Saturday, March 15, 2008

Green Leaf Tea
By Dover Read Platinum Quality Author

What is green tea?

All tea plants belong to the same species-Camellia sinensis, a perennial evergreen shrub. Due to the varied conditions under which tea plants are grown (different altitudes, climate, soils) this produces a wide range of distinctive leaves and flavors. The way the leaves are processed also produce different types of tea - including black tea, green tea and oolong tea.

Tea plants produce a berry, have lots of foliage, and also have a flower like a camellia. The smallest and youngest leaves are harvested by hand, usually every 1 - 2 weeks depending on the altitude where the tea plants are growing. Generally the lower the altitude the faster the plant grows.

Tea plants grow in warm climates. The best teas, however, are produced by plants grown at higher altitudes where the leaves mature more slowly and yield a richer flavor. Depending upon the altitude, a new tea plant may take from 2 1/2 to 5 years to be ready for commercial picking, but once productive, it can provide tea leaves for close to a 100 years.

Green tea is the least processed and thus provides the most antioxidant polyphenols, notably a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to drinking green tea. Black and oolong tea is produced from tea leaves that have been fermented and then dried, whereas green tea is steamed and then the leaves are dried. The steaming process is the best for retaining all the goodness within the leaves.

How to Make a Good Cup of Green Tea.

The flavor of tea is enhanced with good quality water, although you should not use distilled water, as tea needs the minerals that are present in water to bring out the tea's flavors. After boiling the water it should be let stand for 2 - 3 minutes before being added to the tea. The tea should then be left to brew for a further 3 - 4 minutes. Green tea is generally taken without milk or sugar being added.

The Health Benefits of Green Tea Include:

Promotes good heart health
Lowers cholesterol
Reduces heart attacks
Aids in weight loss
Prevents skin damage
Improves circulation
Helps with good digestive health
Soothes stress
Is antibacterial
Helps protect against diabetes
And strengthens bones

Avoid Green Tea if you have kidney disease, a weak heart, an overactive thyroid, a susceptibility to spasms, or a tendency to anxiety or panic attacks.

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AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract
By Danny Brown Platinum Quality Author

Need an added push to get your weight loss goals in gear? AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract is a distinctive mix of green tea and ginseng extract. From the name itself, you realize that AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract is a drink that will provide you countless health and weight loss benefits.

AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract is drawn from the lightly steamed leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract has a vast following among a distinct group of weight loss enthusiasts, who are herbal tea drinkers.

AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract contains catechin polyphenols that help change fats into heat energy through thermogenesis. According to research conducted by Swiss and American scientists, the green tea in AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract promotes a remarkable four percent increase in the body's total energy use. This energy use translates into a weight loss benefit of up to 10 lbs. a month.

The low quantity of caffeine found in AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract increases the body's metabolic rate. This caffeine content is not excessive enough to create any damaging side effects usually associated with caffeine-based products. AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract is therefore a safe product to use. Unlike ephedra, AriZona Diet Green Tea will not raise your heart rate or cause heart palpitations and other cardiovascular complications. If anything, AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract will even prevent that from happening. Studies conducted on the benefits of polyphenols present in AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract explain that they help lower cholesterol levels in the body. AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract helps keep the balance between the LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterols. Besides that, it has been noted that drinkers of AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract are less likely to develop a stroke compared to those who drink other drinks.

AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract is also excellent for preserving the complete well being of the body. The antioxidants found in AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract help stop free radicals from harming the body by making it vulnerable to diseases and aging. With its immune-boosting properties, AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract keeps you feeling young and healthy.

AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract also contains the amino acid Theanine. This substance in AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng works as a mood-enhancer and stress-reliever. Adding to the role of AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract, as a promoter of good health and well being.

