5 reasons to start drinking green tea today..

November 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM | Posted in green tea | Leave a comment
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Excellent article on my favorite health drink, Green Tea. I left the link to the article at the bottom of the page. Check the site out while there, seems to have a lot of good info!

 
5 reasons to start drinking green tea today

 

Kriti Saraswat November 6,

 
Fit celebrities and nutritionists alike will tell you that green tea is a vital part of a healthy diet. Ever wondered what makes this beverage such a big hit? For starters, a cup of green tea contains as little as 2 calories which makes it ideal for weight-watchers. Here are other reasons to start with your green cuppa today.

Fights cancer:
Green tea is full of antioxidants which help in preventing various kinds of cancers. Antioxidants avert the damage caused by free radicals (molecules produced when the body breaks down food or due to smoking, drinking, etc) by attacking them before they can damage healthy cells. This in turn protects the body from various ailments. (Read: Drink green tea for weight loss and to keep heart disease at bay!)

Keeps heart healthy:
Drinking green tea regularly can help you keep heart ailments like stroke at bay. This is because it lowers the bad cholesterol in your body and prevents blockage around the arteries.

Aids in weight loss:
It is a low-calorie drink no doubt. But it is also good for your metabolism as it increases it which means you burn more calories faster. It also stimulates the nervous system which enhances the fat-burning process. Team it with 30 minutes of daily exercise and right diet and you are sure to get a toned body.

Slows skin ageing:
Since green tea has antioxidants, it slows down the ageing process and makes your skin look youthful. The skin shows signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles, etc when it is not well-hydrated and as one nears menopause. In order to combat this, drink green tea daily which will reduce the appearance of lines by boosting collagen production. (Read: 3 secret anti-ageing potions revealed)

Regulates blood sugar levels:
Diabetics often have to worry about the spike in their blood sugar levels after a meal. Drinking green tea will regulate as it has polyphenols and polysaccharides which are effective in lowering these levels. According to researchers, a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallete (EGCG) inhibits the production of glucose in the liver in turn lowering the blood sugar levels.

How to make green tea

Switch to green tea for your health’s sake. A cup in the morning or before bed is ideally recommended but you can have it any time according to your preference. Here’s how you can make a perfect cup of green tea:

Boil water in a vessel. Now add one teaspoon of green tea leaves in it. (If you are making more than one cup, add one tsp for every cup). Let the leaves boil for 2-3 minutes at least and then turn off the gas.

Place a sieve over the cup and strain the water in it. Now add a spoon of honey in it. You can also add a dash of lemon for that extra zing. Mix well and enjoy.

These days, there are green teabags available in the market in various flavours including mint, lemon, etc. You can use these too. Just place the teabag in the cup and add hot water. Let it settle for 2-3 minutes and then add honey and enjoy your tea.

 

 

http://health.india.com/fitness/5-reasons-to-start-drinking-green-tea-today/

You Should Be Drinking Green Tea, Already (A New Study Says It Could Even Prevent Breast Cancer)

March 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM | Posted in green tea | 3 Comments
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You Should Be Drinking Green Tea, Already (A New Study Says It Could Even Prevent Breast Cancer)

 

A new study says green tea could lower breast cancer risk, because it can change the way we metabolize oestrogen. With about a million other research studies enumerating the health benefits of green tea (and conflicting information about whether coffee is really all that good for you), this is hardly the first report that makes us think green tea might be the better way to caffeinate. But for women, this could be a pretty big “pro” for team green tea.

Dr. Barbara Fuhrman of the National Cancer Instutute led the small-scale study, which was published in Nutrition Journal, and found that daily drinking lowered levels of oestrogen metabolites, both for pre- and post-menopausal women. In past studies, higher levels of oestrogen metabolites have been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, so the study suggests that regular consumption of green tea could lower risk of breast cancer.

