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Tea: a healthier choice

Tea: a Healthier Choice

Tea is one of the world’s second most popular beverage (after water), but most Americans consider it a poor second to coffee as a caffeine-laced pick-me-up or after-meal beverage. Recently, however, tea has gained new popularity, in part because of its medicinal value. A cup of tea contains only about half as much caffeine as a cup of brewed coffee, and many people prefer its taste and consider its buzz less jarring.

Cancer. Studies suggest that chemicals known as polyphenols in tea help prevent cancer. Researchers compared the diets of 900 people with esophageal cancer with those of 1,500 who did not have the cancer. The people with cancer drank significantly less green tea. The more green tea, the less cancer. In addition, green tea was added to the drinking water of experimental mice and then exposed them to chemicals known to cause a variety of tumors in rodents. The mice who drank the green-tea-laced water developed considerably fewer tumors than the mice who drank plain water. These studies prompted headlines proclaiming “Green Tea Prevents Cancer.” Unfortunately, few Americans drink green tea outside of Asian restaurants; most Americans drink black tea. It has the similar effect too.

Tooth Decay. Tea is a good source of fluoride, which prevents tooth decay. Both green and black teas contain more fluoride than fluoridated water. The tannins in tea also help fight the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Osteoporosis. Tea is a good source of manganese, an essential trace mineral that helps preserve bone.

Colds, Congestion And Asthma. As with coffee, the caffeine in tea eases breathing by opening the bronchial passages. Tea also contains another stimulant, theophylline. Physicians often prescribe pharmaceutical theophylline preparations to treat asthma.

Heart Attack. Men whose diets are rich in polyphenols have an unusually low risk of heart attack. Subsequent diet surveys showed that the heart-healthy Hollanders obtained some of their polyphenols from apples and onions but got a whopping 61 percent from black tea.

Diarrhea. Tea contains astringent tannins. Ancient Chinese physicians valued tea’s mild astringency for treatment of diarrhea. Today’s doctors agree, since mild astringents are widely used to treat diarrhea. Leading home medical guides suggest treating diarrhea with the BRATT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and tea.

Brew awakening

Brew Awakening

Brew awakening…

Not too long ago, I drove down Fairview Street here in Boise, Idaho and noticed a coffee shop called Brew Awakening. What a great name for a coffee shop!  Recently, I found this space empty.  I am sorry to see someone’s dream not being realized.   Even if you have the benefit of high traffic street, cars don’t always stop.  Fast morning commuters won’t notice you if moving traffic is over 35mph.  Perhaps the owner found a better location. 

Here I am trying to offer you some simple guidelines on a perfect brew cup of tea.  The way to a perfect cup of tea can be as deep as the history of tea.  The whole process of brewing tea reminds us to be mindful of what we are doing.  It keeps us being in the present moment and pay attention to the detail of the three elements: the temperature, brewing time and serving traditions.  The steps are just as important as the drink itself.  The Japanese has gone as far as to creating a tea ceremony where every move has an intention.  Like mediation, the process slows down the mind and allows wisdoms to come through.

With Chinese tradition, the Kung Fu tea encompasses the reflective spirit, the etiquette, and the skills of making and pouring the tea. Drinking Kung Fu tea is not to crush thirst, but to experience the tea through the fragrance and the taste.  A special miniature clay tea pot is used.  This clay absorbs the fragrance of the tea.  Over time, one can smell the tea without having to brew the tea in the tea pot.

In modern days, the general guidelines are 2 to 5 minutes for steeping black tea.  Oolong tea takes longer, about 5-8 minutes. The recommended water temperature is 180-190 temperature. Green tea takes about 2-4 minutes at 160 to 170 degree water.  White tea steeps for 4-6 minutes at 180 degree temperature.  Second infusion will take twice as long for the flavor to infuse.  Steep time for Rooibos and other herbal tea varies, but most of them needs to steep 5 minutes or more.  Adjust these steps to your personal taste. 

Whatever method or tools you use, be with the process and enjoy the experience.  Make it your time to have a brew awakening.

Insider’s guide to chinese teas – part 4 green

Insider’s Guide to Chinese Teas – Part 4 Green

Imagine a drink that is the very essence of nature, capturing the flavours and aromas of a spring mountain meadow, the morning dew combined with the smells of the earth and flowers. A drink that can restore you and keep you healthy. A drink that revives. What a drink that would be! But there is no need to dream, such a drink is available, and has indeed been available for centuries – green tea!