Ginseng in AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract can improve the immune system, lower blood sugar levels, and lessen the risk of certain cancers. It improves adrenal function, physical performance, and mental alertness. All these make ginseng the perfect companion for green tea in AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract. Other ingredients in AriZona Diet Green Tea with Ginseng Extract are Chromium for fat and sugar metabolism, citric acid, and all-natural flavors.

Protecting Your Heart - Green Tea and Green Tea Extract
By Kerry Mott

Studies have concluded recently that including Green Tea and/or Green Tea Extract into your diet may be very wise regarding your heart health. Currently, heart disease is the number 1 killer of US citizens so understanding how green tea or green tea extract works in your system to defend against coronary illness may be extremely valuable information for many. Studies have shown that green tea can combat heart disease in few ways:

Green Tea Extract Can Reduce Cholesterol

Green tea’s powerful antioxidant properties can reduce plaque build up ( bad cholesterol or "Low density lipoproteins (LDL)" ) in the arteries which can directly cause heart attack and stroke. Of course, knowing that you should keep your arteries clear from bad cholesterol is nothing new, yet many people are unaware that drinking green tea can be a totally effective and safe way to accomplish this. Recent studies at the “Cedars-Sinai Medical Center” have supported this .

Another relatively recent ( 2003 )12 week study from the “Archives of Internal Medicine” showed that participants taking green tea extract had a drop in “bad” cholesterol of 15% and their “total” cholesterol fell by 10%.

Green Tea Can Reduce Cell Damage

Green Tea’s powerful antioxidant properties can reduce the level of cell death that occurs after heart attack and stroke. During a stroke or heart attack many cells are damaged due to lack of oxygen to the brain, and much of the cell damage is irreversible which is known as “cell death”. The powerful component in Green tea and green tea extract “EGCG” has the amazing ability to speed recovery of damaged cells.

EGCG is a powerful catechin, a biological compound produced in green tea that is responsible for the amazing inherent antioxidant properties which are so beneficial. A cup of green tea provides upwards of 40mg of polyphenols ( catechin group) and has antioxidant activity greater than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots or strawberries.

How much Green Tea is Effective?

While there is no RDA for Green tea or Green tea extract since it’s not considered an essential nutrient it has been reported that taking about 240-320mg daily is beneficial to overall heart health. This benefit can be derived from drinking about 4 cups of green tea daily or taking one 300mg green tea extract capsule daily. There is no difference in potency; the extract is recommended for those who may not like to drink tea but still want the powerful health benefits.

So, drinking just a few cups of green tea daily could become part of your heart disease prevention routine, along with a sane diet plan and exercise you should surely be much more healthy and of course, feel great. It’s very low cost, has virtually no side effects (there is 40mg of caffeine in 8 oz cup of tea, much less than coffee however) is totally natural and is delicious hot or cold!

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Fight Cancer!

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a per son’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg’s amino’s or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minute s to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts)and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers.This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Green Tea Extract For Diet - The Truth Revealed About The Oprah Green Tea Extract Diet
By Karin I Manning

The Green Tea Diet and the green tea extract for diet became well-known around the world when it appeared on the award winning Oprah television show in 2004. This article will reveal the truth about the Oprah green tea extract diet.

Dr Nigel Perricone, a Green Tea extract diet supporter, appeared on Oprah as her special guest. Although the Oprah show was called "Look 10 years younger in 10 days" the Oprah Green Tea Diet was a highlight and not long after Oprah went to air with the Green Tea diet a buzz started all over the health and fitness world.

Dr Perricone, a highly regarded author of numerous health and diet books, has also authored a specific green tea diet book about the numerous advantages and health benefits of the Oprah Green Tea Extract Diet.

The Green Tea Diet Book was called "The Perricone Prescription". A large group of people declare that it was his very emergence on the Oprah Winfrey Show that actually produced the now famous Green Tea Diet.

It became so famous and created such a craze due to one specific conversation between Oprah and her Green Tea Diet supporter. In that exchange Dr Perricone was questioned about a speech in his book that alleged that if you replace coffee with Green Tea you can lose up to ten pounds in just six short weeks.