The researchers believe this is a result of green tea’s polyphenols, which include flavonoids and the ECGC found in green tea extracts. According to Nutraingredients.com, the researchers explained:

“Among postmenopausal Japanese American women, we observed that more frequent intake of green tea was associated with reduced urinary concentrations of oestrone. As a rich source of phytochemicals that can interact with and regulate xenobiotic metabolising enzymes, green tea may modify metabolism or conjugation of oestrogens and may thereby impact breast cancer risk.”

Incidentally, polyphenols are behind a long list of other green tea benefits, like:
Incidentally, polyphenols are behind a long list of other green tea benefits, like:

Alzheimer’s prevention
younger looking skin
reducing inflammation
weight loss, reducing belly fat, protecting your eyes, and even beating superbugs
In conclusion? You should be drinking green tea, already.

Photo: flickr user A Girl With Tea

 

Read more: http://www.blisstree.com/2013/02/25/food/nutrition/green-tea-benefits/#ixzz2M2WrJhIZ

Diabetes Helped by Green Tea, New Studies

January 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, green tea | Leave a comment
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Diabetes Helped by Green Tea, New Studies

 

By Deborah Mitchell on January 25, 2013

 

 

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and can be a challenge to treat. Several new studies show how green tea may help patientsGreen tea better manage this disease and diabetic complications.

Green tea has compounds that help diabetes
Green tea is widely studied for a variety of health issues, and for good reason. Among its many helpful components are potent antioxidants called polyphenols, and a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is of special interest.

In fact, scientists are so interested in EGCG, there is currently a clinical trial underway that is exploring how the green tea component affects the body’s response to insulin. While that study is underway, others have been completed, and here are some of the findings.

In a new study from Brazil, researchers explored the ability of green tea to protect the retina in diabetic rats. This information is critical because diabetics are prone to developing diabetic retinopathy, an eye condition that can result in blindness.

The researchers administered green tea to rats with diabetes and hypertension for 12 weeks. They discovered how treatment with green tea protected the retina against damage associated with glutamate (an amino acid) toxicity. Based on this finding, they noted they had found “a novel mechanism by which GT [green tea] protects the retina against neurodegeneration in disorders such as diabetic retinopathy.”

In a new study released in the February 2013 issue of Current Opinion in Lipidology, the multinational team of investigators reported on results from studies on plant components called flavonoids and the development of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Based on their analysis, they noted that “the strongest evidence exists for a beneficial effect of green tea” on bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, LDL) levels and that “flavan-3-ols from green tea and cocoa may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.” They did stress, however, that more trials need to be conducted to confirm these findings.

Finally, in a new study from China, a research team looked at the effect of green tea polyphenols on fat deposits in rats fed a high-fat diet. Since overweight, obesity, and diet are critical factors in type 2 diabetes, patients and experts alike are always interested in ways to better manage these risk factors.

In the study, the rats were fed a high-fat diet and given three different dosages of green tea polyphenols in their drinking water. Over time, the scientists observed that the green tea polyphenols reduced fat deposit and levels of adiponectin (a protein that has an important role in glucose and lipid metabolism), as well as other benefits important for diabetes.

Can drinking green tea and/or taking green tea supplements improve your ability to prevent or manage diabetes and its complications? So far there is a considerable body of evidence suggesting green tea and its potent polyphenols have the potential to help individuals who have diabetes and diabetes risk factors, and these new studies add to the growing literature.

