Health Benefits of Tea

Researchers from several countries have presented evidence that suggests that black teas, green teas and oolong teas, have a protective capability against oral, lung, colon and other cancers. Green teas especially, with more than thirty polyphenols, have a unique beneficial effect on the human system. These polyphenols are also found in fruits and vegetables and act as antioxidants like vitamin C, E, and beta carotene and may reduce serum cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Although the healthful effects of teas have been known to countless generations, recent research shows that drinking tea both black and green, can lead to a long and healthy life. In addition to being a soothing, calming beverage, tea is reported to aid digestion, strengthen the immune system, and reduce the risk of heart disease, all of which play a role in healthy aging. Recent studies in the United States, China and Japan found that drinking green tea inhibits esophageal cancer as well as other types of tumors. Other studies have shown that regular green tea consumption can result in lower incidence of several types of cancers. One possible explanation for this seems to be that the compounds in tea inhibit the formation action of cancer causing substances, such as nitrosamines, which are the by product of cooking meats and fish.

In addition to other dietary and lifestyle factors, tea has been shown to contribute to a healthy heart. By inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol in the digestive tract, tea helps prevent the formation of unwanted clots which may cause a heart attack or stroke. All types of tea black, green and oolong, contain some caffeine, although the amounts vary. Green tea, which is not fermented, has about one-third the caffeine per cup of black tea, which is fully fermented. Oolong is semi-fermented and has about half as much caffeine as black tea. Coffee by contrast, has about twice as much caffeine as black tea.

by Dr. JP Saleeby

Q: An ad said I could lose weight by drinking Oo-long (Oolong, Wu-long) tea because it burns fat. Is This True??

A: A thorough examination of the published medical literature reveals that this is true.  Oolong or Wu-long tea, which is a partially-oxidized tea, has been reported to have anti-obesity effects in laboratory animals as well as in human subjects.  Oolong tea in fact lessens absorption of fats, increases the body's metablolisam, and is responsible for noradrenaline-induced breakdown of adipose (fatty) tissue.  Oolong tea also exhibits cholesterol-lowering effects and reduces blood glucose.  This does not appear to be the result of a caffeine effect, for oolong tea contains half  the caffeine of green tea, but double the polymerized polyphenols (anti-oxidants).  When teas are compared,, Oolong tea trumps pu-erh, black, and green tea in suppressing body weight. 

HERE'S A TIP FOR YOU !!!

Purdue University researchers found that adding a squeeze of lemon increases the action of green tea's slimming antioxidants by up to 80%

Impressive new Chinese research proves that green tea can shrink your BMI (Body Mass Index) in 90 days or less.  The great news?  You can lose 32 lbs and 6 inches from your waist without giving up your favorite foods.

Imagine for a moment that fighting flab was as easy as sinking into your favoirite chair and savoring a steamy mug of tea.  To most of us, that sounds like a fantasy.  To many tea experts, it sounds like scientific reality.  Green Tea can have a very real positive effect on weight loss and body shape, insists Niels Boon, Ph.D., of the Lipton Institute of Tea. And there's more proof to back him up than ever before.  The most exciting new research comes from a Chinese university, where it was discovered that overweight folks put on a special green tea regimen for 90 days saw dramatic decreases in body weight, waist circumference and body-mass index (BMI) compared to folks who didn't get the green tea boost.  And there was no dieting involved!!!

How dramatic could green tea make things for you?  When a group of average readers tested the green tea trick , they lost up to 6.5 pounds and five inches of belly fat in seven (7) days-and that was without limiting their portions.  No wonder this new slim-down approch got raves all around!

TRY THIS AT HOME!!

Chinese researchers calculated that folks would get mzximum benefits from nine cups of tea a day; because that's a bit much even for many tea lover, the Chinese team compromised.  Participants got the equivalent of 9 cups of tea a day-a mix of brewed tea and MATCHA.  One cup of Matcha is equivalent to 8 cups of green tea.  When drinking MATCHA, you are ingesting the entire tea leaf, not just the tea made from the leaf.    To use the same strategy at home, aim for a 900-mg. daily dose of "catechins," the active ingredient in tea.  "One cup of strong green tea contains about 100 mg. of catechins"says Boon.  Most green tea supplements also contain 100 mg. of catechins.  Simply use any combination of tea and/or supplements and/or Matcha that suits your lifestyle best.

WHY IT WORKS

For starters, there's evidence that catechins lower levels of the hunger hormone leptin.  At the same time, tea gives us a shot of l-theanine, an amino acid that further suppresses hunger. But is's not just about appetite.  Landmark Swiss research found that catechins boost metabolisum by 4%.  Meanwhile, a British study demonstrated that catechins reduce fat storage hormones by up to 15%-which helps block fat storage and increases fat burning.  One more: Green tea has been shown to lower levels of stress hormones linked to belly fat!!!

