White Tea May Soothe Depression

by Steven Popec 18. November 2010 13:32

Drinking tea may cheer you up, and help to ward off depression. Loose leaf white tea might be a great addition to a healthy lifestyle to help lessen depression symptoms. Beyond being absolutely heavenly and enjoyable, Chinese white tea has many health benefits.

What is white tea?
   
White tea comes from a plant called camellia sinensis, which oddly enough is the same plant that the other four main types of tea are harvested from. The difference between white, green, oolong, and black teas are all about how they are processed. White tea undergoes no oxidation, unlike the other three teas. In this way, it is able to maintain more antioxidants and nutrients than oolong tea or black teas.
   
It has a delicate flavor that is absolutely divine, especially when mixed with other flavors such as fruits and sometimes nuts. It can be a great way to start off, or to close your day.

Stress relief
   
Tea is perceived by many to be a relaxing experience, and white tea is also shown to have this effect. White tea can help to alleviate stress, and can soothe anxiety. In this way, adding white tea to your daily life may help to ward off some of the symptoms of depression.

Why it works
   
There may be scientific, and direct biological reasons for this. White tea contains a compound which is called L-theanine. This is a type of amino acid which enters the brain and has certain psychoactive properties which have been shown in some studies to reduce different types of stress. It is a naturally occurring compound in this type of tea that is harmless to consume even in high quantities, and it works in much the same way certain classes of antidepressants work; by increasing serotonin, dopamine, and gamma aminobutyric acid levels in the brain.
   
This leads to a lower stress level, which can alleviate anxiety. Those who suffer from depression tend to experience higher anxiety and stress levels, so regular white tea consumption can only help. Decaffeinated loose leaf white tea can only be more beneficial in this process, but white tea already has the least caffeine out of the four main types of teas, which all contain less caffeine than coffee. This may mean that loose leaf white tea may mean that it is superior in effectiveness against depression than the other three types of teas.
   
It would take regular consumption to build up the serotonin enhancers in the brain, but adding a few cups of white tea to your day isn’t that difficult, especially since the drink is so enjoyable on its own.
   
This L-theanine compound in white tea has been shown by research to have other properties that may help to lower hypertension, and may promote cognitive functions such as concentration and learning.

Talk to your doctor
   
As with anything, though, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes a well balanced, healthy diet and daily exercise. And it’s important to discuss any changes or health plans with your doctor.
   
But drinking white tea every day can’t hurt, as it has many proven health benefits and is a delectable treat to enjoy.

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Green Tea Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

by Elena Popec 16. November 2010 10:00


Loose leaf green tea is good for your heart! New research shows that loose leaf green tea can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease, in addition to all of the other benefits it has on your health.

How does it work?
   
Studies show that green tea can help improve your circulatory system by improving the function of certain types of cells that occur in this system. Green tea can even reverse the damaging effects of cigarette smoke on the circulatory system.

Why green tea?
   
Green tea is harvested from the camellia sinensis plant and is processed a bit differently from the other three types of tea, (oolong tea, black, and white). It undergoes less oxidation than black and oolong teas and this change in the processing leaves it with more antioxidants and nutrients.

Other ways green tea can help
   
Green tea has been shown to prevent cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure, among other types of ailments. Research also suggests that green tea can help to lower your LDL, or the bad kind, of cholesterol. This leads to better heart health. Green tea can also help you to lose weight by boosting your metabolism, energizing you, and helping you to burn off calories and fat at a faster rate. By losing and maintaining a healthy weight, you are at less of a risk for having high cholesterol and developing heart disease.

Other benefits of green tea
   
Regularly drinking loose leaf green tea can have benefits other than helping to prevent cardiovascular diseases. It can help with anything from improving the health of your teeth to fighting cancer. It can alleviate anxiety, ward off depression, help improve your sleep, ward off headaches, cure allergies, help prevent hair loss, strengthen your immune system, and help to fight off free radicals and may help to delay the aging process.

It takes more than tea to tango
   
Of course, green tea isn’t, as much as it seems to be, a miraculous panacea. It won’t cure all your woes. It can complement a healthy lifestyle though. It’s important to maintain a well balanced diet with all the nutrients your body needs. And never underestimate the importance and value of daily exercise. But green tea, when added to a healthy lifestyle, can help to improve your health even more.

