Blended for Wellness

"Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food." – Hippocrates

Why Drink Tea? Tea is medicinal. It has been around since ancient civilization. It is an affordable luxury that has been forgotten. 
Twisted Leaf is here to show you why and how you need to bring tea and tea-like drinks into your everyday life! 
Do you know the 5 basic tea types and their caffeine content?
"Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water. Water is essentially replacing fluid. 
Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants, so it's got two things going for it," 
-Dr. Carrie Ruxton, nutrition team leader.
Health benefit information associated with tea.
Further articles, research & information are always being added on tea and it's benefits in daily life.
  • Tea has 8 to 10 times the polyphenols found in fruits and vegetables
  • Tea has over 3,000 varieties. It is the most consumed beverage in the world after water. 
  • Numerous in-depth studies and clinical trials conducted around the world have found that green tea may reduce the risk of many chronic health problems. Black and Oolong teas to a lesser extent.
  • Green tea has shown to increase metabolic rate, burning more fat (more details coming soon)
  • EGCG is the most abundant catechin found mostly in Green tea types. This is what has made Green tea famous for it's medicinal properties. EGCG is a potent antioxidant.
Articles on tea, herbs and wellness

Tearooms Offer a Healthy Buzz - Oodles of antioxidants 
are contained in green tea, black tea, even oolong tea. 
By Jeanie Lerche Davis / WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature 
Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD 

Read the tea leaves, caffeine lovers. Tea is gaining ground over coffee. Tearooms are popping up everywhere. Even Starbucks is bucking up its tea menu. The health benefits of tea are one compelling reason: Green and black teas have 10 times the antioxidants found in 
fruits and veggies, by one estimate. 

For jaded coffee drinkers, tea also offers new sensory frontiers, with its roots in Chinese, Japanese, Indian, African, and South American cultures. When you sip a chai tea latte, for example, you're enjoying a beverage born in India. "All over India, on almost every street corner, vendors sell 
chai tea," says Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the U.S.A. 
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE on health aspects of tea

Scientists Discover Influenza's Achilles Heel: Antioxidants 
Posted by: Dr. Mercola / November 24 2009
As the nation copes with a shortage of vaccines for H1N1 influenza, a team of Alabama researchers has raised hopes that they have found an Achilles' heel for all strains of the flu -- antioxidants.
In an article appearing in the November 2009 print issue of the FASEB Journal, they show that antioxidants -- the same substances found in plant-based foods -- might hold the key in preventing the flu virus from wreaking havoc on our lungs. 
"The recent outbreak of H1N1 influenza and the rapid spread of this strain across the world highlights the need to better understand how this virus damages the lungs and to find new treatments," said Sadis Matalon, co-author of the study.
"Additionally, our research shows that antioxidants may prove beneficial in the treatment of flu."....It is generally recognized that antioxidants are powerful nutrients that protect your health by fighting against free radicals in your body, preventing damage from oxidation. 

Vitamin C Gives Staying Power to Antioxidants 
Posted by: Dr. Mercola / December 04 2007

Those who take lemon juice in their tea may be getting far more of the health benefits, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Catechins are naturally occurring antioxidants found in tea; complementing green tea with either citrus juices or vitamin C increases the amount of catechins available for the body to absorb.

Catechins may be responsible for some of green tea‘s reported health benefits, such as a reduced risk of cancer, heart attack and stroke. But catechins are relatively unstable in the intestines meaning that less than 20 percent of the total generally remains after digestion. 

Citrus juice increased available catechin levels by more than five times, and vitamin C increased recovered levels of the two most abundant catechins by six-fold and thirteen-fold.

Lemon juice caused 80 percent of tea‘s catechins to remain available.

Mario Ferruzi, the study’s lead author, is currently conducting an in vivo study (study on a live organism) to find out if increased levels of intestinal catechins will actually translate to higher levels of absorbed catechins in your body.

Dr. Mercola's Comments: 

The modern lifestyle is built around speed, but as a previous article pointed out, living the fast life may rob you of the good life. Once in a while, it’s good to stop and ask yourself, “Am I living my life fully, or am I just rushing through it?”

Incorporating the habit of eating slower can be that first step to a more relaxed, more fulfilling life—that moment each day when you “stop and smell the roses,” if you will. Slowing down your eating will also help you better digest your food, as you will be chewing it more and mixing it with salivary digestive enzymes. Additionally, chewing helps stimulate intestinal digestive enzyme release.

People are slowly but surely beginning to recognize that certain “slow” times are a vital part of life—without them, you are missing some of the most important reasons for being alive. Once those moments are passed, you can’t get them back at a later “more convenient time.”

Eating slower also goes right along with the lifestyle of eating healthier food, rather than zipping through the nearest fast food joint. This combination of healthier selections, together with slowing down the whole eating process (and sharing time with others), can put you squarely on the right track toward a healthier body, mind and emotional state.

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most powerful catechin found in green tea, and catechins, in turn, belong to the polyphenol family, which are widely acclaimed for disease prevention and anti-aging purposes.  

For centuries, catechins have been known to:

•Neutralize the effects to your body of harmful fats and oils 
•Inhibit bacteria and viruses such as HIV, hepatitis, and herpes 
•Improve digestion 
•Protect against oxidation in your brain and liver 


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