THE COMMON MISTAKE THAT STRIPS TEA OF ITS HEALTH BENEFITS

You've read all about the many health benefits of drinking tea.  But did you know that you could be making a common mistake that totally strips the tea of those benefits?  It's true!  Tea contains beneficial coompounds called catechins,  which help your arteries contract and expand.  But here's the problem:  When you add milk to your tea,  the milk protein deactivates the catechins.  In fact, a recent university study show that tea with milk in it is no better for your arteries than drinking plain hot water!  So next time you have a cup of tea,  skip the milk.  Try some honey or lemon instead.

DRINK TEA DAILY !!!  Three cups a day help prevent Stroke

There are very few known ways to reduce the risk of stroke, but a recent UCLA study found that drinking at least three cups of green or black tea a day may offer significant protection.  The researchers are not exactly sure which compound in tea reduces the risk but speculate that it might be either the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) or the amino acid theanine, both of which are readily absorbed by the body. The amino acid theanine, in particular, is known to be able to cross the blood/brain barrier, helping in this way to prevent an ischemic stroke.

These are exciting findings, as developing medications for stroke victims is quite challenging; drugs have to get to the stroke-damaged site quickly because damage occurs so fast.

Tea might offer a way to prevent strokes in the first place !!!

(University of California-Los Angeles, March 2009)

 

11 REASONS TO DRINK GREEN TEA:

1.  Lowers the risk of cancer

2.  Lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease

3.  Improves dental health and bone density

4.  Prevents infection

5.  Strengthens Capillaries

6.  Reduces cholesterol, especially low density lipoprotein (LDL)

7.  Natural diuretic

8.  Helps you focus and stimulates your thinking

9.  Refreshing and relaxing

10.  And most important, it tastes great.

11.  Lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease


WHITE TEA

If you drink tea for health reasons, you probably drink Green tea, but research now shows us that drinking White tea is actually even healthier for you than drinking Green tea.

Antioxidant Levels - White Tea has more antioxidants than any other kind of tea, including Green Tea. In fact, study after study is now telling us that White Tea is the healthiest of all teas. According to Dr. Roberta Lee.
· White Tea has 10x the antioxidants found in vitamin E. 
· White Tea also has 20x the antioxidants found in vitamin C.

Cardiovascular Health - Tea may inhibit oxidation of LDL (low density lipoproteins), sometimes referred to as "bad cholesterol". Scientists believe that oxidized LDL is a potent initiator of coronary heart disease. White tea also reduces high blood pressure by inhibiting the formation of certain enzymes that cause constriction in blood vessels.

Healthy Teeth - One of the added benefits of drinking White tea that many don't realize is that it is far less likely to stain your teeth than when drinking coffee or even other tea varieties. 

Antimutagenic - In vitro studies show both green and black tea polyphenols inhibit the mutagenic action of a diverse group of carcinogens. The seeds of cancer planted in DNA by carcinogens are blocked in the very stage of their formation by catechins and other polyphenols found in tea.

White Tea is the most minimally processed of all tea varietals, helping to preserve its powerful health benefits. Modern research shows that White Tea retains the highest level of disease preventative antioxidants known as polyphenols.

Once reserved for the cups of emperors and nobility, this magnificent high mountain China White Tea still remains one of the rarest of all teas. The tender white downy buds are painstakingly hand-plucked, only two days of the year, right before the leaf opens. So small is the yield, so high is the demand, that it is one of the world's most expensive teas.

We have procured this season's harvest to take advantage of a new manufacturing technique allowing us to offer White Tea in a full leaf. We are honored to offer you this pure, delicate brew. You are sure to delight in its subtle, sweet, lingering finish. Indulge in the ultimate cup that is White Tea.

Discover tea in its most natural state...here's to your health.

RED TOOIBOS TEA

Health benefits of red rooibos tea include cure for nagging headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone strength, hypertension, allergy, aging and others. The tea is absolutely free from caffeine content and is also low in tannin. You can enjoy the relishing beverage all day long with no possible side effects. Drinking rooibos tea can further ease severe stomach cramps; bring relief to asthmatic and other similar conditions. It also boosts the immune system of human body.
Health benefits of red rooibos tea are abundant. This form of tea is popular due to its great taste, color and health benefits. Rooibos tea or red tea is a herbal medicinal beverage that is acquired from the Aspalathus linearis bushy plant that is found in South Africa. According to South African Rooibos Council, rooibos is not a true tea, but a herb. The fermented tea is red in color. Its medicinal attributes introduce a number of health benefits of red rooibos tea. The US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC has affirmed that red rooibos tea is capable of reducing cancer, heart disease, aging and other setbacks.