Green tea is tasty
   
Another major perk of green tea is that, even though it’s good for you, even though it has no calories, and even though it has all of these health benefits, it actually tastes delicious. It’s an all natural way to improve your health, and it has a heavenly flavor. So start brewing some loose leaf tea, even learning how to brew the tea can be an adventure in itself. Try mixing it with different flavors, experiment. And add a few cups to your daily life.

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Drinking Loose Leaf Green Tea Strengthens Memory

by Steven Popec 10. November 2010 12:09

New studies show that loose leaf green tea and other types of loose leaf teas can actually help improve your memory! Research shows that these types of teas help to inhibit enzymes that are associated with memory. This could mean that we’ve found a preventative treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, or perhaps a way to help treat this form of dementia even after onset.

How does this work?
   
Studies and research show that compounds in certain types of tea may inhibit enzymes that are connected to loss of memory. By acting as an enzyme inhibitor, tea can actually prevent the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The enzyme is called acetylcholinesterase or AChE for short. This enzyme breaks down neurotransmitters called acetylcholine. A decrease in these chemical messengers is linked with Alzheimer’s disease. By preventing this enzyme from breaking down this neurotransmitter, tea can help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease from progressing.

Another enzyme called butyrylcholinesterase, or BuChe for short, is found in the examined brains of patients who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, and is another enzyme tea may help to inhibit.

Differences with green tea
   
Green tea has also been shown to obstruct something called beta secretase. This compound produces protein deposits in the brain which have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. By obstructing the activity of these, green tea may further help to work against Alzheimer’s disease. The effects of loose leaf green tea also last for a longer period of time than do the effects of black tea.

Slowing the development
   
Green tea is not a cure. There is no cure for dementia, but studies show that it is possible to slow the progression of the disease. Medicines on the market work to hinder the activity of the enzymes discussed here, AChe and BuChe, and beta secretase. But these drugs may have harmful chemicals with inimical side effects. Green tea is an all natural alternative. But it is important to discuss this with your doctor before putting it to the test. It would be wonderful to see what further research yields, because green tea is inexpensive and tastes delicious, and is free of the adverse side effects that medicines may produce.

Your memory

Green tea may improve your memory and sharpen your cognitive and learning abilities by drinking it every day. Try to add a few cups to your daily routine to enjoy these healthful benefits.

In addition
   
Drinking loose leaf teas every day will improve your overall health on the long term. Studies have shown that green tea has wonderful benefits to your health, including benefits to your dental hygiene, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, blood pressure, weight loss, anxiety, depression, and many others. It can boost your metabolism, it can strengthen your immune system, help to fight off disease and illness causing free radicals, and help to improve the overall quality of your life.
   
Try brewing some loose leaf tea today and try some of the many flavors available to you. Test out some teas and see what you like best. There’s no harm in trying and finding out what you like best. It’s a delicious drink that research shows will improve your health.

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The Best Gift Is Loose Leaf Tea, No Doubts!

by Elena Popec 5. November 2010 15:18

Coming up soon is the holiday season once again (and not the last time) raises a simple question: "What to gift?" The answer to this question will be repeatedly brought up a few times depending on amount of people one wants to impress. Think about it: relatives (present, past and future), the objects of passion, bosses, subordinates, colleagues and the beautiful stranger that can be met on the street.

I'm a tea fanatic, therefore in my extremely bias and subjective opinion - tea is the best holiday gift as well as everything that pertains to this blessed wonder of nature. Look at this pragmatically; the tea gifts are suitable for any occasion and almost anyone. Judge for yourself (hereinafter, the  phrase "tea gifts" will represent actually loose leaf tea, all products that accompany the preparation, storage and use)...

Tea is a perfect gift to someone that is not particularly close to you, but in relation to whom you want to be polite, prudent and thrifty at the same time. The tea gift performs this role excellently because, in any case, it will be applied and will not annoy with its uselessness. We all know what that means. The tea gift, on another hand, will emphasize an elegant taste of the gifter and generally will make an easy and pleasant impression of one. Such a gift can be presented to colleagues, including bosses and subordinates.

Tea is an extremely successful gift that will glorify the gift giver among others. In modern language, such gifts are called the “VIP-gifts”. Tea can be very expensive and rare, and the fact of getting such tea gifts automatically transforms the gift recipient in the category of connoisseurs, tea elite and even snobs that is now very fashionable and extraordinary cool.

