeine than other types of tea, with more cancer-fighting antioxidants. White tea is full of catechins, usually found in fresh tea leaves, which has been found to help in DNA repair.
There are many people who are very specific about the white tea they drink, and ask for tea leaves of one special brand. Today, white tea is a connoisseur's choice, enjoyed for its gentle aroma and delicate flavor.
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Green Tea Weight Loss Supplement

Most weight loss experts agree that weight loss supplements can significantly help you in your battle for curves and muscles. Of the 3 commonly used weight loss supplements in the market these days, green tea weight loss supplement seems the most promising. The other two are protein and ephedra.
It has been discovered that some properties found in green tea makes it a great organic alternative to weight loss supplements.
The study found that green tea has a lot of antioxidants that can cause an increase in energy expenditure of the body. The use of green tea extract in weigh loss supplements was spurred by the recently concluded study by American and Swiss scientists.
Green tea's EGCG also triggers the release of the hormone noradrenaline, an appetite-suppressant. When these 2 substances in green tea react to each other, metabolism rates increase along with the body's 24-hour energy expenditure. Green tea weight loss supplement contain both caffeine and the chemical epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Green tea weight loss supplement lose about two-and-a-half pounds a month.
It is usually taken 3 times a day before meals. Green tea weight loss supplement that contains 90 milligrams of EGCG and 50 milligrams of caffeine.
Although green tea weight loss supplement has no harmful side-effects, you should consult your doctor before taking it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Green Tea Brewing Guide

Green tea is believed to have many healthful benefits. If you have ever tasted a good cup of green tea it can be reviving and delicious. However the delicate nature of this tea does demand a certain watchful eye when preparing it. Here is an easy to follow guide on how to brew an outstanding cup of green tea.
• Use high quality tea a lesser quality will not yield as good a flavor.
• If using lesser quality, boil water and steep for a longer period of time. This will help extract the flavors.
Steep for about half the time recommended, if let go too long the flavor will turn bitter and sharp. Gently heat the water and steep the tea. • When using the preferred high quality tea do not boil the water.
• Never use an aluminum pot to boil water. It will change the flavor of the tea. A cooper pot is ideal.
• Use only porcelain or ceramic to steep the tea.
If the steam is drifting straight up the water is at the proper temperature. To ascertain the proper water temperature, check the direction of the steam. • If the water does boil allow it to cool for 1-3 minutes before adding the tea.

Herbal Tea Benefits

When you think about what hot drinks you want to have at the morning, or for that matter, at any other time of the day, consider this: caffeine can seriously affect your health. Now it is no secret that some of the tea companies use caffeine in their products; you can of course choose those that don't - for example, let us take Wissotzky tea: Black tea has 60 - 70 mg of caffeine, Green tea has 15 - 20 mg while Herbal Tea would have no caffeine at all.
As turns out, caffeine may act upon our moods - especially if you have a tendency towards depression - be aware - consuming caffeine may depress you even more. It may appear surprising that drinking something like tea should cause anything at all, yet it is important to know the facts. The variety of tastes is quite large: Raspberry Tea, Peach Tea, Nana Tea, Lemon Tea, Cherry Tea - and most importantly - no side effects.
(I confess, I used to be one myself) It is not in vain that caffeine is compared to drugs - indeed, some of us are real Cola-addicts! This same drink that has conquered the world so fast is another host of caffeine. And let us not forget Coca Cola. If you're a "heavy drinker", do the math.

Black coffee consists 150 mg of caffeine and Instant coffee 120 mg. As you have surely by this time realized - coffee may be your biggest enemy. Especially when mixed with white sugar, it operates on the brain and may make you feel worse than you did before (brown sugar is better anyway). To those of you with depression tendencies - avoid caffeine at all cause!
I know that simply refusing something you like may sound hard to do, yet it is quite simple when you try. There are plenty of other delicious drinks that consist of herbs, and work to improve you daily nutrition. Please, don't be depressed by this, my intention in precisely the opposite one: my solution was simply not drinking it anymore.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

TsuNoni - Green Tea Meets Noni

East Meets West
Asian cultures have realized the medical benefits of green tea for centuries. Those who drank it lived longer, healthier lives. Now science has discovered the reason behind the green tea phenomenon. Polyphenols, the antioxidants in green tea, can actually help lower cholesterol and promote healthy heart function. Plus studies show it is a great weight loss aid, helping to boost metabolism and suppress appetite. Given the amount of green tea needed to deliver these health benefits, it is almost impossible to drink enough in our busy lives.
Unfortunately, the awful taste and foul odor prevent most of us from drinking it. Those in Noni are actually a form of dietary fiber, promoting proper digestion and enhancing your immune system. Those in Noni are different than the typical sugar type.

