Oolong Tea to Treat Eczema

by Elena Popec 2. August 2011 12:57

Oolong tea, sometimes called wu long tea, and known to mean “black dragon,” is one of the four main types of tea. Among these types of course there are countless different varieties. Black, white, and green tea are the other three main types of tea. They all are harvested from the camellia sinensis plant, but they are processed quite differently. It is in this processing that they acquire their very different flavors, aromas, and health benefits.

The oxidation process
   
White tea is the least processed of the teas, and undergoes no oxidation. Green tea undergoes a small amount of oxidation, and black tea undergoes the most of this process. Oolong is oxidized more than green tea, but less than black tea. The length of time it is left to oxidize will change its flavor and aroma, and it can vary from being more similar to the taste and flavor of green tea, to being closer to the fragrance and taste of black tea. Due to the complexity of the processing for this type of tea, it is varied in flavor.

Oolong tea is varied
   
Oolong can vary tremendously depending on the processing. Some types of this tea take a day to process, while others can be processed in the course of only hours. The varieties this creates leads to a unique and intriguing type of tea. Even subtle differences in the complex process of making oolong tea can have an impact on its flavor, and so there are many different flavors of oolong to experience.
   
It is a complex and delectable tea, and worth trying and experimenting with the tastes of the different types of oolong tea.

The effects on eczema
   
Loose leaf oolong tea, in addition to being varied in flavor and a delectable, creative type of tea, may help to treat eczema. Studies show that drinking oolong tea may help to relieve the symptoms of eczema on the skin when a person is experiencing an outbreak. It may reduce the inflammation and itching, or even eradicate these irritating symptoms within a few days.

What is eczema?
   
Eczema is a condition that affects the skin and results in itchy, irritated red patches on the epidermis (skin). It is unknown what causes this condition, but it may be worsened by dry skin and cold weather, among other things such as stress. Eczema in itself can cause other problems, it can lead to social anxiety, low self-esteem, changes in self-image, and can alter your self-confidence and self assurance. It can impede on your normal daily life, and it is no fun to go through the outbreaks with this condition.

What research says
   
Oolong tea has been researched on treating eczema, and it does take a good amount of the tea to affect the outbreak. However, after drinking about a liter of this type of tea every day, some people may show significant improvement and may reduce or completely eradicate inflammation and itching.
   
Why does oolong tea have this effect? This tea contains antioxidant polyphenols that have specific properties that help to alleviate allergic reactions and to quiet an unnecessary immune system response.

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Losing Weight with Oolong Tea

by Elena Popec 1. August 2011 17:20

Oolong tea, which is also known by the name wu long, is a unique type of tea. It is widely consumed in the East, and just starting to become more popular in the West. It comes from the camellia sinensis plant, as do the other three main types of teas. (Those being white tea, green tea, and black tea). It is processed a bit differently though. It goes through an oxidation process that oxidizes it more than green tea, but less than black tea.white

Oolong and its flavor

In this way, its flavor varies between being closer to black tea to being closer to green tea. It’s delicious, but depending on the type you may have a variety of flavors and oolong experiences. In addition to its complex and varied flavor, oolong tea has health benefits. It contains antioxidants and vitamins that help to improve your health.

Weight loss and oolong tea

Oolong tea may also help you to lose weight, and keep you slim. While green tea has more proven beneficial effects on your health, it is also studied and researched far more extensively than oolong tea. And while perhaps oolong tea may not have the same effects as green tea, it does have tons of nutrients and vitamins that are excellent for you. And oolong tea can help you to lose weight.

Benefits of weight loss
   
And weight loss can be important to you for many reasons. There are more than cosmetic reasons for losing weight. Though it is important to feel comfortable in your own body. The condition of being overweight or obese can lead to social discomfort and anxiety, and even lower self-esteem and self-confidence. By reaching a goal weight you can increase your confidence level and your self-assurance.
   
