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1. Japan

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Matcha is a powdered green tea from Japan using finely ground, high-quality green tea leaves. It’s traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies.

2. India

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India has a rich and diverse tea history, with traditional masala chai tea being served through South Asia for thousands of years before the tea industry exploded during the British colonial era. Pictured above is the white leaf Darjeeling tea, which grows wild in India.

3. Britain

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Black tea in the UK can be served on its own or with milk and/or sugar and is taken several times a day. Aim for a golden colour when pouring you milk, and for the love of god, brew the tea first.

4. Turkey

Traditional Turkish Tea
Turkish coffee may be the country’s most famous warm drink, but cay tea is its most popular, served with every meal, and often in between. The black tea doesn’t take milk, but can be served with or without sugar and is usually brewed in a really confusing two-chamber pot.

5. Tibet

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Tibetan po cha, or butter tea, combines tea, salt, and yak butter. The tea is brewed for several hours to get a bitter taste, then churned with butter and salt directly before serving. Try it yourself with this recipe.

6. Morocco

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Spearmint is steeped in green tea for this drink, popular in Morocco and across much of North Africa.

7. Hong Kong

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Famous in Hong Kong is iced milk tea known as pantyhose tea or silk stocking tea because it’s similar in colour to nude stockings, no joke. To make, combine strong chilled black tea with evaporated or condensed milk and serve over ice.

8. Taiwan

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Pearl milk tea, aka bubble tea, has become a worldwide phenomenon, but it has its roots in Taiwan. It can be served hot or cold, and typically over tapioca pearls cooked in sugar syrup. Basically once you’ve had bubble tea, you’ll never need a Frappuccino again. Use this recipe to make your own.

9. USA

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Sweet iced tea is the lifeblood of the American South. Usually made using strong-brewed Lipton tea and sugar, you can add lemon, or a pinch of baking soda for smoothness.

10. Russia

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For a cup of Russian tea, several types of black leaves are brewed separately and then mixed in the cup. Like Turkey, Russia traditionally uses a multi-chamber pot, called a samovar, with a chamber for water and a chamber for brewing the tea.

11. Pakistan

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Chai isn’t exclusive to India. Spicy and creamy masala chai is a favourite for Pakistani afternoon tea, and you can use basic English breakfast tea as a base.

12. Thailand

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Cha yen is Thailand’s take on iced milk tea, and it combines condensed milk and brewed Thai Tea Mix.

13. China

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The Chinese love their tea, and drink a wide range of flavours and colours. Pictured is yellow leaf pu-erh tea, which is packaged in bricks or balls, crumbled into the cup, and steeped in hot water.

14. Malaysia

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Malaysia has perfected the tea needed for all deserts and snacks. Shown is Kopi Cham, a drink of coffee plus tea, commonly served hot or iced in Malaysia.

15. Mongolia

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Suutei tsai is cooked in a flat pan with milk and salt. The savoury tea is served in a shallow metal bowl with most meals.

16. Egypt

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Egyptians are well-known for being big tea drinkers. Their national Egyptian drink is called Karkadeh tea, which is a sweet-sour drink of bright red color, made of dried Sudanese rose flower bracts. You can drink it both hot and cold.

17. Argentina

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Yerba mate is a vitamin-packed green tea grown and drunk throughout South America, as well as in Portugal, Lebanon, and Syria. It has a signature smoky flavour and can be served hot or cold.

18. South Africa

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The Rooibos plant produces a bright red tea, and is found exclusively in South Africa. Typically served on its own without sugar or milk, the tea has a naturally mild and sweet flavour, and is a great before bed cuppa.

19. Qatar

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In Qatar, strong milky tea called karak chai is a nationwide favourite. Black tea leaves are boiled in water, mixed with evaporated milk and sugar, and boiled a second time.

20. Mauritania

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Mauritania’s version of the popular north African mint green tea has a specific serving ritual. Drinkers take three cups each, increasing the sweetness of every new cup, so you start bitter and end sweet.

Share you favourite way of tea drinking!

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green-tea-recipesGreen tea is a delicious drink for every occasion.

Drinking green tea, iced or hot, may help reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer and give your immune system a boost. Green Tea contains the highest concentration of antioxidant called polyphenols that helps prevent widespread cell damage by combating free radicals.

Green tea serves as a fitness drink for athletes, an ideal form of nutrition for elderly people and children if your children do not eat or drink a lot of caffeine from other sources (only a little chocolate, cocoa and cola). Owing to its unusual taste, green tea drinks should be sweetened for children.

Green tea recipe is not only healthy but mighty delicious as well. They can be used as garnishes, dried, or infused. The trick? Brew your tea leaves that you use for any green tea recipes in a different way than when prepared for drinking.

Making A Cup f Green Tea

The best water temperature for making green tea is between 79 and 85 degrees celcius. In order to make the best green tea it is recommended that you let the water just reach boiling point and then cool it down to the perfect green tea temperature mentioned above.

The ideal brewing time for green tea is not long at all. In fact, in general between 30 and 60 seconds is usually ideal.

In order to make the best green tea I would also suggest that you pour the green tea over a tea strainer even though high quality green tea loose leaves will usually sink to the bottom of your tea cup.Of course, it is easier preparing green tea by using green tea bags, however, the same water temperature requirements apply. It is always important to make your green tea cooler than hot but warmer than tepid temperature.

Producing the perfect cup of green tea is a tricky process. If not handled properly, those same polyphenols that provide health benefits can ruin the flavour, making the tea taste “gassy.” It’s particularly important not to over brew. While it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for each variety of green tea, here are some general instructions:

  • Use one tea bag for one cup (2-3 teaspoons)
  • Bring the kettle to the boil (cold water)
  • Allow boiled water to stand for 3 minutes
  • Pour the water over the tea bag (or tea) and allow 3 minutes to steep. If you are using a tea bag, remove it after about 30 seconds. The longer you leave it in, the strong it will be.
  • Allow 3 more minutes for the tea to cool.

Ingredients For Green Tea

Some ingredients that can be added when you make your green tea include honey, spearmint, sliced ginger and lemon. When using honey add just one teaspoon for every cup of green tea, brew the tea, allow it to cool and then pour over ice cubes. It’s also very easy to make a delicious chai green tea by simply steeping green tea in hot vanilla soy milk and then adding a dash of ginger, allspice, cinnamon and black pepper on top.

In Japan, the tradition of having green tea with sweets goes as far back as green tea does.

Green tea recipes

Iced Green Tea

Pour one cup of boiling water over two tea bags, let steep for 3 to 5 minutes (5 to 10 minutes or longer for the Decaf Green Tea with Ginseng or Ginkgo & Decaf Green Tea). For stronger flavor, steep longer, or use more tea bags. Remove and squeeze out tea bags. Add ice and enjoy. Make a larger quantity using more tea bags and water, and refrigerate the rest to drink throughout the day.

Use any Triple Leaf Green or Decaf Green Teas in recipes calling for green tea. You can experiment and see which one you like the best. Green tea, is cooling, refreshing, and palate cleansing. It is wonderful with any food recipes.

Green Tea Recipe for Children

You can use 5 ml of honey, adding the pith from 3 cm of vanilla pod and two crushed cloves to make a delicious vanilla tea. Or, you can serve cherry tea by adding frozen cubes of cherry juice and small pieces of cherry. Green tea can also be accompanied by orange juice or apricot juice.