Those in Noni are different than the typical sugar type. The polysaccharides in Noni are different than the typical sugar type. Extensive research has finally unlocked the secret of Noni. Polynesians rubbed this tropical fruit on burns and sores to relieve pain. Across the ocean in Polynesia, Noni is used for its' health-regenerating properties.
Green Tea Meets Noni
These two bitter ingredients actually become a tasty and powerful blend, known as TsuNoni. However, just the opposite occurs. When combined, one would think green tea and Noni would make an unpalatable combination.
In fact, this synergistic result is so rare, TsuNoni was issued a patent. When separate, Noni contains 11 mgs of antioxidants per gram and green tea has 88 mgs per gram. But when combined, lab studies prove these super-foods deliver 47% more antioxidants per gram. This 1+1=3 combination packs over 400 mgs of polyphenols and 70 mgs of polysaccharides per serving. TsuNoni is a healthy, effervescent fusion that tastes absolutely amazing.

The Benefits of Green Tea for Cancer and Leukemia

Green tea has long had many health benefits associated with it and its curative properties have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
EGCG is considered to be the most active component in green tea and is the best researched of all the green tea polyphenols. Tea polyphenols are classified as catechins and green tea contains six primary catechin compounds: catechin, gallaogatechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, and epigallocatechin gallate (also known as EGCG). The more the leaves are fermented, the lower the polyphenol content and the higher the caffeine content. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and is reputed to contain the highest concentration of polyphenols, chemicals that act as powerful antioxidants.

Green tea, black tea and oolong tea are all made with the leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush.
Several studies have suggested that green tea and green tea extract have cancer-fighting abilities, possibly because the tea's concentration of antioxidants such as EGCG help minimize the cell damage that can lead to cancer.
EGCG (the key antioxidant in green tea) has been shown to kill cancer cells taken from leukaemia patients and put in a test tube. A recent study conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has demonstrated the benefits of green tea in adult sufferers of leukemia.
The fourth patient who did not show an improvement in her cancer overall, still exhibited an increase in her white blood cell count. In the months after they started drinking green tea or taking green tea extracts, three of them showed measurable improvements in their condition. All four patients had CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia). All four patients had started using green tea on their own last year, after hearing media reports about its health benefits.

All four patients had started using green tea on their own last year, after hearing media reports about its health benefits. Doctors at the clinic reported that four patients had started using green tea on their own last year, after hearing media reports about its health benefits.
However, over the next year the patient's lymph nodes steadily reduced in size. Swelling of the lymph nodes is one of the characteristic symptoms of CLL. In one case, a patient had been showing progressive swelling in her lymph nodes before she starting taking green tea capsules twice a day.
However, the benefit of EGCG over methotrexate is that it has far fewer side effects. Both work by blocking the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase, which is essential to the growth of tumour cells. Researchers have found that EGCG, the anti-cancer compound in green tea, works in a similar way to the anti-cancer drug methotrexate. Other research has come up with an explanation for why regular green tea drinkers have a low incidence of gastric and oesophageal cancers.
Women seeking to conceive or who are already pregnant are advised to consult their medical practitioner about the risks associated with drinking green tea. However, in a study conducted at Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program of Northern California in Oakland, researchers found that women who drank more than one half cup of caffeinated green tea every day doubled their odds of conceiving. This side effect could explain the increased risk of birth defects such as spina bifida.

The same study also showed that blocking the dihydrofolate reductase enzyme lowers folic acid levels.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Benefits of Green Tea

Through the course of time, the benefits of green tea are not only solely confined to the improvement of health. The benefits of green tea extend as well into the field of beauty.
Beauty Benefits
It is naturally rich in antioxidants, which provide gentle exfoliation, thus giving the skin a healthy natural glow. Green tea extract can be applied to the skin as one would do with lotion or makeup.
Health Benefits
The fountain of youth; that is green tea. Green tea is recognized to provide a larger quantity of polyphenols and theanine, which provide a much greater amount of antioxidant activity compared to the servings of broccoli, carrots, strawberries, or spinach. Undoubtedly, green tea is good for the body in a number of ways. Its profound power in the prevention of diseases and other health complications covers a wide arena.
1. Green tea enhances health. It has the ability to lengthen one's life and prevent the onset of varied diseases.
Tannin and catechin are two of the main ingredients present in green tea that both actively combat against this dreaded disease. Cancer comes in all sorts of forms. Green tea prevents cancer.