Nutritional Value: Red rooibos tea has no oxalic acid and therefore, it can also be consumed by those people who have kidney stones. Rooibos tea is rich in many mineral contents such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy.

Benefits: Red rooibos tea is one of the best health drink or beverage for all those who care for their health and fitness. Some of the beneficial factors related to red rooibos tea are as follows:

Polyphenols: Rooibos contains polyphenols that has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-mutagenic qualities. 

No Caffeine: Rooibos tea is totally caffeine-free, therefore it is recommended by doctors for insomniacs. A cup of rooibos beverage just before going to bed can help you sleep better. 

Good for Bones: Red tea is rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals that assist in good bone structure and stronger teeth. 

Infant Relief: It can be useful for little infants who suffer from colic or stomach pains. You may add some sweetened milk to the tea for added taste. 

Good for Skin: The alpha hydroxyl acid and zinc contents in red tea are best for skin. You can also try applying some red tea powder directly to the skin to relieve acne, pimples, sunburns or related skin conditions. 

Kidney Stones: Even people with stone problem can drink as much red rooibos tea as they want as there is no oxalic acid in the beverage. 

Hypertension: Rooibos tea is said to bring relief to stress, nervous tensions and hypertension conditions. 

Anti-spasmodic Agents: The tea is rich in anti-spasmodic agents, which eases severe stomach cramps and abdominal pains. 

Allergies: In many parts of South Africa, red tea is used as an effective curative to treat allergies like eczema, hay fever and allergic bronchitis. 

Slows Aging: The anti-oxidants present in rooibos tea slows down human aging process and also boost the immunity levels of human body. 

Great Beverage: Red rooibos tea is an excellent thirst quencher and does wonders for active people such as sportsmen, hyper active children and constant travelers. Most people love to drink rooibos tea in its natural form without any sweeteners. 

Rare Nutrients: Rooibos tea is said to contain rare nutrient contents such as Quercetin and Bioflavanoid that assists in good blood circulation and obstructs hemorrhaging. 

This article was contributed by Seema Adnani
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References: US Department of Agriculture and South African Rooibos Council

YERBA MATE
(The Coffee of Tea)

Health Benefits

Yerba Mate Provides a Wealth of Nutrients

The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 were interested in this healthy source of vitamins and did a thorough study of its properties. The investigators concluded “It is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value” and that yerba mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.”

In addition, results from a study done by researchers at the University of Madrid assert a high content of mineral elements, especially K, Mg, and Mn, in mate. They considered those findings” to be of great relevance” to the nutritional value of mate infusions.

The nutritional value associated with Yerba Mate.

While yerba mate has been used as a base for herbal medicines in South America for centuries, the plant’s benefits and therapeutic properties have recently been verified by a number of scientific studies. The chemical components of yerba mate are similar to those found in green tea; however, yerba mate is much more nutritious.

Each infusion of yerba mate contains:

Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flovonols, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.

ALKALINE AND ACID FORMING FOODS

The body needs both types of foods. However alkaline forming food should predominate over acid forming ones. Everyone is different, but for most, the ideal diet is 75 percent alkalizing and 25 percent acidifying foods by volume.


Acid forming foods meat, sugars, eggs and dairy and most grains, white flour and carbonated beverages are acid forming. Drugs are acid forming. Artificial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Equal, or Aspartame, are extremely acid-forming. 
 

Over acidity, which can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems, is very common today. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH-balanced environment which allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease. A healthy body maintains adequate alkaline reserves (Electrolytes) to meet emergency demands. When excess acids must be neutralized our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition.

This condition forces the body to borrow the (Electrolyte) minerals-including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium-from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. Because of this strain, the body can suffer severe and prolonged damage due to high acidity, a condition that may go undetected for years.

Acid forming foods rob your body of critical electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium). These nutrients are critical for neutralizing acids. Only fresh fruits and vegetables are alkaline producing to help your body maintain a healthy pH balance.

Studies have consistently shown that heavy consumers of soft drinks (with or without sugar) lose huge amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals into their urine. The more mineral loss, the greater the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and a long list of degenerative diseases.

 

 

 BLOOD PH

 pH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14—the lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution.

When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7 which is neutral. A healthy pH of 7.4 - 7.5 is desirable. When healthy, the pH of blood is 7.4, the pH of spinal fluid is 7.4, and the pH of saliva is 7.4. The pH of saliva parallels the extra cellular fluid... pH test of saliva represents the most consistent and most definitive physical sign of the ionic calcium deficiency syndrome. It is scientifically documented that up to 150 diseases are related to calcium deficiency.

It is important to understand that we are not talking about stomach acid or the pH of the stomach. We are talking about the pH of the body's fluids and tissues which is an entirely different matter.

