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

Why is Green Tea Good For You? Here Are 7 Reasons

January 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM | Posted in green tea | 1 Comment
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Why is Green Tea Good For You? Here Are 7 Reasons

Author: Kristjan Gunnarsson

 

 
Green tea is not just tasty, warm and energizing. It also happens to extremely good for you. In the last few decades, scientists have studied the effects of green tea on various health problems and their results have been nothing short of amazing.

Their findings have been so impressive that green tea is now considered among the healthiest beverages on the planet.

Why is Green Tea Good For You? 7 Proven Reasons

Drinking green tea has been associated with a lower risk of many diseases, some of which are common in the western society.
1. May Reduce Risk of Diabetes

A study in Japanese adults revealed that drinking several cups of green tea per day lowered the risk of diabetes by a whopping 33%.

2. May Make You Smarter, at Least in The Short Term

Green tea has a lot less caffeine than coffee, making it appropriate for those individuals who are sensitive to caffeine.

But tea also has a different combination of stimulants compared to coffee. While coffee has a lot more caffeine, tea also has a unique type of amino acid called L-Theanine which can help with relaxation and focus.

This is the reason green tea provides a more relaxed and focused “buzz” than coffee.

3. May Improve Cholesterol

Green tea has also been associated with improvements in risk factors for heart disease, leading to reductions in triglycerides and LDL (the bad) cholesterol, and increases in HDL (the good) cholesterol.

4. May Lower Your Risk of Cancer

There are many types of cancer that are common in western countries. Consumption of green tea appears to decrease the incidence of several types, including breast, prostate, ovarian and endometrial cancer.

5. May Help Prevent Parkinson’s Disease

Caffeine from all sources, including coffee and tea, may help prevent Parkinson’s disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disease in humans.

6. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning

In two separate studies, green tea has been found to increase metabolism. In the first study, subjects who drank green tea had a 17% increase in fat burning in cells. In the other one, tea drinkers had a 4% increase in total energy expenditure.

A 4% increase would mean that instead of burning, for example, 2,000 calories per day, you would burn 2,080 per day. Not very much, but over the course of months or years that will amount to a whole lot of body fat.

7. Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight

Given that green tea can enhance the metabolic rate and increase fat burning, it can also help you lose weight. Perhaps this is the reason almost every popular fat burning supplement on the market has green tea in it.

Take Home Message

At the end of the day, green tea is a warm and satisfying beverage. The reason it is so good for health is that it is rich in unique antioxidants and some essential nutrients.

If you’re sensitive to caffeine and don’t tolerate coffee very well, then green tea will probably be your best choice.

Even better would be to drink coffee in the morning, then after lunch switch to green tea. That way, most of the caffeine from the coffee will have left your system before you go to bed, ensuring a restful night’s sleep.

 

 
http://technorati.com/lifestyle/article/why-is-green-tea-good-for/

(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

A Guide to Healthy “Keep the Cold Away” Concoctions

November 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM | Posted in cooking | Leave a comment
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A Guide to Healthy “Keep the Cold Away” Concoctions

By: Pat St. Claire, CNN’s Health Minute
Updated: November 26, 2012

 

It’s technically still fall, but in many parts of the country, old man winter has already arrived. So now might be the perfect time to cuddle up with a good book and a cup of something comforting.

Nutritionists warn drinks can pack a lot of empty calories, so fill your cup wisely.

After a day of being outside in the chilly temperatures, what better time to have a nice cup of something hot and soothing? Tea, hot chocolate, and coffee can warm you to your toes, but which are the best for you?

Green tea: Almost all doctors and dietitians will tell you there’s nothing better than green tea. Touted as a possible prevention for cancer and heart disease, scientists say the studies aren’t conclusive, but the tea does contain antioxidants, that are known to be heart disease busters.

Hot chocolate: Chocolate, especially dark cocoa, is good for you. Packed with flavonoids, cocoa has the potential to prevent heart disease, by opening the blood vessels. Studies have shown dark cocoa can lower blood pressure, cut out bad cholesterol and even prevent diabetes. Making dark hot cocoa with skim milk cuts down on fat. Adding two tablespoons of whip cream, can add 15 calories to one cup.

Coffee: Java gets a bad rap because of the caffeine. But research shows coffee in moderation is good for you. In a recent study out of Harvard, scientists found coffee may reduce the risk of developing gallstones, colon cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and even improve your memory. Add skim milk, and a little sugar and you’ve got yourself a healthy drink.

Nutrition tip of the week: Boosting your immune system

November 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, green tea | 2 Comments
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Came across this article on my favorite healthy drink , Green Tea! You can read the entire article by clicking the link at the bottom of the post. Enjoy and have a cup!

 

Nutrition tip of the week: Boosting your immune system. It is cold and flu season once again. Even the healthiest people get sick once in awhile.

By Anita Marlay

November 17. 2012 1:00PM

Nutrition tip of the week: Boosting your immune system

It is cold and flu season once again. Even the healthiest people get sick once in awhile.

 

 

Green tea has high levels of catechins, another powerful antioxidant that helps fight inflammation.
It is cold and flu season once again. Even the healthiest people get sick once in awhile. But, did you know that some common lifestyle habits might be detrimental to your ability to fight off infections, like colds and flu? Give yourself a tune-up to help boost your immunity.

Diet: Certain foods provide necessary nutrients that can help protect you from illness.

Yogurt. Probiotics in yogurt have been shown to help shorten the length of a cold by a couple days.

Mushrooms. Their beta glucan content helps enhance macrophage activity, which helps ward off infections.

Seafood. It is rich in omega 3s that help increase the activity of the white cells that take care of bacteria and also good source of selenium, a potent antioxidant.

Green Tea. Green tea has high levels of catechins, another powerful antioxidant that helps fight inflammation.

Almonds. They’re a good source of vitamin E, which can help prevent colds……

 

http://www.greenfieldvedette.com/article/20121117/LIFESTYLE/121119711

 

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….

 

Click the link below to read the entire article:

 

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/

Full House Breakfast!

September 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM | Posted in breakfast, hash browns, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Woke up starving this morning! Nothing better than a Full House Breakfast to stop that hunger. I prepared some Simply Potatoes Hash Browns. I always like mine golden brown but not crisp or burnt. I then topped them with some fresh grated Smoked Dutch Gouda, I love Gouda on anything!  While the Hash Browns were cooking in another skillet I fried 3 slices of Jennie – O Turkey Bacon. I switched over to Jennie – O Turkey Bacon from Oscar Mayer a while back. Jennie -O fries up a lot crisper and 15 fewer calories for 3 slices. Finally as the hash Browns and Bacon was done I used the Hash Brown skillet to fry an Egg Sunnyside Up. Seasoned with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper, I also poured just a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on top of the Yolk. The Olive Oil assures that the Yolk gets done also and provides a great added flavor. While the Egg was finishing I toasted 2 slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Breakfast, Morning Paper, Green Tea, ready for the day!

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…..

*Read the entire article by clicking the link below.

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

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