The catechin found in green tea can restrict excessive accumulation of cholesterol that may vigorously lead to heart problems. Green tea regulates blood cholesterol. 3.
4. Green tea lowers the risk of high blood pressure, which is the main culprit of serious cardiovascular troubles.
Green tea lowers the blood sugar. 5.
A buildup of lipid peroxide mixed up with oxygen increases aging in a fast pace; this is, in turn, combated by the green tea. Green tea suppresses fast aging. 6.
Green tea refreshes the body as the muscles are soothed and the blood is properly circulated. 7.
8. Green tea fights off food poisoning. This kind of tea is known to sterilize every food intake, thus possessing the knack to destroy bacteria which may be the main cause of food poisoning.
9. Green tea is a good remedy for skin diseases. The application of green tea extract proves to be a good cure for athlete's foot, bedsore, and all sorts of skin diseases.
Green tea hinders the formation of cavities. 10.
Green tea scraps the presence of all types of viruses that aim to harm the human body. 11.
Hence, they are able to live life with less complications and health problems. It is noted that green tea drinkers and users enjoy numerous benefits derived from it.
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Ginseng Tea

However, it should only be a secondary boost to health and not curing diseases or illnesses. Experts in Chinese medicine recommend that it should be drunk daily or whenever one is feeling unwell. The Chinese have been using ginseng tea for their health for thousands of years.
As a result, there have been great exports of ginseng to China or overseas Chinese communities, as well as Korea. It was discovered that the weather and soil conditions of the United States and Canada are suitable for growing ginseng.
Ginseng tea is probably the most popular use for Wisconsin ginseng. American ginseng is sometimes referred to as quinquefolium. The principle ingredients of American ginseng tea are panax quinquefolium, herbal lysimachiae and radix glycyrrhizae.
The ginseng slices are very popular, because they have already been sliced into thinner pieces and are ready for use. When using the whole root for cooking or ginseng tea, it is often sliced or broken into smaller pieces so that it does not have to simmer for long. The tea can be made from the whole root, slices, ginseng tea cut or ginseng tea bags.
The ginseng can usually be reused for about 2-3 cups of tea and then eaten if desired. Just add the ginseng to hot water and allow it to steep for about 4-5 minutes, or as long as you like, depending on how ""strong"" you like tea. Ginseng tea is very simple to prepare.

This is about 5-8 slices, about 1 teaspoon of ginseng tea cut or powder, or one tea bag. When making ginseng tea, it usually takes about 2-3 grams of ginseng per cup of tea.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Black Tea -- Actually Good For You

You may not realize it but tea is the most consumed beverage in the world except for water. Since it is such a popular drink, it is a good thing that it contains a lot of nourishing properties.
Virtually everybody has heard that old adage "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". People should realize that the ounces of vitamins, food supplements, dietary products, and exercise equipment they buy as a preventative health measure doesn't offset the pounds of fast food, carbonated beverages, cigarettes, and alcohol they consume that are destroying their health. Many people don't realize that one of the easiest, least expensive and effective measures to shift the winning balance to the side of prevention is right under their noses. If you drink tea you are already a winner but here are a few facts regarding black tea and its miraculous effects.
The different teas get their unique color and flavor depending on the amount of processing the leaves go through. There are so many different teas on the market it might surprise you to find out that they all come from only one type of plant called camellia sinensis.
Black tea contains: Favonoids (antioxidants) which improve artery function helping to prevent heart disease and strokes; Tannins which effects gastric and intestinal activity thus helping to control diarrhea (To help with diarrhea let the tea steep for a full 15 minutes); Theophylline, helping to improve cholesterol levels; Fluoride to help prevent tooth decay; Polyphenols, shown by research to increase the number of white blood cells. The leaves are picked, cleaned, sorted and then allowed to oxidize giving it its rich dark color. Black tea, the most common type used in the United States, goes through the most amount of processing.
Black tea also contains vitamins c, a, b, k and traces of minerals including potassium and calcium. Loose tea gives more benefits than tea bags since loose tea goes through less processing.
Studies show that after drinking the caffeine from tea that your energy rises slowly, plateaus and then gradually decreases. Small amounts of caffeine have beneficial effects such as increased energy, improved circulation, and help in the release of waste products. The caffeine starts to release during brewing after about a minute.