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Ingredients:

  1. 1 liter water
  2. 15 ml Gunpowder green tea
  3. 2 fresh mint twigs or 10 ml dried mint leaves
  4. 25 ml brown sugar

Making Mint Green Tea :
Bring one-third of the water to a boil in a pan. Pour it over the green tea leaves in the pot, allow it to steep for 90 seconds, then pour the first brew away.

Let the second brew steep for 5 minutes, then sieve the green tea. Put the mint and the sugar in a cup and add the remaining hot water. Let it steep for 3 minutes, then pour it through a sieve.

Mix the mint tea and green tea. To improve the taste, you can place fresh mint leaves in a cup.

You can also add few small leaves of lemon balm to the green tea. This gives the drink a tangy taste of lemon, particularly refreshing on hot days.

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Here’s the list of the healthiest drinks in the world:

1. Water
The best and most healthy drink in the world is water. So safe drinking water is another essential. It is the most natural drink in the world yet normal tap water can contain up to 2100 contaminants and if you are consuming these you can be exposed to all means of nasties such as poisons, lead ingestion & even chlorine. So in order to get the full benefits of water you must drink it from a pure source. Pregnant women should drink pure water as impure water can lead to birth defects.

2. Tea
Tea is actually one of the three healthiest drinks in the world. In fact, it is the most commonly consumed beverage after water. The simple tea leaf has conquered the world and has become a beloved drink that billions of people enjoy. However, tea is not just an ordinary beverage. This delicately flavored drink offers numerous important health benefits. It’s therefore not sensible to stop drinking tea in favour of sweetened, artificially flavoured drinks.

The antioxidants that tea contains in abundance can help keep our immune systems healthy and fight infections; they have anti-aging properties, and can even help in the fight against cancer causing cells. The polyphenols in tea can reduce gastric, esophageal and skin cancers. Another health benefit of tea is that it has virtually no calories. Tea is a perfect beverage for people who are trying to reduce weight. It is also a preferred alternative to coffee as it has less caffeine. Tea also contains fluoride for strong teeth. Green tea also seems to help protect the body from autoimmune disorders. As one of the healthiest drinks in the world, green tea aids digestion, boosts the immune system, promotes weight loss, inhibits carcinogens, and lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure.

It’s clear that we should be drinking as much tea as we can. And with a sophisticated black kettle as a part of your stylish black and white kitchen, boiling up that brew can be as fun as it is healthy.

3. Grape Juice
Grape juice is a fruit juice obtained from crushing grapes, and considering all of its benefits it can be named as one of the healthiest drinks in the world. The juice is often fermented and made into wine, brandy, or vinegar.

A recent study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that grape juice was among the highest in antioxidants among the juices tested, including pomegranate juice. Red wine and certain types of grape juices have high levels of polyfenol which can stop the production of proteins causing cardiovascular illnesses. Drinking Concord grape juice can be good for the heart – much like red wine. And so, with the link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer causing concern for some women, drinking 100 percent grape juice made from Concord grapes can help your heart and perhaps your breast health. Grape juice can also lower the risk of developing the blood clots that lead to heart attacks.

4. Superjuice
One of the healthiest drinks in the world – is a superjuice that contains 19 different nutrient-rich fruits, and the whole fruit: juice, pulp and skin, so you get all the goodness and antioxidants. The main ingredient is the acai berry from the Amazon rainforest, which has been dubbed The World’s Number One Super Food by Dr Nicholas Perricone. The other fruits include bilberry, goji (wolfberry), pomegranate, acerola, camucamu, red and white grapes, all selected so that the superjuice is packed with health-protecting phytonutrients right across the entire colour spectrum.

Remember it’s important to drink much, but don’t forget about the clean drinking water.

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Summer is here and we need to keep our bodies hydrated. If you do not drink enough fluids, you will become dehydrated and this will have a direct effect even upon your oral health (bad breath syndrome for example).

On the other hand, you need to drink a lot but you need to drink only the healthy stuff. It doesn’t mean that in order to keep your body hydrated you will drink 2 liters of coke which is filled with sugar, caffeine and many other synthetic agents which are harmful for the health in general and for the teeth in particular. The enamel of your teeth can get destroyed only during one summer of drinking the wrong fluids.

Some health friendly drinks that you should get used to include pure ice water, mineral water with a slice of lime for the flavor, iced tea, while beer lovers can drink now and then a nonalcoholic beer.

It is very important to keep in mind that the best summer drinks and the best health friendly drinks are those which will contribute with the greatest amount of water to your organism.

Water is the one hydrating your body from the inside, while all the other ingredients such as sugar or caffeine will only do a lot of harm. Sugar adds unwanted calories to your diet, while caffeine is a diuretic, which means that you will eliminate more urine than necessary, and your system cannot hydrate properly.

Here are a few of the best tips to keep yourself hydrated while still drinking “delicious” drinks:

Pure Cold water – this will refresh your system, keep you hydrated during those torrid days. Whenever you are thirsty, make sure to begin with water. Those who cannot drink water from the tap, should purchase a good filtering system for the water.

Flavored Water – there are many types of bottled water available, which are fused with a special essence or flavor. The water does not contain any sugar or any colorants; it just has a fine and subtle aroma of strawberry, lime, lemon, berry or orange. Some of the best brands to chose from include Perrier (lemon), Geyser water, Crystal or Calistoga for instance.

Black Tea & Green Tea – again an extremely healthy solution, but you must stay away from the sweetener. Just try to drink the iced tea without any sugar, and in a few days, you will get used to it. Adding a lot of sugar to the iced tea will not do any good to your health.

For Coffee lovers there is always the iced coffee available – if you can, choose the decaffeinated version, because it is much healthier. Also, make sure to add only low-fat milk or cream to your iced coffee, and then you can sip one or two such coffees during the day.

Natural juice + water – Have you got a god juice extractor at home? Then, it is time to throw some apples, oranges, carrots and a slice of lemon and make some juice. You should mix half water and half juice and drink this healthy and nourishing drink to stay hydrated during the day. Make sure to add no sugar!

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Everyone needs time and energy to achieve big goals. When you have not enough energy then much more precious time is lost. To get some extra energy people tend to consume well known energy drinks, not thinking about the consequences. How to get energy and to remain healthy? Here you can find the answer.

As a result of frequent consuming of different energy drinks people can get upset stomach, leg weakness, heart palpitations, being jittery, nervousness, can have problems with sleeping, and affected blood pressure. All of these are the result of inorganic chemicals used in that drinks.

However, there are some more natural ways to get the needed effect. The same coffee, for example, served with skim or soy milk can help you a lot. It’s important not to overstate it. Not more than 2-3 servings a day of caffeinated beverages are recommended, preferably served along with food. If you find caffeine overly stimulating, try half-caffeinated beverages.

Being dehydrated can lead everyone to fatigue. That’s why sports drinks, fruit juices, water, and low-fat milk are recommended. The best are fresh fruit juices and purified water, of course. You can try some weak green tea, too.

One of the most useful and energizing drinks is the yerba mate tea. This plant is well known in the Latino American Countries. Now it becomes even more fashionable then coffee. The main reason for drinking it is the enormous number of useful ingredients it contains.

A low-fat yogurt or any low-fat yogurt drinks can also give you energy, because of the carbohydrates contained there. Apart from that you can add a healthy diet, physical activity, good night’s sleep, vegetables, and fresh or dried fruits.