 

 

http://www.emaxhealth.com/1275/diabetes-helped-green-tea-new-studies

(Green) Tea Time

December 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM | Posted in green tea | 1 Comment
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(Green) Tea Time

 

Amy Schafer, Alligator Blogger

 

Tea has been referred to medicine in a mug for years. Tea has been linked to good health for centuries. It seems like every day there is new research about a new benefit of green tea. From weight loss powers to cancer-fighting antioxidants, green tea is a cup of gold.
According to research published in the journal Immunology Letters, green tea boosts the immune system by increasing the number of T cells in the body. T cells work to support immune function and suppress autoimmune diseases. Drinking green tea regularly is a good way to naturally protect the immune system without pharmaceutical drugs.
A study at the University of Stratheclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, found that green tea can actually shrink cancer tumors. These results occurred when green tea extract was applied directly to the tumors, so drinking green tea could have similar effects.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that drinking green tea helps functioning as we age. The journal cites a study that found green tea consumption to significantly decrease the risk of functional disability.
Green tea is also known to be a detoxifier. Green tea can help your body naturally get rid of waste and toxins. The beverage is also known to help with easing digestion.
The antioxidant EGCG found in green tea can protect the skin from the damages of free radicals. Free radicals diminish the skin’s collagen and cause wrinkles. The polyphenols in green tea can also revitalize dying skin cells.
If green tea isn’t your “cup of tea,” consider trying black, white, oolong or herbal teas. Each type of tea has different health benefits and varying tastes.

 

http://www.alligator.org/blogs/sunday/health/article_d9e4f150-3c43-11e2-990d-001a4bcf887a.html

9 reason why you should drink green tea

November 5, 2012 at 9:01 AM | Posted in green tea | 2 Comments
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Came across this article yesterday and wanted to pass it along. It’s all about one of my favorite drinks, Green Tea! I left the web link so you can read the entire article.

 

9 reason why you should drink green tea

 

Zeenews Bureau

 

It’s official that tea is good for your health. So go ahead and relish that hot cup of green tea to realize its power and enjoy its numerous health benefits.

Helps you lose weight

If you want to cut those extra inches around your tummy, switching to green tea could be a….

 

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http://zeenews.india.com/news/health/healthy-eating/9-reason-why-you-should-drink-green-tea_19497.html

 

 

 

Study Reveals How Green Tea Improves Memory

October 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM | Posted in green tea | 1 Comment
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For all you Green Tea lover’s out there a very good article on Green Tea. I left the web link at the bottom of the post.

 

Study Reveals How Green Tea Improves Memory

by Diana Gitig

Green tea has been enjoyed for centuries, and its benefits have been widely touted. It is reputed to help treat many of modernity’s worst ills, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, HIV infection, and neurodegenerative diseases. New work done in China furthers the observations that green tea can help prevent neurodegeneration. The report, published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, starts to elucidate the mechanism by which it does so.

Green tea is rich in a group of antioxidant known as catechins. Antioxidants are important for neutralizing free radicals that we absorb form the environment and that can damage DNA, leading to tumor formation. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most common catechin in tea leaves; it is found in green tea but not black tea, because the oxidation process used to make black tea destroys it.

The new study was based on a number of premises. First, there is epidemiological evidence that green tea consumption is inversely correlated with the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. Next, work done in animals suggests that EGCG protects against age-related cognitive decline. And last, it is known that new nerves can be generated in the hippocampus, even in adults. The hippocampus is a region of the brain important for consolidating short-term memories into long-term memories, and it also plays a role in spatial navigation. The generation of new neurons in the hippocampus, a process called hippocampal neurogenesis, declines with age, and this decline is associated with neurodegenerative diseases and the memory problems and disorientation that accompany them. Thus, the researchers wanted to see if EGCG might alleviate neurodegeneration by promoting hippocampal neurogenesis in adults, and if so, how.

They applied EGCG to murine neural progenitor cells growing in dishes and found that EGCG enhanced the proliferation of these cells. When they isolated hippocampal neurons from adult mice that had been injected with ECGC, they found that those cells, too, grew more than cells from mice who received a control injection of saline. Moreover, the mice who received an injection of ECGC exhibited improved spatial learning and memory; treated mice found a hidden platform more quickly than control mice.