Black tea only contains about half as much caffeine as coffee and that level can be reduced by reducing the brewing time.
As you can see black tea is beneficial, so drink up and enjoy without feeling guilty for not drinking herbal tea or green tea. Black tea may be enough to deliver that extra ounce of prevention leading to better health.
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Chinese Green Tea

For most people, the Chinese green tea is a stuff of legends. It has been known to be very beneficial to human health and has been talked about and written about because of its countless positive effects for thousands of years.
800, Chinese tea was brought to Japan by monks who studied Buddhism in China. It is believed that in A.D. The fame of the green tea did not stay at one place for long. Green tea leaves when boiled smelled and tasted so wonderful that Shen Nung even urged his people to drink it.

It was said that while boiling some water for drinking, some leaves fell into his pot from a tree nearby. According to legend, the first person to ever taste Chinese green tea was the Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 B.C.
What makes this green tea different from all other teas?
Chinese tea is produced from Camellia sinensis, the same plant where the oolong and black tea are derived. Yet, even though they all come from the same herb, the Chinese green drinnk truly stands out as an exceptional health drink. So what makes it different?
The difference lies in the method by which this tea is produced. Oolong and black tea leaves are traditionally oxidized and then dried while the Chinese green tea leaves are steamed and then dried. This method of producing green tea actually preserves most of the beneficial antioxidants present in it.
Chinese Green Tea for Health
While it is already common knowledge that green tea has several health benefits, modern scientists were able to provide several concrete proofs of the positive effects of Chinese tea. Its antioxidants are said to be the ones responsible for making the tea very beneficial.
It was also discovered that this healthy tea can have an anti-inflammatory effects and may provide protection against cardiovascular diseases. Recent findings show that the antioxidants in Chinese tea can reduce cholesterol levels in a person; can improve how blood vessels function; and can reduce blood lipids.
Chinese Green Tea for Weight Loss
In their study, they investigated the weight loss benefits of Chinese dieting by observing the interaction between the caffeine in green tea and a compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). According to the researchers of the University of Geneva, green tea has thermogenic properties which aid much in weight loss. Significant findings were made that pointed to the benefits of such a tea in weight loss.
The tendency of Chinese green tea to enhance metabolic rates has given people reason to believe that this tea has weight loss benefits as well. When these two substances in the tea react, thermogenesis of the body increases by four percent.
Drinking Chinese tea allows the body to burn an additional 70 calories a day, a feat that weight loss enthusiasts would relish. The results of the research showed that green tea drinkers have a better propensity for weight loss. Another study concerning the weight loss benefits of Chinese dieting system was also conducted.
Today, Chinese green tea is widely available as a beverage and as an ingredient for weight loss products.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