However, it seems that your active lifestyle requires some more efficient and portable solutions. Fortunately, there are some. A few energy healthy drinks exist these days, and they are not as known, among big masses, as the unhealthy ones.

One of them is Vemma Verve Energy Drink. It is filled with vitamins, plant minerals, phytonutrients from exotic and rare mangosteen fruits, organic aloe, and green tea. Its secret, as the producers say, consists in the specific way of preparing all this stuff.

Another source of energy is the Electrifire Energy Healthy Drink. This one is known for its absolutely natural composition. It contains purified water, orange, lime, ginger, frankincense, pomegranate, geranium, Ylang Ylang, aronia berry, passion fruit, peppermint, cranberry, rosemary antioxidant, rose, chili, and Vitamin B-12.

A.C.T. energy drinks speed-up your metabolism with natural and whole food ingredients such as guarana, green tea, panax ginseng, and maca root. This healthy drink also contain Fibersol-2, a natural, safe, and healthy source of soluble fiber. It’s known to support and promote healthy weight loss.

Names are different, effects are the same. But the consequences are different, too. If you really care about your health and about your future success, then spend some time on finding out the truth about things you consume. It will definitely economizes lots of time in future.

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When Spring comes it is useful to know some simple methods of keeping your body and soul healthy, especially when the weather changes so fast and can badly affect our still fragile immune system. There are some useful and healthy drinks, that can be easily bought or made at home.

Green tea. It is one of the most useful and healthy drinks, known for more then 4700 years. It contains over 700 chemicals that protects us from more then 300 different kinds of bacteria.

Tea plays an important role in improving beneficial intestinal micro-flora, as well as providing immunity against intestinal disorders and in protecting cell membranes from oxidative damage. The role of tea is well established in normalizing blood pressure, lipid depressing activity, prevention of coronary heart diseases and diabetes by reducing the blood-glucose activity.

Tea also prevents dental caries due to the presence of fluorine. Green tea infusions contain a huge number of antioxidants, mainly used to make our lives longer. Apart from that, green tea can easily reduces your thirst in hot, sunny days.

Black tea. It is a variety of tea that is more oxidized than the oolong, green, and white varieties. Black tea is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than the less oxidized teas. It also retains its flavor for several years. In spring, cold days it is perfect for rising up your mood and to keep the body temperature higher.

These types of tea can be mixed with different fruits, usually small, dried pieces. It will add something new in the casual process of drinking tea. Every tea-drinking can become a small holiday. If you have no time for creative work – the same teas mixed with fruits can be bought in the neighbor shops.

Water. One of the oldest and most undiscovered substances and healthy drinks. Using natural water in you daily food is essential for a healthy life. Some raw-eaters consider water the only drink that must be consumed.

But only clean water is really useful for our body. There are many and difficult ways to clean it, but one of the most available and workable is just using silver in the process of purifying. It will give you the possibility to drink clean water and to have a healthy body and life.

Juice. It is a healthy liquid naturally contained in fruit or vegetable tissue. Juice is prepared by mechanically squeezing or macerating fresh fruits or vegetables without the application of heat or solvents. Juice may be prepared in the home from fresh fruits and vegetables using variety of hand or electric juicers.

It’s composition and taste depend on the fruits mixed there. Juices are often consumed for their health benefits. For example, orange juice is rich in vitamin C, while prune juice is associated with a digestive health benefit. Cranberry juice has long been known to help prevent or even treat bladder infections. Besides, today it’s popular to combine different fruits into a single juice drink.

These simple and accessible drinks do help everyone to support a healthy body and good mood. They represent a part of everyday life for all people who cares about themselves.

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Kombucha is a microbiological food. It helps regenerate the bowel flora and is excellent for wellbeing.

Kombucha is a popular health promoting beverage and natural folk remedy made by fermenting tea. Kombucha is a colony or culture of yeast and other microorganisms embedded in a pure cellulose “pancake.” When the “pancake” is grown in a blend of tea and sugar, it transforms the liquid into a refreshingly lightly sparkling, sweet and sour drink with a fruity fragrance full of health giving acids and nutrients. The Kombucha culture feeds on the sugar and, in exchange, produces other valuable substances which change into the drink: glucuronic acid, glucon acid, lactic acid, vitamins, amino acids, antibiotic substances.

Kombucha tea has about 0.5% to 1% alcohol as do some fruit juices such as apple juice. Harold Tietze in his book KOMBUCHA, THE MIRACLE FUNGUS observes that Muslims and Buddhists drink it without concern. “Recovered alcoholics do not have to fear the small amounts of alcohol.” The Salvation Army is using Kombucha to help alcoholics.

Kombucha tea isn’t something you can buy in a bottle or a bag. You need to brew up a batch of kombucha starter culture and grow your own.

The health benefits of kombucha tea are many, and the taste is distinctively tart. The final product is lightly carbonated too. If you’re interested in trying some, be prepared to do a little work and to wait for the finished product.

Kombucha Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 – 6 Tea bags (at least 2 are black)
  • 4 litres ( 140 fl oz) Pure water, rain or spring
  • 300 grams (10 oz) White Sugar
  • 1 Kombucha tea fungus
  • 400 ml (1 3/4 cup//14 fl oz) Kombucha tea (mother tea), from your last brew or obtained with the mushroom / fungus – If you don’t have enough mother liquid

Instruction:
Boil the water in a stainless steel pot, add sugar, turn off heat and stir sugar until dissolved. Add teabags and let soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow to cool. Strain (not necessary) and pour into fermenting jar. Add the fungus and mother tea to the jar. Cover and leave for one week in a place free from contaminants such as mould, cooking fats etc.

Recipes for Kombucha Tea with Pawpaw (Papaya)

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams (3.5 oz) Paw paw leaves and flowers
  • 4 litres (140 fl oz) Pure water, rain or spring
  • 300 grams (10 oz) White sugar
  • 2 Green tea bags
  • 4 Black tea bags
  • 1 Kombucha tea mushroom
  • 400 ml (1 3/4cup / 14 fl oz) Kombucha tea (mother tea), from your last brew or obtained with the fungus. If you don’t have enough mother liquid

Instruction:
Cut, clean and chop the stalks off the papaya leaves and flowers. Place in pot, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 1/2 hour. Let cool, strain and bring to the boil again, add sugar, turn off heat and stir sugar until dissolved. Add teabags and let soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow to cool. Strain (not necessary) and pour into fermenting jar. Add the fungus and mother tea to the jar. Cover and leave for one week in a place free from contaminants such as mould, cooking fats etc.

Ingredients:
The following quantities are for one litre.

  • 5 tablespoons = 1/3 cup
  • 3-5 tablespoons of white sugar.
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons black tea (organic).
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons green tea (organic).
  • 1 teaspoon elderflower tea (optional).
  • 1 tablespoon papaya leaf tea (optional).
  • 1 litre water (Grander water).
  • 100 mls of Kombucha tea, (as an acidic starter).
  • 1 piece of Kombucha plant. (about 4 inches in diameter.)