Tea is a great gift for yourself and the loved one living under the same roof. The right set of words with a sincere voice trembling such as "Sweetheart, look what an exquisite tea of absolute rarity I found for you" will melt away any loving heart. Tea is a perfect gift for romantic moments and words like "imagine, we will enjoy it together" will be greatly appreciated. Don't forget to include a beautiful legend about the tea you are giving. Then you'll create unforgettable memories of the precious moments of drinking that tea together.

And finally, tea is a very qualitative surprise gift to a stranger someone met on the street and, possibly, will never see again. If he hands her a tin of tea saying: "Happy holidays", she'll stay surprised forever. And rightfully so... Note: This idea mostly pertains to romantic and single guys and is completely hypothetical. I just wanted to keep up your holiday spirit.

However, all of the above is just a fun theory. Now I would love to give you some tips regarding how to choose tea and accessories for the gift. First of all, tea or tea utensils must be presentable or at least unique (i.e. vintage Pu-Erh, rare Milky Oolong tea…). Here, in fact, is nothing to add, it is clear that the tea gift has to be well searched for; a box of tea bags from the supermarket is unlikely to be impressive.

When choosing tea gifts for a couple, I would suggest following very simple rule: tea is for men, accessories are for women. The reason is very simple. By presenting a man with a tea gift, you will emphasize his knowledge and ability to appreciate the essence of things. Men appreciate gifts that can be used to direct application, so the result will be the cease of the gift existence and gain of memories that can be shared. This may be manifested by destructive nature of man, but the fact remains, the gifts that can be drunk, men value very highly! ;)

Women, by contrast, more appreciate the gifts that can be stored and used without following the direct application. Tea accessories, for instance, can be put on the shelf then taking off this shelf on major holidays and, unconditionally admired by women, will make a very favorable impression. Equally favorable will be gifts that can be actively used in the household every day, but such gifts should be exclusively functional: cups, mugs, strainers, tea pots, tea cozies...

Happy holiday gift shopping to you! And do not forget to stun the stranger on the street and let her wonder carried away with Christmas Carol…

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How Does Loose Tea Help Your Teeth?

by Elena Popec 3. November 2010 16:15

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Tea is not only delicious, it’s good for you! And it’s even good for your teeth. Unlike soda pop and sugary fruit juices, loose leaf green tea may actually help improve the health of your teeth. In sugary, calorie-packed drinks like soda pops and various juices, there are certain acids that can damage or destroy the enamel of teeth. Enamel is what protects our teeth and when it is gone, it’s gone. There’s no getting it back. It’s important to take care of your teeth and the enamel of them.

Can drinking tea really help your teeth?
   
Water is great for your teeth, but many people don’t enjoy the taste of it. Most people want flavorful drinks. And tea, especially Chinese white tea, won’t stain your teeth like coffee or soda pop. Tea has no calories and can actually help improve your dental hygiene. The best effects come from, of course, tea that isn’t sweetened with sugar or even with artificial sweeteners.

Why does tea work?
   
Tea contains fluoride. If you’ve ever read the label on your toothpaste, you’ll know that this is the active ingredient in most types of toothpaste. Fluoride fights bacteria and helps to maintain a fresh, clean, white toothed mouth. It can also help to keep your teeth strong and keep the enamel from wearing down.

Tea has many benefits to your health
   
It’s more than just preventing tooth decay and keeping your teeth pearly white. Regularly drinking tea can help you to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and boost your metabolism. It can help to strengthen your immune system, promote healthful sleep, and prevent you from developing high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, illnesses, headaches, depression, arthritis, diabetes, and many other ailments and conditions.

Tea is a delicious way to be healthy
   
Tea tastes great. This has to be said. Tea is delicious, and you have your choice of literally hundreds of different flavors. While there are four main types of tea, which are oolong, green, white, and black tea, these types branch off into their own subtypes and varied flavors. They can be mixed with other flavors such as fruits and nuts to create unique aromas and tastes. Learning how to brew loose leaf tea is an enjoyable experience that is beneficial to your health. And it can be an adventure to learn the delicate intricacies that can alter the flavors of the teas. It can be fun to try out different flavors and types to find out what you like best.  Once you’ve started down the tea path, it’s hard to turn back. And this tasty beverage will actually improve your health!

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