But beyond these reasons, reaching a healthy weight can help to lower your cholesterol and prevent against cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Boost your metabolism
   
There is scientific evidence which supports the belief that oolong tea can help to boost your metabolism. In this way, you can burn off more calories at a faster rate. This is one of the things that weight loss diet pills and crash diets advertise; how much they can increase your metabolism. An increased metabolism is known to be extremely beneficial in the weight loss process.

Burn off fat
   
Loose leaf oolong tea can also improve the process your body uses to burn off fat. Some research suggests that it may help to burn off twice the amount of fat than is normally burned off by your body. It can also block the absorption of fat by your body. By preventing the fat from being absorbed, it prevents it from becoming fatty cells in your body. Oolong tea can help to slim your waist by burning off belly fat. And it can lower your LDL, or the bad type of cholesterol.
   
But even after you reach your goal weight, how do you keep the pounds off? One of the most difficult part of a healthy lifestyle is maintaining a healthy weight once you’ve reached it. Oolong tea can actually help you to keep the weight off. Regular consumption will help keep you burning off fat on a long term basis.

 

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Can Green Tea Help You Quit Smoking?

by Steven Popec 27. April 2011 09:03

In addition to all of its other health benefits, loose leaf green tea may help you to quit smoking. Green tea may truly be a miracle tea, with all of its health benefits. This type of tea comes from the same Camellia sinensis plant as the other types of tea, but it is processed differently. It is less oxidized than oolong or black tea, and a little more than white tea. Being oxidized for less time leaves many of the antioxidants and polyphenols intact. It creates tea leaves that are a powerhouse of healthy benefits for you.

Cigarette smoke is bad for you
   

Smoking does damage in many ways to your body, as is commonly known today. Yet the process of quitting is vastly more difficult than tossing out that last pack and vowing never to light up again. Cigarette smoke causes damage to the lungs, throat, may cause high blood pressure, discolor your teeth, cause diseases such as emphysema, and forms of cancer. The risks are not worth continuing, but you may need a little extra help in the journey of quitting smoking. Smoking also breaks down your immune system. It leaves your body open to attack from free radicals which cause illnesses.

Green tea can help

Loose leaf green tea can help alleviate some of the effects of smoking after you have gone through the process of quitting. Green tea has many health benefits, from anti-carcinogenic effects to helping keep your teeth healthy. Loose leaf green is just packed with antioxidants which help boost the immune system and help to combat free radicals which cause diseases in your body.
   
In this way, loose leaf green tea can help to prevent you from getting sick. But this is just one of many of the health benefits of regularly drinking this type of tea. Green tea can also help protect against the effects of aging, and even work to slow down the process.

Weight loss and fighting cancer
   
After quitting smoking, many people find it hard to keep weight off, or to lose weight if they are trying to. Drinking green tea can help in this process as well. There are compounds and nutrients in green tea that help the body to burn off fat at a faster rate. It also helps to boost your metabolism and increase your energy throughout the day.
   
Loose leaf green tea also has ant carcinogenic effects, and may even prevent cancer from developing as well as fight off cancerous cells.
   
When you quit smoking, and start adding five or six cups of loose leaf green tea to your daily routine, you can reduce and help to eradicate the toxins cigarettes have left in your body by a significant amount. Drinking tea regularly is a great way to help get rid of toxins in your body and start the path to a healthy lifestyle.
   
And you don’t have to drink hot tea, you can brew it and store it in a refrigerator. Enjoy a glass of delicious iced tea while kicking the smoking habit.

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Drinking Loose Teas While Pregnant

by Elena Popec 18. February 2011 09:35

Loose teas are delicious and healthy for you. But is it safe to consume while pregnant? Caffeine is not a safe substance to consume, but are the levels in tea low enough not to cause any harm?

Caffeine
   
Some studies do show that moderate intake of caffeine may be completely harmless while pregnant. Moderate intake would translate to about three cups of black tea a day. But to be more cautious, you can drink green or white tea, or even decaffeinated tea. White and green teas do not contain nearly as much caffeine as oolong or black teas. These types of teas are completely safe to consume while pregnant, unless you drink more than three cups in a day.