The most prized green tea is Dragon Well (also know as Long Jin or Lung Ching). Legend has it that the well that gives the tea its name lies not far from Hangshou. Far back in the mists of time, the well ran dry and the local peasants were on the verge of disaster, their crops would fail and they would starve. So a local monk summoned up a friendly dragon that he knew could help. He offered up a prayer and the dragon made the rains come and starvation was avoided. The well became known as the Dragon Well and the local tea was named after it.

The Chinese have always known that green tea is beneficial to health and there have been many studies that back up these claims. It seems that Green tea contains a variety of beneficial chemicals, including anti-oxidants. With just two or three cups a day you could feel a difference in your body and mind. The anti-oxidants combat the harmful chemicals called ‘free radicals’ that are a by-product of processes within the cells of your body. These free radicals are believed to contribute to a variety of ailments and diseases including cancer and heart disease. Out of all the types of tea, green is understood to be the most potent in terms of health giving properties. This is because it is the least processed of all teas. The leaves are barely oxidised and so the anti-oxidants remain intact. There are no hard and fast rules for how much to drink each day, some sources quote a figure in grams, others quote cups. As with all natural remedies, persistence is the key, you are unlikely to benefit from taking the occasional cup. Several cups every day seems to be an average figure.

In common with the other types, to gain any health benefit and to obtain the full flavour and aroma, you should use high quality loose leaf tea. The tea bags that are sold in health shops are cheap, and with good reason. They are made from the fannings (or dust) from the processing of higher grade teas. Since they are finely ground (they need to be in order to be able to brew whilst surrounded by the paper of the bag), they are more quickly and more thoroughly oxidised. The friendly anti-oxidants are destroyed and there is virtually no flavour or aroma. The same can be said of the cheap loose leaf green teas, again from the health shops. These are the inferior pickings, the finest leaves are picked in the spring and will be used in the gourmet quality brands. You get what you pay for.

There are probably as many methods of brewing this drink as there are suppliers! The common elements are to use spring water that is not boiling and not to overbrew. Good quality teas will come with instructions on how to get the best from your particular type.

So go on, treat your body and taste buds to the stuff of dreams …

Health benefits of green tea for weight loss

Health Benefits Of Green Tea For Weight Loss

Green Tea – Fat Burner
Food (including sugar and fat) is synthesized into triglycerides in the small intestine and liver. From, there, the food moves through the bloodstream to other parts of the body.
Triglycerides are a necessary form of energy for your organs and to support physical activity. The problem is that excess triglycerides are turned into fat.
The high level of polyphenols in green tea activate the enzyme that dissolves excess triglycerides. In essence, green tea helps to burn fat.

Green Tea – Metabolism Booster
Many of green tea’s health benefit stem from powerful antioxidants found within the tea. One of them , epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG for short), is especially effective in accelerating weight loss by stimulating the metabolism. EGCG combined with the caffeine in green tea revs up the central nervous system and releases fat into the bloodstream for the body to use a fuel – this process is called thermogenesis. Thermogenesis boosts your energy, sheds excess water and burns body fat. Although caffeine by itself can stimulate the metabolism, researchers have found that green tea was more effective than just caffeine.

Drink Green Tea and Exercise Longer
Exercise is key to losing weight and keeping it off. Exercise builds muscle (which boosts your metabolism, burns calories and increases your energy level. The polyphenols in green tea stimulate the use of fat by the liver and the muscle cells. Because more fat is being burned, less carbohydrates are being used. The availability of more carbohydrates creates greater endurance and allows for longer exercise times. A study using green tea extract on lab rates increased the amount of time the animals could swim before becoming exhausted. More endurance means more exercise time and greater calorie burn.

Getting Started
By now, you are most likely asking, how do I get started losing weight with green tea? The easiest way to begin is to simply start to add more green tea into your diet. Even a few cups a day can have a large benefit. Drinking tea (as opposed to taking tea supplements) has the added benefit of forcing you to drink more fluid, which also helps with weight loss.
Don’t like the taste of green tea? Green tea now comes in a variety of flavors. Shop around online for loose green tea – you will be pleasantly surprised by the taste.
In addition to drinking tea, you can add tea to recipes for anything from appetizers to desserts, and blend it into your smoothies or other drinks.

Article source: Health Benefits Of Green Tea For Weight Loss

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About Author:
Visit Tea.AromaCup.com for green tea coupons, recipes, reviews and more. Meredith Eisenberg, editor of Tea.AromaCup.com loves to try new teas. Her current favorite is Constant Comment green tea. When not drinking and writing about tea, Meredith is enjoying the blue skies and open spaces of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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