When they looked for the molecular modulator of ECGC’s ability to stimulate neuronal growth in the hippocampus their attention fell upon sonic hedgehog (SHH), a protein vital in both the development of the brain during embryogenesis as well as maintenance of neural progenitor cells in the adult brain. And yes, it is named for the video game character. It turns out that ECGC increases the amount of sonic hedgehog, as well as some of its interaction partners, in hippocampal neural progenitor cells. An inhibitor of sonic hedgehog signaling partially blocked ECGC’s ability to promote neuronal growth, strongly suggesting that ECGC uses sonic hedgehog to exert this activity.

The authors note that ECGC is being considered for use as a preventative and therapeutic agent in the treatment of neurodegenerative disease, and their findings that ECGC helps promote adult hippocampal neurogenesis by signaling through sonic hedgehog certainly supports this course of action. Although much of the evidence for green tea’s potency comes from laboratory studies such as this one, rather than human clinical trials, they also suggest that drinking green tea can have positive effects on cognition. Just don’t put milk in it; the proteins in milk, be it from a cow or a soybean, bind to ECGC and reduces the body’s ability to make use of it.

http://www.highlighthealth.com/diet-and-nutrition/study-reveals-how-green-tea-improves-memory/

Green tea compound may help shrink tumors

September 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM | Posted in green tea | Leave a comment
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Green tea compound may help shrink tumors

GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept. 4 (UPI) — A compound in green teaepigallocatechin gallate — may help combat cancer by shrinking tumors, researchers in Scotland suggest.

Study leader Dr. Christine Dufes of the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and colleagues at the University of Glasgow said the team used an approach that allowed the treatment of epigallocatechin gallate delivered specifically to the tumors intravenously.

The study, published in the journal Nanomedicine, found nearly two-thirds of the tumors it was delivered to either shrank or disappeared within one month. In addition, the treatment displayed no side effects to normal tissues, Dufes said…..

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Read more: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/09/04/Green-tea-compound-may-help-shrink-tumors/UPI-21651346738585/#ixzz25WxIb2pf

Green tea can reduce skin cancer

August 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM | Posted in green tea | 2 Comments
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Green tea can reduce skin cancer

Aug 23, 2012 | © The Daily Telegraph

 
Powerful new anti-cancer drugs based on green tea could be developed after scientists found an extract from the beverage could make almost half of skin tumours vanish.

The team of researchers from the University of Strathclyde made 40% of human skin cancer tumours disappear using the compound in a laboratory study.

Green tea has long been suspected of having anti-cancer properties and the extract, epigallocatechin gallate, has been investigated. However, this is the first time researchers have managed to make it effective at shrinking tumours.

Previous attempts to capitalise on its cancer-fighting properties have failed because scientists had used intravenous drips, which failed to deliver enough of the extract to the tumours themselves.

The Strathclyde team devised an alternative “targeted delivery system”, piggybacking the extract on proteins that carry iron molecules, which tumours readily absorb. The laboratory test on one type of human skin cancer showed 40% of tumours disappeared after a month of treatment, while an additional 30% shrank.

Dr Christine Dufes, who led the research, said: “When we used our method, the green tea extract reduced the size of many of the tumours every day, in some cases removing them altogether.

“By contrast, the extract had no effect when it was delivered by other means as every one of these tumours continued to grow. This research could open doors to new treatments.”

Dufes said population studies had previously shown green tea had anti-cancer properties, and scientists had identified the active compound as epigallocatechin gallate. The Strathclyde researchers were the first to deliver it in high enough doses to tumours to have an effect.

She said: “The problem with this extract is when it is administered intravenously, it goes everywhere in the body, so when it gets to the tumours it is too diluted. With the targeted delivery system, it is taken straight to the tumours without any effect on normal tissue.”

Scientists are increasingly using targeted delivery to improve results, relying on the many “receptors” that tumours have for different biological substances.

In this instance, scientists used the fact that tumours have receptors for transferrin, a plasma protein which transports iron through the blood.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2012/08/23/green-tea-can-reduce-skin-cancer

Green tea business grows in India amid health awareness

February 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, green tea | 3 Comments
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Green tea business grows in India amid health awareness

Article on the health benifits of one of my favorite drinks, Green Tea. Click on the link at the bottom of the post to read the entire article.