Dr Perricone responded with his Green Tea Diet philosophy as follows:

"Coffee has organic acids that raise your blood sugar, raise insulin. Insulin puts a lock on body fat. When you switch over to green tea, you get your caffeine, you're all set, but you will drop your insulin levels and body fat will fall very rapidly. So 10 pounds in six weeks, I will guarantee it."

At the time of that conversation no one readily appreciated how he could make such a bold allegation about the Green Tea Extract Diet. Nevertheless, that one statement caused an utter frenzy all over the world for people all trying to lose weight.

The truth is that the astounding weight loss being achieved on the Green Tea diet is just one of the numerous miracle-like benefits of simply drinking Green Tea. There are a lage number of remedial benefits of drinking Green Tea and research has confirmed that consuming a small amount like just one cup of Green Tea a day can greatly assist in weight reduction and fat burning.

Green Tea promotes fat oxidization more than is simply provided by the caffeine contained in green tea. Oprah is also a firm devotee of the Green Tea diet and has implemented Green Tea into her diet plan and daily regime.

Oprah boldy states wholeheartedly that the Green Tea Diet has helped her a great deal with achieving her weight loss and diet goals. Additionally, Oprah alleges that drinking Green Tea gives her extensive energy stores and has also assisted her in keeping her weight off which has been a long standing problem for Oprah, as her viewers would realize.

The Oprah Green Tea Diet can greatly help overweight people lose weight but the Oprah green tea extract diet can also help in other ways other than weight loss including reducing your cholesterol, hypertension, cancer prevention, liver damage and a lot more. The Oprah Green Tea Diet will help you lose weight but it also great for your whole wellbeing and health.

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Lipton Green Tea Considered
By Lance Winslow

Platinum Quality Author

We all know that tea is very good for us and it makes sense to drink more of it and less soda pop and other such drinks. Lipton tea is 100% Natural Tea and has 150 mg of protective natural antioxidants per serving and that is why I drink it. You see, Lipton Green teas is 100% natural and some of the best tea you can buy.

Other customers say that is great; “Suppose to be healthy for you with all the anti-oxidants” and the best customers go thru a couple gallons per week. Tea makes you look younger too and gives you energy as well. You know it also costs a lot less to drink tea too, for 100 bags at $2.50 lasts you about 3-weeks. 2-quarts per day is possible when it is really hot out, of course it varies with the drinker.

Many tea drinkers choose Lipton because it is really inexpensive and you can get it just about anywhere. It is surprising that more people do not drink tea, as they would longer, happier and more healthy lives if they did. Do you drink tea, if not give it a try for a few weeks and see if you can break your habit and enjoy something much better for you.

Some people load their tea up with lots of sugar and this is still better than drinking soft drinks, but you really should cut out as much as you can of the sugar as well. A teaspoon is not so bad, but lets not load it up and defeat the purpose. Consider all this in 2006.

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Important Information About a Green Tea Diet Plan by Morgan Buchanan

Everyone keeps telling us that green tea is one of those products that is really good for us. We often start to glaze over and lose interest since we just don't know why this is the case and they go into a long scientific spiel.

Fairly recently one of the good things about green tea that has been discovered is its ability to help people lose weight. For many people green tea can help jumpstart your weight loss program even though some would probably dismiss it as quackery.

The Basics of a Green Tea Diet Plan

Some kind of green tea product is obviously included in a green tea diet plan. A dieter typically takes a certain amount of green tea supplements along with other helpful additives as well. Green tea extracts by themselves are often used in diet pills, weight loss supplements or appetite suppressants which can help you lose weight Green Tea.

The basics are fairly simple of why exactly a green tea diet plan works. According to research, a green tea diet plan works because the green tea supplements help your body burn fat via a process called 'thermogenics.'

All green tea diet plans are going to have a standard disclaimer as with any dietary supplement. Before using this product you should consult your physician. You should do this simply because a lot of herbal supplements have the chance of interacting with prescriptions and over the counter medications which can cause adverse side effects on your body.

