Tea: Few Facts

Tea: Few Facts

Drinking a few cups of tea may be good for your health. Here are few facts on Tea.

  • Tea leaves come from the Camellia sinensis plant. They contain antioxidants that counter free radicals, which can damage cells. Antioxidants may reduce or help prevent some of this damage.
  • The difference between the three main varieties of tea (green, black, and oolong) is the process used to make them. Black tea is exposed to air, or fermented, which darkens the leaves and gives them flavor. Green tea is made by heating or quickly steaming the leaves. Oolong tea leaves are partially fermented.
  • There’s no hard evidence that drinking tea can prevent cancer in people in general; many factors affect cancer risk. However, several studies have linked drinking tea to a lower risk of cancer for some people. More research is needed to define those groups.
  • Some studies show that drinking green tea may help curb a few heart disease risk factors, including body weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol absorption. However, the FDA denied a petition filed by a green tea maker that wanted to put heart-health claims on its product’s label, ruling that there wasn’t credible scientific evidence to support the claims.
  • There is some evidence that green tea may help control glucose (or blood sugar) levels, however, that hasn’t been widely tested in people. More research is needed to learn how much green tea would be needed and whether green tea also helps curb body weight and body fat.
  • Herbal teas are not made from the Camellia sinensis plant and are not really teas at all. Herbal teas are an infusion of leaves, roots, bark, seeds, or flowers from other types of plants. Common herbal teas include chamomile and mint. They are not associated with the potential health benefits of green, black, or oolong tea.
  • You get the most antioxidants from freshly brewed tea; those compounds are reduced in instant tea, decaffeinated tea, and bottled tea. Researchers have not determined how many cups of freshly brewed green tea are recommended each day, but people in Asia typically drink at least three cups daily.
  • Fresh brewing is the way to get the most antioxidants from your tea, so knowing how long to steep the tea is an important part of the process. Three to five minutes is the recommended amount of time for maximizing the benefits.
  • Iced tea often contains low to negligible amounts of catechins compared with the high concentrations found in a cup of hot tea, because adding water to brewed tea dilutes the concentration. However, iced tea and hot tea could contain approximately the same level of antioxidants if, when preparing iced tea, you use 50% more tea than when preparing a similar amount of hot tea to allow for dilution. About 85% of the tea drunk in the U.S. is iced tea.
  • Green tea contains caffeine, so pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding shouldn’t drink more than one or two servings of green tea per day, according to the American Dietetic Association. People with irregular heartbeats or anxiety disorders also should be cautious about how much caffeine they get, from green tea or other sources.
  • A Swiss study found that drinking black tea with a meal reduced iron absorption by 79% to 94% when compared with drinking water. People with an iron deficiency might consider drinking tea only between meals.
                                                                            Contents from:http://www.webmd.com
Tea and its benefits
Green Tea

Breast-Feeding Linked to IQ


Breast-Feeding Linked to IQ

A study confirms that breast-feeding of infants is accompanied by about a five-points higher IQ than in bottle-fed infants.At least 60 percent of the average intelligence gain seen in breast-fed infants comes from breast milk’s nutritional value, rather than benefits from maternal bonding.Intelligence is benefited by breast-feeding for up to six months. Children who are breast-fed for less than eight weeks show no IQ benefit.

Tea may protect elderly Bones


Tea may protect elderly Bones

A daily cup of tea may protect elderly women from osteoporosis. New research suggests that daily tea-drinking makes the aging bones of elderly women look five years younger and significantly reduces the risk of bone fractures. Elderly tea-drinkers have 5 percent higher mean bone-mineral density than non-tea-drinkers.The apparent benefits of drinking tea are independent of whether women smoke, drink coffee or use hormone replacement therapy. It also makes no difference to the bone-mineral density increase if women drink one or two cups or several pots of tea a day.The positive effects of tea on bone density may be caused by the presence of isoflavonoids. Flavonoids – brightly colored chemicals found in fruit, vegetables and herbs – are being credited with an increasing number of positive effects on health.

Mushroom – a health tonic

Mushroom – a health tonic

Protein content of mushroom is very close to milk, soyabean and animal food. They contain all essential amino acids. Some of the mushrooms are rich in lysine and tryhptophan. They are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Mushrooms are rich in folic acid, vitamin B12 and iron. One third of iron found in mushrooms is present in available form. Thus they are good for anaemic patients.
They are low in sugar content and thus are good for diabetics.
Being low in carbohydrate and fat and high in protein and vitamins, mushrooms form ideal item for those who want to loose weight.
Mushroom proteins are digested easily and thus are good for children and elderly.
They also contain Vitamin C and D and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and iron. These are good for bone formation.
Some mushroom extracts have shown cholesterol lowering effects.

Mushroom or Manchurian tea is considered a very healthy drink. This is made from a type of mushroom which originated in the Russian region of Kargasok, where most of the people lived well over hundred years. It is also claimed that this tea lowers high blood pressure, prevents premature wrinkling of skin.
Mushroom extracts induce interferom formation which plays a crucial role in the defense mechanism against viral infection. Mushroom extract also has high amount of retene that has an antagonistic effect on some tumors.

Mushrooms have been used in traditional herbal medicines in China and Japan for thousands of years, and Asian mushrooms are commonly used for pain relief and in treating diseases like arthritis.

Mushrooms play a vital part in nature’s eco-system.

They break down dead animals and plants into food needed by other animals and living plants.

More than 1,000 species of insects and animals rely on mushrooms for food and shelter.

Tea and its benefits