How I Came To Love Tea

"Theresa, will you take your tea in the garden, or in the lounge, dear?" Margaret pronounced the second "e" as "ay" -- Ther-AY-sa -- making it sound royal to my American ear.
I was staying with Gathaen and Margaret Jones, friends of my parents, during my first trip to England. Margaret informed me right away that it was delightful to have a girl in the house. They had two grown sons, but no daughters, and so I received generous attention.
On sunny mornings, Margaret and I took our tea in the garden. We both preferred being outside. She would spread the daily newspaper out for me "to read at your leisure, dear"--each section stepped down to show the one below.
The "garden" included everything that was outside the back door--table, chairs, chaise lounge, clay flowerpots, an expanse of lawn, and at the far end of the property, a manicured rectangle of vegetables, herbs and flowers. I didn't know much about gardens then, and could recognize only tomatoes and roses. Later, Margaret and I would pick black currents, cucumbers, lettuce, and a variety of flowers. Sooner or later, everything from that garden would land, beautifully arranged, on Margaret's dining table where tea was served several times a day.
She was keen to tutor me on the ways of tea, British style. Margaret didn't approve of the way Americans soaked a tea bag in a cup of hot water.
Tea was always black, perfectly steeped. My hostess glided from kitchen to garden, her accoutrements on a large tray. I remember the china teapot, matching cups and saucers, sugar bowl, teaspoons, and flowered cloth napkins. There were always delicate scones or muffins fresh from her oven and served with soft butter. Freshly picked strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries were piled high in separate small bowls to be enjoyed with thick cream. Margaret insisted I take my tea the British way, with sugar and whole milk. We basked in the morning sun--her patio table had no umbrella--chatting about Lady Diana's wedding.
This was how I fell in love with everything about tea.
I turned up my nose at Lipton in a Styrofoam cup. I realized how spoiled I had been when I came back to the U.S., where hardly anyone I knew served tea in a china pot, as a rule, like Margaret.
Tea drinking has not lost an ounce of charm for me, even two decades later. My senses still become infused with the ritual of preparing tea. The whistle of my copper kettle. The almost-boiling water flowing over lavender-scented green tea leaves just covering the bottom of a two-cup pot. Pouring the steeped amber liquid into my favorite wide-mouthed cup. Carrying my tray to the window, to look out on the first orange and yellow tulips in the small patch of earth behind my townhouse. Closing my eyes I lift the cup to my lips with both hands and take a tiny sip. If it's too hot, I set it down. These in-between moments are meditation. I become hypnotized by color, fragrance, taste. No matter what is happening around me, the space between the sips quiets my mind.
Today, I am creek side, sitting at a black wrought-iron bistro table at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. It's four o'clock and most people have abandoned the patio, no doubt due to the dark clouds tumbling over the Rocky Mountain peaks. I take my time in choosing from the extensive tea menu that looks more like a wine list. What will it be? Scented Black or Oolong? Japanese Cherry Sencha or Moroccan Mint Melody? Those Jasmine Green Pearls are so tempting, though expensive. Splurging, I order a small pot and watch the leaves unfurl. I have plenty of time today, so I sip.
A warm breeze interferes with the jasmine steam rising from my clear cup. Minutes later, a light rain begins but the creek drowns out any sound of drops hitting the table. I watch the space between lazy raindrops.
Sitting in the rain with no umbrella, I think of Margaret.
"Ther-AY-sa! Four-o-clock, dear! Would you be kind enough and set out the crockery?"
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The Health Benefits of Green Tea - Fact or Fairytale?

The Case For Green Tea
Here are some examples. The Chinese have been using it for thousands of years to treat everything from headaches to depression and some of those claims are now starting to be verified by scientific research. Green tea devotees claim that is has many health benefits.
In addition, researchers at the University of Purdue concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Cancer: The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of a study in 1994 which indicated that drinking green tea reduced the risk of oesophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. 1.
It improves the ratio of HDL cholesterol (that's the good kind) to LDL cholesterol (the bad kind). Cholesterol: Some research indicates that drinking green tea can lower your overall cholesterol levels. 2.
In other words the green tea accentuated the stimulant properties of caffeine which raise the metabolic rate. University researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo. Weight Loss: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results in 1999 of a study conducted at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

Tooth Decay: Green tea kills the bacteria that causes dental plaque, thus helping to prevent tooth decay. 4.
Skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market. Infection: Green tea's anti-bacterial properties mean that it can also be used to fight infections and to prevent food poisoning. 5.
What Is Green Tea's Magic Ingredient?
EGCG has also been shown to be effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots that are the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes. EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant that can inhibit, or even stop, the growth of cancer cells without harming normal healthy tissue. The benefits you can get from green tea arise because it is rich in beneficial antioxidants, in particular EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate).
EGCG is twice as powerful as another beneficial antioxidant called resveratrol. This antioxidant occurs in red wine and is the main reason why the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans, even though they have a diet rich in fats, dairy produce and red meat.
The fermentation means the EGCG is converted into other compounds that are not as beneficial. The other part of the secret behind green tea is that the leaves of the same Camellia sinensis plant but the leaves are fermented during processing.
The Case Against Green Tea
On the other hand, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a report in May 2006 stating there is no credible scientific evidence that drinking green tea reduces the risk of heart disease.
The FDA report said it reviewed 105 articles and other publications submitted as part of the petition, but it could not find any evidence to support claims of the beverage's health benefits.
Are There Any Harmful Side Effects?
As you could reasonably expect, if you drink too much green tea you may suffer from insomnia and to date, insomnia is the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea. Green tea does contain caffeine, however it contains less than coffee - approx one third to just over half the amount for the same weight.
Better put the kettle on! So it seems you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by drinking it. Green tea can certainly do you no harm, except to keep you awake at night if you drink too much, whether because of the caffeine or the frequent trips to the bathroom. Research is now steadily accumulating scientific evidence that proves these benefits.