Instruction:
Add the sugar to a glass bowl, dangle the tea bags over the side, then pour on boiling water. Use the tea bags to stir the liquid and dissolve the sugar. Leave the tea bags to steep until the tea has cooled. If you are using loose tea then steep the tea in a teapot, then mix with the sugar and boiled water in a bowl. Some herbs such as papaya leaf will need simmering in boiling water for 2 hours. Strain the herbs through muslin cloth.
When the tea has cooled to below 25C, mix in the Kombucha tea, then float the Kombucha plant on the surface. Cover the bowl with a tea towel held in place with an elastic band and leave it where it won’t be disturbed for 2 – 4 weeks at 20-25C. The longer you ferment the kombucha the less sweet and the more acidic it will become. The Kombucha tea is ready when a new mushroom has covered the surface and all of the sugar has been digested. When the kombucha is ready, scoop the tea out the bowl with a small jug and transfer to bottles. Discard the sediment. Refrigerate the kombucha before drinking. Store unused kombucha mushrooms covered with kombucha tea in a jar in the refrigerator.

Honey Kombucha Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1. Two cups of starter tea
  • 2. 3 quarts of water
  • 3. 1 cup of Liquid Honey
  • 4. 1/2 cup of sugar

Instruction:
Boil water for 5 to 10 minutes and remove from heat. Using a cooking thermometer monitor the temperature. When the temperature has fallen below 150 degrees F. add the cup of honey (or 1.5 cups to speed fermentation) and stir until the honey is dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Once the tea reaches room temperature you can pour off the mixture (leaving the sediment on the bottom behind).

Kombucha Banana Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces orange juice
  • 4 ounces Kombucha tea.
  • One piece of fresh Kombucha colony (sized to palate)
  • 5-6 large fresh strawberries
  • 1-2 large banana

Blend all ingredients at high speed in your blender until smooth.

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It’s true. Tea has been shown to offer protection to our teeth. Tea is a natural source of fluoride, which is known to protect against tooth decay.

Drinking tea (without added sugar) has been associated with a number of beneficial effects in preventing tooth decay.

Epidemiological surveys have reported that some populations who drink tea on a regular basis have a reduced number of carious teeth. Proposed mechanisms for tea’s oral health benefits include:

Fluoride
The authors concluded that tea was an effective vehicle for delivering fluoride to the oral cavity where it may then become associated with the oral tissues potentially helping to prevent dental decay. Even for adults, whose teeth are fully formed, tea’s fluoride is a great way to protect your teeth. The fluoride found in tea has been shown to inhibit the growth of glucosyltransferase. This substance helps the plaque that naturally forms to adhere to our teeth.

Tannins
Other components of tea may also contribute to the inhibition of caries. It has been reported that the tannins in tea can inhibit salivary amylase thereby reducing the cariogenic potential of starch-containing foods.

Acid erosion
In addition to its beneficial effect on plaque, tannin, along with other components of tea such as catechin, caffeine and tocopherol have been shown to be effective in increasing the acid resistance of tooth enamel.

Flavonoids
Both green and black tea and their specific flavonoids, mainly catechins, have exhibited inhibitory effects on the growth of cariogenic bacteria by preventing the adherence and growth of plaque bacteria at the tooth surface.

So, while black tea is definitely good for you, and is protective to your teeth, for the maximum overall health benefits, get your daily dose of green tea. Many scientists today suggest that for the maximum benefit to your dental health, you combine the two. Both are delicious and refreshing, making a wonderful drink any time of day. It may be one of the simplest ways you can protect your health – and your smile.

One cup of tea contains approximately 0.25 milligrams of fluoride. Fluoride is well known about its positive effect on teeth. One’s daily fluoride need is somewhere between 1.4 and 1.5 milligrams. Thus tea consumption also contributes to meet our fluoride need.

People, who have abandoned their morning cup of coffee for a healthier cup of herbal tea might want to think again, say British researchers. They found that many herbal teas seriously damage teeth by eroding protective enamel.

Drinking herbal teas regularly can erode tooth enamel, according to a new study conducted in the United Kingdom. Paul Brunton and A. Hussain at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester conducted their study with three groups of 21 extracted teeth.

Each set of teeth was dropped into either regular black tea (Typhoo), herbal tea (Twinings’ Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla tea), or water. The teeth soaked for 14 days, which the investigators determined to be equal to drinking three cups a day for 18 years.

Both the black tea and the herbal tea caused tooth surface loss; however, Brunton and Hussain found that the erosive effect of herbal tea was five times more severe. The findings, published in the November 2001 issue of the Journal of Dentistry, were attributed to the high acid content of the herbal tea.

Another tea study of tea effects found that polyphenols–chemicals found in tea–can help prevent bad breath. Laboratory experiments revealed that polyphenols can retard the bacterial growth that causes bad breath.

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Ginkgo biloba is the oldest organism on our planet. Today, people use ginkgo leaf extracts hoping to improve memory; to treat or help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; to decrease intermittent claudication (leg pain caused by narrowing arteries); and to treat sexual dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, tinnitus, and other health conditions.

More than 40 components isolated from the ginkgo tree have been identified, but only two are believed to be responsible for the herb’s beneficial effects in humans — flavonoids and terpenoids. Flavonoids (such as quercetin and rutin) have potent antioxidant effects. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that flavonoids protect the nerves, heart muscle, blood vessels, and retina from damage. Terpenoids (such as ginkgolides) improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets.

One of the most common uses of ginkgo biloba is to improve memory. Scientifically controlled double blind tests have shown that ginkgo biloba increases blood circulation to the brain, thereby improving the oxygen content of brain tissue and cells. More oxygen to the brain means more clarity, increased ability to focus, increased attention span and a general feeling of being more awake. This is the reason that ginkgo biloba is an ingredient in some energy drinks. There is a special group of healthy energy drinks which based on ginkgo biloba.

Ginkgo is generally safe and non-toxic in therapeutic dosages. Exceeding a daily dose of 240 mg of the dried extract may result in restlessness, diarrhea, and mild gastrointestinal disorders. Those on anticoagulants should have their doctor adjust their dose or should avoid ginkgo in order to avoid over-thinning their blood and hemorrhaging. Ginkgo should be avoided two days before and one to two weeks after surgery to avoid bleeding complications.

Ginkgo biloba is taken orally and can be used in varied forms as tablets, capsules, liquid extracts and dried tea leaves which can be consumed similar to tea. You can drink it with tea. It’ll be tasty and healthy.tea with ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba tea is for those people who prefer to take it in a tea form. As we mentioned above there are ginkgo biloba capsules, powder and liquids too. But for those who would love to take this herbal medicine in a cup of tea, ginkgo biloba tea is the best way for you. Ginkgo biloba tea is as effective as the capsule, powder and liquid form.

Ginkgo biloba tea goes well with other herb tea too. If you are using ginkgo biloba tea to enhance memory, you can use it with other memory-enhancing herbs such as sage, rosemary and gotu kola. Also you can prepare Ginkgo tea with ginkgo leaf, green tea and jasmine flowers.Ginkgo biloba tea could also be used with hawthorn and lemon balm herbs to promote proper circulation. To relieve stress and anxiety, especially those that involve mental stress, use oats and nettle with ginkgo biloba tea.

Ginkgo biloba tea is easy to prepare and can be prepared with other herb tea for maximum benefit. Ginkgo biloba tea is an exciting, natural and healthy alternative beverage to your usual cup of tea every morning.

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There are two ways to lose weight, either reduce energy intake, or increase energy expenditure. Because hypothyroidism, even after treatment, may reduce energy expenditure in some people, patients naturally are looking for options that can help safely help raise the metabolism.