A healthy choice?
   
The effects of white and green teas can actually be healthy for your baby, as they contain a powerhouse of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Rooibos and honeybush

Both African Rooibos tea and Honeybush teas are considered decaffeinated herbal teas.Anemia is a common problem during pregnancy. Many teas prevent the body from absorbing iron due to an ingredient called tannin. Rooibos and Honeybush teas contain low levels of tannin, so they are less likely to interfere with iron absorption.

Herbal options
   
There are also some herbal teas that you may find to be delightfully flavored that are safe to drink while pregnant. Learn a lot about the different types of herbal teas, for there are some that could have negative side effects on your baby, as would caffeine. But explore all your options.

Decaffeinate your tea
   
Decaffeination is always an option. But pay attention to how the tea has been decaffeinated. It’s important to know about the process the tea has undergone, as some decaffeination processes can be dangerous and inimical to your health. Decaffeinated tea can also be more flavorful than caffeinated tea. Many people prefer decaffeinated tea for the obvious reasons; there's no giddy after-effects, as some people experience from caffeinated beverages. Decaffeinated tea is a great option for those who love tea, but have high blood pressure, or a health related aversion to caffeine.

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Black Tea Health Benefits

by Steven Popec 11. January 2011 12:37

All types of tea have some health benefits, and while green tea and white tea are praised for being powerhouses of healthy compounds, black tea is excellent for your health as well.

What is black tea?
   
Black tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant, the same as green, white, and oolong tea. But it is oxidized for far longer than the others. This gives it a rich, strong flavor, and a delightful aroma, and also gives it its dark color and name. It contains more caffeine than the other types of tea as well. But the claim is that it doesn’t leave it with as many antioxidants and nutrients as other types of teas. But it does, actually, contain a great deal of nutrients and antioxidants, and is far healthier to drink than soda pop or sugary fruit drinks. It contains no calories, fats, or carbs, and contains vitamins in every cup.

Black tea benefits
   
In the East, green and white teas are far more popular than in the West. But in the West, black tea has always been more popular than the other types of tea. It’s inexpensive and convenient to find.
   
And it does contain nutrients and antioxidants. It can help to strengthen your immune system and fight off colds, illnesses, and the flu. By drinking a few cups of tea every day, research has shown that you may improve your immunity to certain viruses and illnesses.
   
Black tea has also been shown to increase cognitive functions such as memory, learning, and concentration. It can benefit the circulation of blood in your body and help to alleviate many ailments. And even though it contains the most caffeine of the varied types of tea, this can help to energize you throughout your busy day.
   
Tea in general has health benefits, and black tea is not excluded. Drinking black tea every day can help improve your health overall and your quality of life.

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Green Tea & Arthritis

by Elena Popec 5. January 2011 15:49

 

 

Loose leaf green tea may be a delectable way to help prevent arthritis. Green tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant, which is the same plant that white, oolong, and loose leaf black teas come from. However, it is processed in a different way which results in its unique, vegetal flavor. Green tea undergoes less oxidation than oolong tea or black tea and this leaves it with more antioxidants, polyphenols, catechins, vitamins, and nutrients than those types of tea.

Arthritis and how green tea may help
   

Arthritis is a debilitating condition that causes inflammation of the joints. It can be extremely painful and cause stiffness and weakness. It can interfere with your quality of life and even impede upon basic daily tasks. It can become difficult to climb stairs or even to type, walk, or prepare food. Drinking green tea may help with rheumatoid arthritis. It contains polyphenols that may help to reduce the severity of this condition. Green tea may delay the onset of arthritis and even after the condition sets in, regular consumption of green tea may result in a more mild form of it.

Green tea is not a cure
   
There is no known cure for arthritis, and while drinking tea on a regular basis may help to prevent it or delay the onset, it is not a cure. And it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, a healthy diet, and daily exercise. While green tea has many health benefits, it’s not a miracle cure for everything. However, it can’t harm you, and in fact is better for you than other types of drinks. It tastes delicious, and yet has no calories. It is a tasty treat that will help improve your health and quality of life over time.