 

 Don't Be Fooled
The foods we eat are digested and they break down into either an acid or an alkaline end-product in our tissues. This end-product is called the "ash" and is what remains in the body after the food has been broken down. Foods that produce an alkaline ash are called "alkaline forming food" whereas those producing acid ash are called "acid-forming" foods.

Important. A food's acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example: Though lemons, limes, and grapefruits are chemically acid, tests show that when they are metabolized in the body they actually have an alkalizing effect and are very beneficial. They have very little sugar. And they contain an abundance of oxygen. Lemons are said to be the richest source of minerals and vitamins of any food or foods known to man.

Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid-forming. 

Acid forming foods such as (meats, eggs, diary, white sugar and white flour, carbonated beverages and artificial chemical sweetener's like NutraSweet, Equal, or Aspartame) should be limited. Of course, you would do better with the least amount of meat and no milk products as they are very productive of mucus and hinder digestion and absorption of nutrients.

The internal balance of your pH is very important, unfortunately few medical practitioners in western medicine are aware of the major role it plays in causing diseases. 

Fresh fruits and vegetables are alkaline forming in the body and contain many electrolyte minerals that help to maintain a healthy pH balance of 7.4 and a reserve of critical electrolytes.

Alkalizing the body fluids (raising pH) is one of the single most important health regeneration benefits available as disease causing microforms (fungi, bacteria, virus etc.) cannot survive in an alkaline oxygenated environment. 

 Alkaline Forming Foods 

VEGETABLES
 

 
Garlic
Asparagus
Fermented Veggies
Watercress
Beets
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Dulce
Dandelions
Edible Flowers
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens
Nightshade Veggies
FRUITS
 
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Watermelon

PROTEIN
Whey Protein Powder
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Yogurt
Almonds
Chestnuts
Tofu (fermented)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Tempeh (fermented)
Squash Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Millet
Sprouted Seeds
Nuts
OTHER
 
SWEETENERS
Stevia

SPICES/SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs

ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame
Sea Veggies
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Probiotic Cultures
Green Juices
Veggies Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk
(unpasteurized)
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea
Ginseng Tea
Banchi Tea
Kombucha

 

 

 

ACID FORMING FOODS

 

FATS & OILS
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

FRUITS
Cranberries
GRAINS
Rice Cakes
Wheat Cakes
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Oats (rolled)
Quinoi
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Kamut
Wheat
Hemp Seed Flour

DAIRY
Cheese, Cow
Cheese, Goat
Cheese, Processed
Cheese, Sheep
Milk
Butter

NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ANIMAL PROTEIN
Eggs
Beef
Carp
Clams
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
Venison

PASTA (WHITE)
Noodles
Macaroni
Spaghetti

OTHER
Distilled Vinegar
Wheat Germ
Potatoes
DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Pesticides
Herbicides

ALCOHOL
Beer
Spirits
Hard Liquor
Wine

BEANS & LEGUMES
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans
Rice Milk
Almond Milk
 
 
 

 

 ALKALINE AND ACID FORMING FOODS CHART 

Most Alkaline

Alkaline

Lowest Alkaline

FOOD CATEGORY

Lowest Acid

Acid

Most Acid

 

 

Raw Honey, Raw Sugar

SWEETENERS

Processed Honey, Molasses

White Sugar, Brown Sugar

NutraSweet, Equal, Aspartame, Sweet 'N Low

Lemons, Watermelon, Limes, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Papayas

Dates, Figs, Melons, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Berries, Apples, Pears, Raisins

Oranges, Bananas, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados

FRUITS

Plums, Processed Fruit Juices

Sour Cherries, Rhubarb

Blueberries, Cranberries, Prunes

Asparagus, Onions, Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Garlic

Okra, Squash, Green Beans, Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Carob

Carrots, Tomatoes, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Peas, Potato Skins, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu

BEANS VEGETABLES LEGUMES

Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans, String Beans

Potatoes (without skins), Pinto Beans, Navy Beans, Lima Beans

Chocolate

   

Almonds

Chestnuts

NUTS SEEDS

Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds

Pecans, Cashews

Peanuts, Walnuts

 

Flax Seed Oil

Canola Oil

OILS

Corn Oil

   

   

   

   

Amaranth, Millet, Wild Rice, Quinoa

GRAINS CEREALS

Sprouted Wheat Bread, Spelt, Brown Rice

White Rice, Corn, Buckwheat, Oats, Rye

Wheat, White Flour, Pastries, Pasta

   

   

   

MEATS

Venison, Cold Water Fish

Turkey, Chicken, Lamb

Beef, Pork, Shellfish

   

Breast Milk

Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey

EGGS DAIRY

Eggs, Butter, Yogurt, Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese

Raw Milk

Cheese, Homogenized Milk, Ice Cream

Herb Teas, Lemon Water

Green Tea

Ginger Tea

BEVERAGES

Tea

Coffee

Beer, Soft Drinks