Metabolism (pronounced: muh-tah-buh-lih-zum) is a collection of chemical reactions that takes place in the body’s cells to convert the fuel in the food we eat into the energy needed to power everything we do, from moving to thinking to growing. Specific proteins in the body control the chemical reactions of metabolism, and each chemical reaction is coordinated with other body functions. In fact, thousands of metabolic reactions happen at the same time – all regulated by the body – to keep our cells healthy and working.

In a study reported on in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that green tea extract resulted in a significant increase in energy expenditure (a measure of metabolism), plus also had a significant effect on fat oxidation. While some of the effects were originally theorized to be due to the caffeine content of green tea, the researchers discovered that the tea actually has properties that go beyond those that would be explained by the caffeine.

The same amount of caffeine as was in the green tea, administered alone, failed to change energy expenditure in other studies. This led researchers to believe that there is some interaction going on with the active ingredients of green tea that promotes increased metabolism and fat oxidation.

The researchers indicated that their findings have substantial implications for weight control. A 4% overall increase in 24-hour energy expenditure was attributed to the green tea extract, however, the research found that the extra expenditure took place during the daytime.

Thermogenesis is the process by which the body generates heat, or energy, by increasing the metabolic rate above normal. This rise in metabolic rate is referred to as the thermogenic effect, thermogenic response, or specific dynamic action (SDA). Thermogenesis is activated by a few different mechanisms, including supplements, nutrition, exercise, and exposure to cold.

This led them to conclude that, since thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) contributes 8-10% of daily energy expenditure in a typical cubject, that this 4% overall increase in energy expenditure due to the green tea actually translated to a 35-43% increase in daytime thermogenesis.

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It’s a very interesting to know about the most popular non-alcoholic drinks in the world. Where are they from, what are their compositions and some special features about them.

1. TEA

Tea is a drink made by infusing leaves of the tea plant in hot water. The name ‘tea’ is also used to refer to the leaves themselves; and it is also the name of a mid- to late-afternoon meal in the British Isles and associated countries, at which tea (the drink) is served along with various foods.

Tea has been an item of trade and tribute for at least three thousand years. It was first cultivated and brewed in China, and many of the best varieties still come from China. Some of the finest oolongs in the world are grown in Taiwan. Japan also produces a considerable amount of green tea, most of which is consumed domestically.

After the British took up tea drinking, they began cultivating the plants native to India in order to have more control over the trade. India, Sri Lanka, and other South Asian countries produce a large portion of the world harvest.

Standage says tea played a leading role in the expansion of imperial and industrial might in Great Britain many centuries later. During the 19th century, the East India Company enjoyed a monopoly on tea exports from China.

As the Industrial Revolution of 18th and 19th centuries gained steam, tea provided some of the fuel. Factory workers stayed alert during long, monotonous shifts thanks to welcome tea breaks.

The beverage also had unintended health benefits for rapidly growing urban areas.

2. WATER

Water (H2O) is often perceived to be ordinary as it is transparent, odorless, tasteless and ubiquitous. It is the simplest compound of the two most common reactive elements, consisting of just two hydrogen atoms attached to a single oxygen atom. Indeed, very few molecules are smaller or lighter.

From a biological standpoint, water has many distinct properties that are critical for the proliferation of life that set it apart from other substances. It carries out this role by allowing organic compounds to react in ways that ultimately allow replication. All known forms of life depend on water. Without water, your body would stop working properly. Water makes up more than half of your body weight and a person can’t survive for more than a few days without it. Why? Your body has lots of important jobs and it needs water to do many of them. For instance, your blood, which contains a lot of water, carries oxygen to all the cells of your body. Without oxygen, those tiny cells would die and your body would stop working. In addition to being an important part of the fluids in your body, each cell depends on water to function normally.

3. COFFEE

Coffee is a well-known beverage prepared from coffee beans, of the coffee plant.

The story of how coffee growing and drinking spread around the world is one of the greatest and most romantic in history and starts in the Arabian Peninsula, where roasted beans were first brewed around A.D. 1000. Sometime around the 15th century coffee spread throughout the Arab world.

When coffee arrived in Europe it was similarly hailed as an “anti-alcohol” that was quite welcome during the Age of Reason in the 18th century.

Coffee raises capacity for work, gives strengths and energy and topes up. But there is a negative coffee’s influence in the human’s health because of its caffeine.

Coffee also fuelled commerce and had strong links to the rituals of business that remain to the present day.

4. KVASS

Kvass is a very refreshing Russian beverage which is made in many Russian households about once a week. Kvass is a lacto-fermented beverage made from stale rye bread. It tastes like beer but is not alcoholic. Kvass is considered a tonic for digestion and excellent thirst. It is also recognized that kvass is safer to drink than water.

Kvass protects against infectious disease, there is no worry about sharing the glass. In wealthy households, various kinds of kvass were made either with rye bread or with currants, raspberries, lemons, apples, pears, cherries, bilberries and lingonberries.

Real bread kvass using natural ingredients in its production technology – dried rye bread, sugar and water. As a result of the fermentation process, a thirst-quenching drink is obtained, with a distinct bread aroma and a strong rye bread taste. Unifying modern production technology with ancient fermenting methods, a flavor composition is obtained reflecting a product of a completely new quality, which pleasantly quenches thirst. Recommended to be used chilled!

The alcohol content is so low (0.05-1.44%) that it is considered acceptable for consumption by children. It is often flavoured with fruits or herbs such as strawberries or mint.

5. JUICE

Juice is a liquid naturally contained in fruit or vegetable tissue. Juice is prepared by mechanically squeezing or macerating fresh fruits or vegetables without the application of heat or solvents. For example, orange juice is the liquid extract of the fruit of the orange tree. Juice may be prepared in the home from fresh fruits and vegetables using variety of hand or electric juicers.

Popular juices include but are not limited to apple, orange, prune, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, tomato, carrot, grape, strawberry, cherry, cranberry, celery and pomegranate. It has become increasingly popular to combine a variety of fruits into single juice drinks.

Juices are often consumed for their health benefits. For example, orange juice is rich in vitamin C, while prune juice is associated with a digestive health benefit. Cranberry juice has long been known to help prevent or even treat bladder infections, and it is now known that a substance in cranberries prevents bacteria from binding to the bladder.

6. LEMONADE

Lemonade is a worldwide non-alcoholic drink. Summer is the best time of drinking it especially with the mint. Iced lemonade always will slake and will raise your mood.

It’s a drink made of lemon juice (fresh better), water and sugar or honey. Lemonade much better and healthy than any soft drink. To prepare lemonade is so easy as preparing tea or coffee.

In the US, a drink made of lemon juice, sugar and water in the UK, a carbonated drink that doesn’t necessarily contain anything closer to a lemon than a bit of citric acid.

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green diet teaDiet tea is known to have high quantities of manganese and potassium. Manganese is essential for bone growth and development. Potassium is essential for maintaining a proper heartbeat. If the potassium level is low it can result in irregular heart beat and thus blood levels are affected. Fatigue sets in easily.

A diet tea with little bit of skimmed milk is a very healthy beverage. It contains carbohydrate, protein minerals like potassium, manganese, calcium, zinc and vitamins B1, B2, and B6. High vitamins level is essential in the body as vitamins help to release energy from fats and carbohydrates, increases body metabolism, provides antioxidants and strengthens the immune system in the body.

Diet tea is rich in phenols and other reducing agents, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants are very useful for maintaining health.