Using a green tea diet plan in conjunction with a sensible, healthy eating plan is another type of standard disclaimer. You obviously don't want to eat more than you were before you began dieting if you are trying to lose weight. However, for some they can justify the thought by relying on the green tea diet plan to just take care of the extra food.

There is no miracle diet plan or supplement. Weight won't melt off your body overnight; and for you diet to work you need common sense and moderation. A weight loss diet can help be supplemented by a green tea diet plan, but it can't be done all by itself. Being sensible in your eating can help your diet and a little exercise is always a good idea Green Tea Types.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Snapshot Guide to Japanese Loose Leaf Green Tea
By Brigita Feltham

There are many kinds of loose leaf Japanese green teas produced in Japan. If you go to a specialty tea store in Japan, you would be amazed at the range available to sample. It can be quite daunting for the amateur tea-drinker. Having lived in Japan for 4 years, I have found that sencha and gyokuro green tea are both popular and can be enjoyed by following the tips below.

Sencha Green Tea

The most widely drunk green tea in Japan is sencha green tea. Japanese people drink several cups a day with a meal or between meals. Sencha green tea is made by a process of steaming, drying and rolling of the leaves. The steaming process halts the oxidation of the leaves and maintains the high level of polyphenols in the tea. This process differentiates it from black tea, where the leaves are left out in the sun to oxidize-turning the leaves from green to brown.

The taste and flavour of loose leaf sencha will vary depending on the grade of sencha. Premium sencha green tea has a mild, slightly sweet flavour. Lower grade tea produced from later pickings of the tea bush, will tend to be more astringent than premium grade green tea, produced from the first picking. The brewing of loose leaf green tea is important as water that is too hot, or over-brewing the tea leaves, will produce more astringent green tea.

When brewing green tea you should allow 1 heaped teaspoon (5g) per 240ml (8oz.) cup of water. You should pour the desired amount of water into the teapot to first heat the teapot. After 30 seconds, pour the water into a tea cup (so you are also warming the tea cup). When brewing loose leaf sencha you should not use freshly boiled water, as this will scorch the tea leaves. By heating the teapot and tea cups you can reduce the temperature to about 70-80 degrees C (165-176 degrees F). Once the water has cooled, add the desired amount of leaves to the teapot, followed by the water. Brew sencha green tea for 2 minutes.

Gyokuro Green Tea

Gyokuro green tea is the highest grade of green tea in Japan. It is usually drunk from small tea cups and it is usually sold in smaller quantities than most other green teas. Gyokuro leaves are a rich, dark green because the bushes are covered with reed screen two or three weeks prior to picking. This protects the leaves from direct sunlight, and helps to produce a subtler and mellow flavour than sencha green tea. When sencha leaves are picked, they are steamed and then dried. The leaf stems and veins are removed in the drying process. And unlike other green teas, the leaves are not rolled.

Gyokuro green tea has a mild and delicate flavour. There should be little taste of astringency when drinking gyokuro green tea. When you brew gyokuro you should use 2 heaped teaspoons per 240ml (8oz.) cup of water. Heat the teapot and tea cups as explained above (with sencha green tea), and let the water cool slightly longer to about 50-60 degrees C(122-140 degrees F). You should steep the tea for 2-3 minutes.

Brewing loose leaf green tea is that simple. Try to use purified water, as using tap water will affect the taste. Also take care not to use water too hot and to over-brew the tea. If you use these tips, you should be able to make a delicious cup of tea. The other great thing about loose leaf green tea, is you can brew the tea 2-3 times. You can leave the tea leaves to steep a little longer with each brewing.

Brigita Feltham is the creator and owner of Infusious Tea. After spending 4 years in Japan, green tea became a part of Brigita's daily lifestyle.

Brigita began to study tea ceremony and found out that not only does green tea have wonderful health benefits, but it also has a rich cultural tradition in Japan.

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