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Great Reasons to Drink Loose Leaf White Tea

by Steven Popec 24. December 2010 13:00

Loose leaf Chinese white tea is amazingly healthy for you. It’s a delicious way to enjoy many health benefits. It may be even better for you than green tea! And green tea is excellent for you, so white tea must be some sort of miracle drink.

What is white tea?
   
White tea comes from the same plant, camellia sinensis, as does green tea, and the other two types, black and oolong tea. The process of oxidation is what changes the flavors of teas, creating these four distinct types. White tea doesn’t undergo the oxidation process, and so these leaves it packed full of more antioxidants that the other four types.

The flavor
   
It also gives white tea an airy, elusive, but fruity taste. It can be enhanced by various fruits, and it can be a fun process to mix and match to see what tastes best to you. This tea can be a flavorful dance along your taste buds, and it has many ways to improve your health as well.

The nutrients
   
White tea also contains a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate, which is more commonly known as EGCG. This catechin is known to fight off harmful free radicals that are involved in causing illnesses and have other harmful effects on the body. It has been shown to have anticarinogenic effects as well, and studies show that it may help to prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and numerous other illnesses and disorders.
   
EGCG may help to slow the aging process, and fight the effects of aging. It can help against a myriad of other inimical conditions. All the different types of teas contain this catechin, but white tea has the highest quantity. It contains even more of it than does green tea.

Tooth health
   
Loose leaf white tea is also good for your teeth. It contains a substance called fluoride which is a product in toothpastes, and typically the main active ingredient. It has antibacterial effects which has been studied and measured in white tea. This will help you to maintain healthy teeth. This tea also doesn’t stain the teeth, which coffee and teas with higher periods of oxidation can do.

Hydration
   
White tea can help to fend off dehydration. Dehydration leads to dry, chapped lips, dry skin, and if it becomes severe can cause you to become seriously ill. White tea helps to restore the balance of fluids. It contains the least amount of caffeine out of the four main types of teas and so it doesn’t lead to your body losing a lot of water. It helps to hydrate you by taking in more fluid than it releases, which is not necessarily true of highly caffeinated drinks.

Energy
   
It does contain some caffeine though, and in this way it can help to energize you. White tea will stimulate brain activity and increase your alertness, and give you more energy for exercise. White tea will also give your metabolism a boost, which will help your body to burn off more calories faster. It will help you slim your waistline if that is a goal of yours, and is far superior to drink than sugary soda pop or sugar packed fruit concentrates. In this way, by replacing your typical soda pops or sugary fruit drinks with white tea, you can lower the amount of calories you are taking in. White tea doesn’t have any calories, so drinking up its deliciousness has no effect on your waistline. And by drinking this you can reduce your intake of sugar, which has a tremendous effect on weight loss. High sugar intake can lead to cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.

Purify your body
   
White tea can also help to detoxify substances that can cause your body harm. The antioxidants in this tea help to do this, and there are more antioxidants in this type compared to the other three main tea types.
   
Drinking a few cups of loose leaf white tea every day is an enjoyable, relaxing experience. It can help to alleviate anxiety and relax you. And it’s a luxurious treat that will improve your health tremendously.

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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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Does the Green Tea Diet Work?

by Steven Popec 19. July 2010 09:31

With all the weight loss miracle claims, it’s hard to ascertain what actually works, and what’s actually good for you. There are many fad diets and crash diets that make wondrous and difficult to believe claims, but many of these are incredibly unhealthy, damaging, and can wreak havoc on your body, and cause far more harm than good. Diet pills and diets that exclude food groups are advertised all the time these days. The truth is that there is no miracle cure, but adding green tea to a healthy diet and exercise plan may help you to lose weight.

Weight loss effects
   
Being at a healthy weight is about more than just social acceptance. It can lead to significant health improvements, such as a lower cholesterol, and put you at a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and a variety of other ailments.
   
