Health Benefits of Green Tea

July 12, 2015 at 5:15 AM | Posted in green tea | Leave a comment
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I’ve been a Green Tea Drinker now since 2004. My Tea of preference is Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I’m a Melanoma Cancer Survivor, and lost my left leg and almost my life to the Cancer. But I survived and I made changes to my diet and added Green Tea. I had read all the positive benefits of drinking Green Tea so that’s why I started drinking it. I’m still Cancer Free and it’s now 2015, 11 years Cancer Free! I’m sure the change in diet and exercise plays a big part in everything but I truly believe that Green Tea plays a big part in that also. Anyway here’s some facts I gathered on – The Health Benefits of Green Tea.

 
* It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Here are 10 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.
Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure.

What’s good for the heart is usually good for the brain; your brain needs healthy blood vessels, too. In one Swiss study, MRIs revealed that people who drank green tea had greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains. Green tea has also been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Green tea seems to help keep blood sugar stable in people with diabetes. Because catechins lower cholesterol and blood pressure, they can help protect against the damage a high-fat diet can cause.
How it Works
Premium green tea is a varietal of the Camellia sinensis bush. Green tea leaves are not oxidized or fermented. Green tea is processed with a three-stage system of steaming, rolling and firing the tea leaves which retains crucial molecules called polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants. These polyphenols, specifically catechins, and their effects on the body, have led researchers to support the health benefits of green tea.

1) Cardiovascular Health
A Japanese study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association followed 40,000 people over an 11-year period and determined that those who drank at least five cups of green tea daily were significantly less likely to suffer from cardiovascular complications and death, particularly from stroke. The results were attributed to green tea’s polyphenols and their effects on helping to prevent the thickening of artery walls.

2) Cholesterol Levels
A study published in the British Medical Journal of over 1,000 Japanese men over the age of 40 who drank large quantities of tea, daily, showed that cholesterol levels remained balanced over time. They concluded that the anti-inflammatory compounds contained in green tea help to limit the absorption of cholesterol.

3) Weight Loss
Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, a study was conducted on the health effects of green tea catechins in overweight and obese men. Over time, a lower body mass suggested that green tea’s catechins may increase metabolic function and decreased body weight.

4) Aging and Cognitive Function
Research published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research found that the properties contained in green tea helped to improve cognitive function in the part of the brain that controls short and long term memory. Catechins contained in green tea are believed to have aided in increased brain cell production during the study.

5) Reduced Stress

Research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently found that individuals who drank five or more cups of green tea daily were much less likely to suffer from stress than those who drank one cup or less a day.
Furthermore, the ritual of steeping green tea encourages a relaxing, Sip-by-Sip lifestyle.

The health benefits don’t end here; green tea and the effects of its antioxidants are currently being researched as an aid to treating and preventing diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue and many other ailments. It is time to discover why many tea enthusiasts have long enjoyed this nourishing beverage that contains so many healthful antioxidants.

 

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/health-benefits-of-green-tea

 

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Drink (green tea) to your health!

June 5, 2014 at 9:17 AM | Posted in green tea | Leave a comment
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A very good article from the Dallas News on one of my favorite drinks, Green Tea. I’m having a cup right now!

 
Drink (green tea) to your health!
By jane sadler

 

Today, my physician assistant needed something to calm her pregnancy-related nausea. She was green as a glass of green tea and in need of assistance. As she cannot tolerate routine prescription anti-nausea medication, I offered her a more natural alternative with a cup of diluted green tea to calm her symptoms.

Green tea has been used in both traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to decrease and control bleeding, improve heart and mental health and aid in digestion. Some studies have shown that green tea may be an adjunct to successful weight loss and even improve liver health in some diabetics.

A new study suggests that green tea “disrupts the metabolism of cancer cells” in pancreatic cancer and could reduce the risk of other cancers or slow its progression.

While facts have been contested, Anti-oxidants may help your body to prevent inflammation that can cause organ damage and adversely affect your immune system. Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a potent anti-oxidant. EGCG is the active ingredient in green tea that is thought to be helpful for stomach problems like vomiting and diarrhea, lower blood pressure, improve type 2 diabetes, cholesterol, memory retention and cancer prevention.

Recently, Veregen, a green tea extract, has been tested and approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to treat genital warts.