Green tea has been recognized for its curative properties for thousands of years.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Many Benefits of Green Tea Extract

The Benefits of Green Tea Extract: Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer, Weight Control
Green tea: Here are just a few. One of the great advancements in nutrition in the twenty-first century is the scientific confirmation of the many benefits of green tea extract.
Lowers cholesterol
Slows arthritis
Prevents the growth of cancer cells
Assists weight loss
What accounts for the health benefits of green tea extract? Over 1,800 scientific studies have found that the active constituents in green tea are powerful antioxidants. These are called polyphenols (catechins) and flavonols. Epigallocatechin gallate (you can just call it EGCG) is the most powerful of these antioxidants.
Milligram for milligram, EGCG has 25 to 100 times the antioxidant power of vitamins C and E. A cup of green tea has more antioxidants than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots or strawberries.

These abundant antioxidants power the benefits of green tea extract. They keep DNA intact and they stabilize the membranes of cells. These effects of green tea make it a powerful support in many health conditions. Let's look at the benefits of green tea supplements in more detail.

Green tea has been shown to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and serum triglyceride levels.

Who would have imagined that simple green tea could be as potent as Lipitor or Zocor or Crestin with none of their side effects? Scientific studies show that middle-aged men and women in Japan who drink 2 or more cups of green tea a day almost always have normal cholesterol. Scientists have also recently reported that if you drink green tea after you eat a fatty food, less cholesterol will go into you bloodstream.

And if you have high cholesterol when you begin taking green tea supplements, your body will convert less of it into a form that clogs your arteries.

Green tea protects your joints against osteoarthritis.

This is one of the least known but most beneficial effects of green tea extract. Green tea prevents inflammation. When there is less inflammation, there is less wear and tear on your joints.

Green tea prevents the growth of cancer cells.

The EGCG in green tea prevents cancer cells from growing by binding to a specific enzyme. This health benefit of green tea is especially important in cancers of the prostate, breast, and lung.

Researchers studied two groups of men who a pre-cancerous condition of the prostate. One consumed the equivalent of 12 to 15 cups of green tea a day. One did not. One year later, 30% of the men who did not consume green tea supplements developed prostate cancer. Only 3% of the men who took green tea supplements developed cancer.

Another of the benefits of green tea extract is support for women who have breast cancer. Green tea provides chemicals that bind estrogen. This hormone is not then free to stimulate breast cancer cells.

Women who consume the greatest amount of green tea before menopause have the least severe forms of breast cancer when the disease occurs. Women who drink green tea are less likely to have recurrences of breast cancer after treatment. And most important of all, women who consume green tea are 50% less likely to develop breast cancer at all.

Another of the benefits of green tea extract is protection against lung cancer.
The Japanese have both the highest rate of smoking and the lowest rate of lung cancer in the developed world. Japanese smokers who consume a lot of green tea seem to be protected against lung cancer.

And green tea can even help you lose weight. In a clinical trial, men eating a high-fat diet were given enough green tea provide the caffeine in a single cup of coffee. Although this amount of caffeine has no effect on weight loss, when the caffeine comes from green tea, it is highly significant.

The green tea supplement boosted the number of calories burned by 4.5%. While this is just 135 calories a day, the study showed that taking green supplements could help the average man on a high-fat diet lose 18 lbs (8 kg) in a year's time. It could help the average woman on a high-fat diet lose 11 pounds (5 kg). This is without eating less or exercising more.

How Can I Take Green Tea?

The benefits of green tea extract are greatest if you take green tea supplements rather than drink green tea. A study in the December 2004 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed that green supplements get more antioxidants into your bloodstream that drinking green tea. Two capsules of green tea extract a day can provide all the benefits of 20 cups of green tea-all you need to support even difficult health conditions.

Green tea is safe and effective. Take 1 to 3 capsules of green extract every day. It is better to take green tea supplements in the morning or afternoon rather than at night. In the unlikely event of stomach upset, take with food.
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