Diet tea come in different forms and varieties and is very popular in countries with different culture. But any long-term studies have not been done to identify the actual effectiveness and the side effects of diet tea. So it is necessary to have a proper study about this matter as more and more people are attracted to the idea of taking diet tea to reduce their weight. Before taking diet tea as a diet supplement it will be better to consult a doctor and make sure that the components of the diet tea will not interfere with the medicines one taking for other health problems .

Tea is an ancient treasure that can be incorporated into your healthy diet plan. However, there are many Diet Tea formulas that have made their place in the ‘weight loss market’ which claim to enhance weight loss. They may also claim that their key ingredients work ‘naturally’ to assist the body in burning calories more efficiently by making fat and blood sugar available for body fuels.

Types of Diet Tea fruit healthy diet tea

Most herbal diet teas fall into one of two categories.

The first type contains stimulants that supposedly cause us to burn fat faster, though scientific studies have not yet proven this claim. Since they are stimulants, they may also work as appetite suppressants; these teas also carry the risks of other appetite suppressants, including nervousness, headaches and sleeplessness. Examples of stimulant ingredients include ephedra, ephedrine, ma huang, kola nut, and guarana.

The other major type of “diet tea” produces weight loss by acting as a laxative or diuretic to promote the loss of large amounts of body fluid. Unlike fiber-based “bulk” laxatives, these stimulant laxatives become habit-forming by causing intestinal muscle to lose the ability to function without them. By causing excess water loss, they can also lower levels of important minerals like potassium, which can cause serious health problems. Some of the most common of these stimulant laxatives are senna, locust plant, angustofolia, cassia angustofolia, cascara and buckthorn. These same ingredients can also be found in herbal “cleansing” or “purifying” products. Experts warn that the use of such products is hazardous.

Benefits of Diet Tea

Diet tea helps to keep intestines healthy. It has a beneficial effect in keeping blood sugar level in check by preventing poisonous chemicals from damaging the bet-cells of the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas.

Traditionally it is believed that diet tea helps to lose weight. They help to increase the fat burning process by increased metabolism. Also they have laxative and diuretic effect.

Most experts are of opinion that the green tea or the diet tea significantly helps to reduce appetite and thus results in decreased intake of food and weight loss.

Diet-tea significantly increases a person’s metabolic rate and causes increased energy expenditure and oxidation of fat. Chinese green tea or the diet tea contain only very negligible amount of caffeine, so it does not cause increased heart rate and is considered safe. The most beneficial thing about using this tea is the other health improving properties. Green tea or the diet tea has strong anti-oxidant property, even greater than that of vitamin c .More over; diet tea is capable of preventing certain types of cancer.

Diet tea consumption also has many other benefits. Diet-tea or green tea contains fluoride which will help to fight tooth decay. Diet tea may also helps in regulating insulin levels of the body, so it is considered good for diabetic patients.

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harvesting tea leafA new tea-plant must grow for five years before its leaves can be picked and, at 30 years of age, it will be too old to be productive. The trunk of the old plant must then be cut off to force new stems to grow out of the roots in the coming year. By repeated rehabilitation in this way, a plant may serve for around 100 years.

In ancient China, picking tea leaves was a common activity in the farm. There were great numbers of poems written about it.

Tea picking is carried out by hand, usually by groups of women. Their agile fingers pick only the bud and first two leaves of each shoot and place them in a basket slung behind their backs. The women often sing as they work to help them sustain a rhythm as they move along the rows of tea bushes. The tea leaves are processed after plucking and sorted into categories based on fermentations and other processing treatments.

In China men, women and children are employed for picking tea, and three crops are gathered in favorable seasons, with occasionally a fourth picking. Under the stimulus of East Indian heat and moisture, the “flushes,” or new growth of shoots, buds and leaves, are renewed as often as once in a week or ten days; so that during a season of nine months, from a dozen, to a maximum of thirty pickings are made. The same conditions apply to the tea plantations of Java. After ten or twelve years the bushes decline in vigor from the strain of constant loss of young growth, and are replaced by new plants. Thirty pounds of green leaves are an average day’s work for women and children.

The season of tea-picking depends on the local climate and therefore varies from area to area. A skilled picker can only gather 600 grams (a little over a pound) of green tea leaves in a day.

People Who are Picking Tea Leaves in the Shaded Field are Careful to:

  1. Make sure the tree belongs to the shaded area
  2. Start picking at the bottom and move upward to end at the top
  3. Pick only the top three leaves leaving a small leaf just below them
  4. Remove it if they have picked it
  5. Watch out for old leaves and other foreign substance which may find their way into their basket. Throw them away on finding them.
  6. Put no pressure on the leaves in the basket
  7. Start processing promptly

For the processes of ginding, parching, rolling, shaping and drying into other grades of tea, various machines have been developed and implemented, turning out approximatly 100 kilograms of finished tea an hour and relieving the workers from much of their drudgery.

Tea Sorting, Grading and Packing

Tea sorting machines are used to sort out various types of tea leaves, so that they can be graded and blended according to their quality.

Tea sorting machines use compressed for its sorting process. The compressed air is able to sift out big leaves from the small and so on. And like so many other processes, moisture is the main barrier to the smooth process of sorting. It is best to ensure that the compressed air is clean and dry before it is fed into the sorting machines.

Process of Tea Packing

The first step in packaging tea is grading it by particle size, shape, and cleanliness. This is carried out on mechanical sieves or sifters fitted with meshes of appropriate size. With small-sized teas in demand, some processed teas are broken or cut again at this stage to get a higher proportion of broken grades.

Teas are packed in airtight containers in order to prevent absorption of moisture, which is the principal cause of loss of flavour during storage. Packing chests are usually constructed of plywood, lined with aluminum foil and paper, and sealed with the same material. Also used are corrugated cardboard boxes lined with aluminum foil and paper or paper sacks lined with plastic.

Blended teas are sold to consumers as loose tea, which is packed in corrugated paper cartons lined with aluminum foil, in metal tins, and in fancy packs such as metallized plastic sachets, or they are sold in tea bags made of special porous paper. Tea bags are mainly packed with broken-grade teas.

The job of picking tea leaves is best suited to young girls with dexterity as great care must be exercised in the way the leaves are plucked.

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produsing green teaGreen tea, which is unfermented tea, remains the most popular tea in Asian countries such as China and Japan. In fact, up until the eighteenth century, it was also the most popular form of tea in Britain as well. Imports of green tea into the United States outpaced black tea until about 1915. Much of the tea dumped into the Boston harbor during the Boston Tea Party, was in fact green tea. Thus it is unlikely that the harbor turned to a copper color!

Green tea is the palest in color, ranging from light green to light yellow in color. Green tea is not oxidized; the leaves are steamed or baked immediately after being plucked. They are then rolled and dried allowing the leaves to remain green in color. Green tea is made from both new buds as well as young leaves – “pluckers” take ‘two leaves and a bud’.

About ninety percent of the world’s green tea is produced in China. While most of the world’s black tea comes from countries such as Sri Lanka (Ceylon), India, Kenya, Indonesia and Argentina, these countries produce little, if any, green tea. Several hundred varieties of green tea are made in China alone. Some of the most popular include Gunpowder, Hyson, Imperial Green, and Gyokuro (Japan). A cup of green tea is generally much lighter than other teas. While Asian cultures have believed for centuries that green tea has properties beneficial to human health, modern science is just now discovering that this may be true.