Green tea, like black tea, is made from the Camellia sinesis plant, a shrub native to Asia. Unlike black tea, green tea is thought to have higher levels of antioxidants because green tea is less fermented. These less processed plants better retain their vital nutrients.

Studies investigating green tea have not been conclusive; therefore, the FDA does not currently recommend using green tea to treat the above conditions.

The amount of green tea that needs to be consumed to show benefits varies in studies from 3-10 cups per day. It has been suggested that bottled green teas may not have as high levels of EGCG as natural steeped tea and may contain extra ingredients. At 20-45mg per 8 ounces, its caffeine content is approximately ½ the caffeine contained in a cup of coffee.

Talk to your doctor before consuming large amounts of green tea as there can be side effects. Unregulated (i.e. imported) green tea extract may not be safe as they may contain unknown ingredients such as lead.

As for my physician assistant, she looks much less green after her green tea.

**Written with the assistance of Texas A&M medical student, Rhoda Jamadar

 
http://healthblog.dallasnews.com/2014/06/drink-green-tea-to-your-health.html/

One Cold Spring Morning!

April 16, 2014 at 7:44 AM | Posted in breakfast, Eggs, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 2 Comments
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They say it’s Spring but it sure doesn’t feel like it this morning! It’s sunny but only 22 degrees as I go to grab the morning paper. Cold or not, I started my morning off right with a delicious and healthy Breakfast. I prepared one Egg Sunny Side Up, 2 Jennie – O Turkey Sausage Patties, 2 Slices of Klosterman Wheat Bread (buttered with I can’t Believe It’s Not Butter), and a cup of hot brewed Bigelow Green Tea. Add the Morning Paper and I’m all set for the day! Now if it would just warm up and stay warm!

Breakfast – Turkey and Potato Hash w/ Sunny Side Up Egg

March 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM | Posted in breakfast, Eggs, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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A beautiful sunny morning out this morning! Went out and grabbed the morning papers and came back in and prepared a Hearty and Turkey Potato Hash Egg 004Healthy Breakfast, Turkey and Potato Hash w/ Sunny Side Up Egg and a fresh brewed cup of Green Tea!

 
For the Hash I used some of the leftover Turkey Breast from dinner the other night. Reseasoned it a bit and fork shredded it. Using a small skillet, sprayed it with Pam Spray and added 1 tablespoon of Canola Oil and heated it on medium heat. When the Oil had heated up I added some Simply potatoes Hash Browns, seasoned them with Sea salt, Ground Black Pepper, and Parsley Flakes. As the Potatoes were frying in another skillet I fried one Egg Sunny Side Up. Then as the potatoes were almost done I added the shredded Turkey Breast. As the Hash finished I topped it my Sunny Side Up Egg. Breakfast was served! I also had 2 slices of Toast, a fresh brewed cup of Bigelow Green Tea. One great way to start the day!

 

 

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Good and Healthy Way to Start the Day!

January 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM | Posted in breakfast, Eggs, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Sargento's Cheese | Leave a comment
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I made Breakfast for everyone this morning. I made several Breakfast Sandwiches with Healthy Life Multi-Grain English Muffins, Jennie O Turkey Sausage Patties 003Eggs, Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties, and Sargento Reduced Calorie Shredded Sharp Cheddar. These combine to make great tasting Breakfast Sandwich, and healthy too! The Jennie – O Patties are only 90 calories for a serving of 2 Patties. I made the folks Coffee and a Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for myself.

 

 
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* 90 calories
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Cloudy Outside but Sunny Inside!

October 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM | Posted in breakfast, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Eggs, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Jennie-O Turkey Products, turkey bacon | 1 Comment
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A cloudy and rainy morning outside but it was Sunnyside Up with Turkey Bacon and Toast on the inside. It was gloomy and a slow drizzle of rain early this morning so what better way to brighten it up than a hot and delicious Breakfast! I got the flat top griddle out which I love using. It cooks everything evenly and no oil needed, just a light coat of Pam With Olive Oil. I fried up an 1 Egg Sunnyside Up, 3 slices of Jennie – O Lean Turkey Bacon (30 calories and 0 carbs per slice), and 2 slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Throw in the Morning Papers and fresh cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea and washes away that gloomy day outside. The Sun is breaking out as I’m writing this!

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