The “secret” is that green tea contains a chemical called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, which may be beneficial in helping you lose weight. This is just one of many nutrients and antioxidants that green tea contains that have a beneficial effect on your health and your weight loss adventures.

What green tea is and does
   
Loose leaf green tea comes from the same plant as white, black, and oolong tea. It’s a plant called camellia sinensis which is grown in many countries all over the world. The difference between these types of teas is all in the processing. Green tea is a little more oxidated than white tea, and unlike the fermentation process of black tea, is produced by steaming fresh leaves. In this way, the process yields a higher content of certain types of beneficial nutrients and compounds. Due to this process, loose leaf green tea has a higher content of polyphenols than does black tea, or oolong tea.
   
Green tea has many healthful effects, including a boost in your metabolism which will lead to burning off calories at a quicker rate. Green tea has also been shown to help improve your energy, which leaves you with more energy for daily exercise. It may also burn off fat, making it easier to see those pounds start dropping.
   
The EGCG polyphenol that occurs naturally in this tea will make it easier to burn off more calories throughout the day. It has a stronger effect than other natural compounds to increase thermogenesis, which leads to a higher amount of calories burned off at the end of the day.
   
While all of these are shown in various studies, the truth is that there is no miracle weight loss cure. There is no answer that will instantaneously slim your waist. Weight loss is a journey, and it takes a lot of work and a lot of time. It needs to include a well balanced, healthy diet, and daily exercise. But adding loose leaf green tea to your daily routine can help you in this process. Drinking green tea can only be helpful, as it has a myriad of other nutrients and antioxidants that will lead to health improvements in many areas.
   
It can’t hurt to give green tea a try. It’s healthy and tasty. Drink up and enjoy!

A Guide to Premium Teas

by Elena Popec 16. June 2010 15:06

Tea is delicious and healthful, but there are so many different kinds it can be difficult to navigate through them to choose the right tea for you. Teas have thousands of different varieties and flavors, and the health benefits vary also among the types of teas.

Blends

Most teas today are blends, because pure tea is rarely ever the same. Oolong tea, for example, will vary from being very close to a black tea, to being very similar to green tea, depending on how long the leaves are left to oxidize. Teas will also vary depending on the weather, climate, where they were grown, altitudes, and so on. There are many factors that can change the flavor of a tea.

Why Blends?

Most teas that are widely available in grocery stores and online stores today are tea blends. A common reason to blend tea is to blend higher with lower quality to price the tea at the higher quality level. But the other main reason to blend teas is to create a new, consistent flavor.

Where Tea Comes From

All teas come from the Camellia sinesis plant, which may be surprising considering that there are thousands of varieties of teas. But depending on where the plant is growing, the altitude, weather, climate, and so on, the plant is affected differently. The processing of the tea leaves also affects the variety and flavor of the tea. The tea plants today are grown to about three feet and then harvested; though in the distant past tea plants would grow to be much, much taller. After the tea leaves are processed they are kept protected from air and sunlight so that they maintain their flavor and aroma.

Tea is produced by over twenty-five different countries in the world today, which of course include the main producers: India, China, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Nepal. There are four main types, or varieties, of tea, and they are: white, black, green, and oolong. But among these there are thousands of varieties. These teas all come from the same plant, surprisingly enough, but they vary based on the different climates and altitudes of where they were grown.

The Different Types

But among the four main types the differences depend also on the processing. Black tea is oxidized more than the other types and has a much higher level of caffeine. White tea is the least fermented of all the types. Green tea is sweet with an almost plant-like taste. Oolong varies between being more like black tea or more like green tea, depending on the process.

Green tea has many health benefits. It’s almost like magic. It helps with reducing inflammation, even with keeping teeth healthy. It can improve heart health and has been shown to help lower cholesterol. It can even help prevent or reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. It can help fight off diseases and help prevent cancer, and it can also help boost your energy and metabolism. Teas are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. It’s delicious and healthy. Drink up!

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