What’s Green Tea Made Of

The healthful properties of green tea are largely attributed to polyphenols, chemicals with potent antioxidant properties. In fact, the antioxidant effects of polyphenols appear to be greater than vitamin C. The polyphenols in green tea also give it a somewhat bitter flavor.

Polyphenols contained in teas are classified as catechins. Green tea contains six primary catechin compounds: catechin, gallaogatechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, and apigallocatechin gallate (also known as EGCG). EGCG is the most studied polyphenol component in green tea and the most active.

Green tea also contains alkaloids including caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. These alkaloids provide green tea’s stimulant effects.

What Green Tea Is Used For

Green tea and green tea extracts, such as its component EGCG, have been used to prevent and treat a variety of cancers, including breast, stomach, and skin cancers.
Green tea and green tea extracts have also been used for improving mental alertness, aiding in weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, and protecting skin from sun damage.

How Green Tea Is Used

Green tea is usually brewed and drunk as a beverage. Green tea extracts can be taken in capsules and are sometimes used in skin products.

What Makes Green Tea So Special women drinks green tea

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Green tea is often lauded for the many amazing health benefits that it touts. However, in Asia, the birthplace of tea, green tea is widely enjoyed not only for medicinal effects, but for the many dimensions of flavor that can be experienced through the different varieties. In China, there are nearly as many varieties of green tea as there are towns. Adagio Teas continues to sell the finest loose green tea you’ll find, and now offers many varieties in a convenient gourmet tea bag as well.

Components and Benefits Of Green Tea

Today, hundreds of millions of people drink green tea globally for its health benefits. Various studies into the effects of green tea have been presented in recent years. Though these studies are still incomplete and inconclusive, they are pointing strongly toward having a key factor in achieving and maintaining good health. The health benefits of green tea are varied, mainly because its chemical makeup gives positive affects to many different bodily systems. It makes sense that many of us consume green tea to achieve those benefits. Basic breakdown of green tea components and its benefits are as follows:

  1. Catechins (polyphenol) – The healthful factor of green tea is largely attributed to this chemical component. It reduces incidence of cancers, reduces oxidation by active oxygen, prevents cavities (because of its high content of flouride), increases metabolism, lowers high blood pressure and cholestrol, inhibits increase of blood pressure, inhibits increase of blood sugar, kills bacteria and virus, fights cariogenic bacteria, improves digestion, and prevents bad breath. The average cup of green tea contains about 50 to 150 milligram polyphenols.
  2. Vitamin C – Reduces stress and prevents flu.
  3. Theanine (amino acid) – Promotes neural function balance and inhibits increase of blood pressure.
  4. Vitamin E – Prevents aging, prevents hardening of arteries, and promotes cholestrol balance.
  5. Dietary Fiber- For every 100 gram of green tea, you can consume 10 gram dietary fibers. It improves intestinal activity for digestion.

Studies suggest that 3 cups or more of green tea daily can provide protection against cancer. However, manufacturers offer extracts that can be taken in pill form. A typical dosage is 100-150 mg 3 times daily of a green tea extract containing 80% total polyphenols. Whether these extracts offer any benefit remains unknown.

What the Science Says About Green Tea

Laboratory studies suggest that green tea may help protect against or slow the growth of certain cancers, but studies in people have shown mixed results. Some evidence suggests that the use of green tea preparations improves mental alertness, most likely because of its caffeine content. There are not enough reliable data to determine whether green tea can aid in weight loss, lower blood cholesterol levels, or protect the skin from sun damage.

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Sugar in Tea Joketea with sugar

The hostess poured a cup of tea for a middle-aged man at her party and asked him if he took sugar. “No,” he said. “Yes,” said his wife brightly at the same moment. Then she turned accusingly to him. “But I always put sugar in your tea!” “I know,” the man said rudefully. “I used to remind you not to. Now I just don’t stir.”

Tea is a type of herb, just as tulsi is a herb , that can be found on the mountains. It is well-known that when tulsi is boiled along with milk and sugar, it loses its value and goodness. In the same way, when we prepare tea with milk and sugar, in addition to losing its value, we experience increase in acidity, increase in tension in the intestines and as well, the liver is overworked and becomes weak.

Tea without Sugar

When we take tea purely without any sugar and milk, it serves as a good vasodilator to clear the channels of the heart, preventing such problems from arising. Tea, taken without sugar and milk, serves as a good vasodilator to clear this duct so that the bile content can easily flow into the duodenum and intestine.

When we take tea prepared without milk, sugar and without boiling the tea leaves in the water, the alkaline nature of the tea will keep the intestines in a healthy state. Also, it will cure all intestinal problems – piles, flatulence and formation of gas. The stomach will not be bloated
and we will not feel any lethargy. At the same time, the liver will not be stimulated to produce bile juice repeatedly, causing it to overwork.

Will Adding Sugar or Milk Eliminate Health Benefits?

Sugar, sweeteners, milk and lemon do not appear to have any effect on the antioxidant levels of tea.

Should One Avoid Adding Sugar in Tea?

Other than in cases of diabetes, nothing has been proven against adding sugar to tea according to one’s taste. Sugar in tea will however neutralize many of green tea’s benefits. But if you are on a diet avoid putting any sugar in tea or coffee. Sugar is about 16 calories per spoon (16Kcal), and generally doesn’t make you fat.

Tea — unless one is drinking it in the Russian style — should be drunk without sugar. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tea-lover if you destroy the flavor of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put in pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter, just as beer is meant to be bitter. If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a very similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water.

Some people would answer that they don’t like tea in itself, that they only drink it in order to be warmed and stimulated, and they need sugar to take the taste away. To those misguided people I would say: Try drinking tea without sugar for, say, a fortnight and it is very unlikely that you will ever want to ruin your tea by sweetening it again.

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Tea is drunk plain, without milk, sugar or lemon. Should you wish to sweeten your tea, use sugar that will not alter the taste of tea. It is perfectly acceptable to add a drop of cold milk to strong black tea. Lemon, however, changes the nature of tea.

Adding milk and sugar is a matter of personal taste. People take their tea in all kinds of ways, and tea’s broad variety of flavors and strengths can be customized to each person’s palate.

Some believe sugar affects the taste of tea because it numbs the taste buds. Others like their tea sweetened. We have found that some of our blends take on additional flavor nuances with a bit of sugar added.

Drinking Green Tea with Sugar Lessen the Nutrients We Get?

No, you will get a few more calories, the sugar will not destroy the nutrients in green tea. Some people drink green tea to help with weight loss; the research here is sketchy.

You might try a little honey or maple syrup in your tea if you must have sweetener. Both have some calcium and traces of other minerals.

Age and air will lessen the nutrients in green tea. Do not buy in humongous quantities. Keep the tea in a sealed container. Store in a cool place.

sweet tea with sugar

Tea is a nice healthy natural drink so why load it up with empty calories. While I’ll admit that it takes a bit to get used to taking tea straight once you get used to it you don’t want to go back as you’ll be able to taste the more subtle flavors of various teas that sugar blocks. Tea tastes so nasty without the sugar and the milk.

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Not all drinks are good for our teeth. Besides sugar it is the PH value of some drinks that has negative effects on your teeth.

All warm Pickwick teas, also the fruit flavoured teas, are pH-neutral and do not effect the dental enamel. Therefore, tea is not only a delicious drink, but also a drink that can be drunk all day long.