Mithun Dasgupta | 27 Feb, 2012
More and more tea makers are adding green tea in their portfolio as consumers in India are developing a taste for the beverage for its many health-promoting effects.

Green tea consumption in India is rising at a rate of more than 10 percent annually. According to J Thomas & Company, the world’s largest tea auctioneer, consumption of green tea, considered very urbane and sophisticated, is rising from a very tiny base.

“From a small consumption base, demand for green tea is increasing. There will be growth in consumption. Traditionally, people here drink black tea with sugar and milk. But green tea consumption will grow in the future because of its health benefits and awareness,” said Krishan Katyal, J Thomas & Co director.

Katyal said India, the world’s second biggest producer of tea, on an average produces 9-11 million kg of green tea annually and half of that was currently being consumed domestically.

“It (consumption) will grow. I, however, do not think that it will grow by leaps and bounds,” he observed…..

Click on the link below to read the entire article:

http://www.smetimes.in/smetimes/news/industry/2012/Feb/27/green-tea-business-grows-India-amid-health-awareness70615.html

Green tea drinkers show less disability with age: study

February 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, green tea | 3 Comments
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Green tea drinkers show less disability with age: study

NEW YORK | Fri Feb 3, 2012 4:00pm EST

(Reuters Health) – Elderly adults who regularly drink green tea may stay more agile and independent than their peers over time, a large study of Japanese adults suggests.

Green tea contains certain antioxidant chemicals — particularly a compound known as EGCG — that may help ward off the body-cell damage that can lead to disease. And researchers have been studying green tea’s effects on everything from cholesterol to the risk of certain cancers — with mixed results so far.

For the new study, Japanese researchers looked at a different question: Do green-tea drinkers have any lower risk of frailty and disability as they grow old?

Following nearly 14,000 adults age 65 and older, they found that people who drank the most green tea were the least likely to develop “functional disability” over the next three years.

Functional disability refers to problems with daily activities like going to the store or doing housework, or difficulty with more-basic needs like dressing and bathing.

In this study, almost 13 percent of adults who drank less than a cup of green tea per day became functionally disabled. That compared with just over 7 percent of people who drank at least five cups per day.

That alone does not prove that green tea keeps you spry into your golden years.

But the study, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, did account for a range of factors that could explain the connection.

Green-tea lovers generally had healthier diets — more fish, vegetables and fruit — as well as more education, lower smoking rates, fewer heart attacks and strokes and greater mental sharpness.

They also tended to be more socially active and have more friends and family to rely on. (Studies have found that older adults with more “social support” are less likely to become disabled.)

But even with those factors considered, green tea itself was tied to a lower disability risk, according to the researchers, led by Yasutake Tomata of Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine.

People who drank at least five cups a day were one-third less likely to develop disabilities than those who had less than a cup a day. And people who averaged three or four cups a day had a 25 percent lower risk.

All of that hints at a real effect of green tea. But ultimately, Tomata’s team writes, definitive proof can come only from clinical trials testing the effects of green tea, or green tea extracts, on disability risk.

If green tea does offer a buffer against disability, it’s not clear how.

But one recent study found that green tea extracts seemed to boost leg muscle strength in older women, notes Tomata’s team, who could not be reached for comment.

In general, green tea is considered safe in moderate amounts. But the tea and its extracts do contain caffeine, which some people may need to avoid.

Green tea also contains small amounts of vitamin K, which means it could interfere with drugs that prevent blood-clotting, like warfarin. Since many elderly people are on multiple medications, it’s wise for them to talk with their doctors before using green tea as a health tonic.

SOURCE: bit.ly/wXuZbl American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online January 25, 2012.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/03/us-greentea-idUSTRE8121T720120203

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