One cup of tea contains approximately 0.25 milligrams of fluoride. Fluoride is well known about its positive effect on teeth. One’s daily fluoride need is somewhere between 1.4 and 1.5 milligrams. Thus tea consumption also contributes to meet our fluoride need.

People who have abandoned their morning cup of coffee for a healthier cup of herbal tea might want to think again, say British researchers. They found that many herbal teas seriously damage teeth by eroding protective enamel. “Many of the herbal teas tested were found to be more erosive than orange juice,” University of Bristol researchers report in the Journal of Dentistry. Some teas were three times as acidic as juice. A spokesman for Twinings teas says saliva dilutes and neutralizes any acid in herbal teas, adds The Week magazine.

What’s your poison, coffee or tea? Most adults prefer one or the other. After all, caffeine is a super pick-me-up. Hot or cold, black or doctored, our favorite daytime drinks are laced with it.

However, our best beverages can wreak havoc on our beautiful smiles. Like tobacco, coffee beans, tea leaves and even colas can stain teeth brown. The more you sip, the more they stain.

Some people stop taking tea after their dentist asked them if they smoked because of teeth stains. Well yes, tea does stain. It contains tannic acid. You’ll have an idea when you see the thin film on the surface of cold tea. Coffee, red wine and fruits such as apples and blueberries also contain this chemical and can stain teeth.

Effect of Black Tea on Teeth

Dental caries is the prime cause of premature loss of teeth in children. Tea contains high percentage of fluoride along with polyphenolic constituents which act on GTF of S. mutans in plaque synthesis. Combination of fluoride and polyphenolic constituents inhibit caries activity.

Herbal Tea May Damage Teeth – Study

Drinking herbal tea may damage teeth by eroding enamel, the results of a new study indicate.

Researchers analysed the erosive potential of a variety of herbal teas by measuring their pH levels, which shows whether a substance is acid or alkaline. Acidic substances are known to damage teeth. The ability of the herbal teas to erode enamel was also measured. Enamel is the hard, white, outer layer of the tooth.

The study found that while some of the herbal teas had high pH levels, indicating that they are alkaline and do not damage teeth, many of the teas tested had low pH levels, which means that they are acidic and can damage teeth.

“Many of the herbal teas tested were found to be more erosive than orange juice”, the researchers from the University of Bristol Dental School said.

“Many studies show a high prevalence of tooth wear, even in young patients. One factor that may be contributing to this problem is the consumption of herbal teas that are often considered to be ‘healthy’ alternatives to other beverages”, the researchers added.

Dentists treating patients with enamel damage should advise their patients of the potential risk of some herbal teas, they also said.

Something To Smile About – Tea And Teeth

Tea is not only a delicious drink. Drinking tea is good for your teeth!

“Drinking tea may ward off tooth decay.”
A study suggests chemicals in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions. It raises the prospect of adding tea extracts to toothpaste and mouthwash to protect the teeth.

It found that caffeinated green tea was the best at fighting viruses, followed by caffeinated black tea. Decaffeinated blends were less effective as anti-viral agents.

Tea-drinkers beverage of choice contains fluoride, a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and guards against decay. Studies also show that tea may reduce dental plaque and bacteria in the mouth, thereby helping to prevent cavities and gum disease. Green tea contains a bit more fluoride than black, but a few cups a day of either may help to save you from the dentist’s drill. “It’s important to choose a healthy diet, and that includes beverages,” says Blumberg, noting that Americans tend to opt for drinks with no nutritional value. “If it’s a choice between soda pop or [freshly brewed] iced tea – and you’re looking for the healthful choice – it’s a no-brainer.”

Apparently drinking tea (without sugar, naturally) has a number of beneficial effects in preventing tooth decay. Many of the natural properties of tea, especially fluoride, which has been absorbed from the soil by the tea plant, contribute towards oral hygiene and a reduction in dental erosion.

And if you’re not a dentist, then that simply means, it helps prevent stinky breath and those who are dentists from shoving whirling drills into your mouth while grinning manically.

Another tea study found that polyphenols–chemicals found in tea–can help prevent bad breath. Laboratory experiments revealed that polyphenols can retard the bacterial growth that causes bad breath.

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benefits of green teaGreen tea, which is unfermented tea, remains the most popular tea in Asian countries such as China and Japan. In fact, up until the eighteenth century, it was also the most popular form of tea in Britain as well. Imports of green tea into the United States outpaced black tea until about 1915. Much of the tea dumped into the Boston harbor during the Boston Tea Party, was in fact green tea. Thus it is unlikely that the harbor turned to a copper color!

Green tea is the palest in color, ranging from light green to light yellow in color. Green tea is not oxidized; the leaves are steamed or baked immediately after being plucked. They are then rolled and dried allowing the leaves to remain green in color. Green tea is made from both new buds as well as young leaves – “pluckers” take ‘two leaves and a bud’.

About ninety percent of the world’s green tea is produced in China. While most of the world’s black tea comes from countries such as Sri Lanka (Ceylon), India, Kenya, Indonesia and Argentina, these countries produce little, if any, green tea. Several hundred varieties of green tea are made in China alone. Some of the most popular include Gunpowder, Hyson, Imperial Green, and Gyokuro (Japan). A cup of green tea is generally much lighter than other teas. While Asian cultures have believed for centuries that green tea has properties beneficial to human health, modern science is just now discovering that this may be true.

What’s Green Tea Made Of?

The healthful properties of green tea are largely attributed to polyphenols, chemicals with potent antioxidant properties. In fact, the antioxidant effects of polyphenols appear to be greater than vitamin C. The polyphenols in green tea also give it a somewhat bitter flavor.

Polyphenols contained in teas are classified as catechins. Green tea contains six primary catechin compounds: catechin, gallaogatechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, and apigallocatechin gallate (also known as EGCG). EGCG is the most studied polyphenol component in green tea and the most active.

Green tea also contains alkaloids including caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. These alkaloids provide green tea’s stimulant effects.

What Green Tea Is Used For

Green tea and green tea extracts, such as its component EGCG, have been used to prevent and treat a variety of cancers, including breast, stomach, and skin cancers.
Green tea and green tea extracts have also been used for improving mental alertness, aiding in weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, and protecting skin from sun damage.

How Green Tea Is Used

Green tea is usually brewed and drunk as a beverage. Green tea extracts can be taken in capsules and are sometimes used in skin products.

What Makes Green Tea So Special?

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Green tea is often lauded for the many amazing health benefits that it touts. However, in Asia, the birthplace of tea, green tea is widely enjoyed not only for medicinal effects, but for the many dimensions of flavor that can be experienced through the different varieties. In China, there are nearly as many varieties of green tea as there are towns. Adagio Teas continues to sell the finest loose green tea you’ll find, and now offers many varieties in a convenient gourmet tea bag as well.

Components And Benefits Of Green Tea.

Today, hundreds of millions of people drink green tea globally for its health benefits. Various studies into the effects of green tea have been presented in recent years. Though these studies are still incomplete and inconclusive, they are pointing strongly toward having a key factor in achieving and maintaining good health. The health benefits of green tea are varied, mainly because its chemical makeup gives positive affects to many different bodily systems. It makes sense that many of us consume green tea to achieve those benefits. Basic breakdown of green tea components and its benefits are as follows:

Catechins (polyphenol) - The healthful factor of green tea is largely attributed to this chemical component. It reduces incidence of cancers, reduces oxidation by active oxygen, prevents cavities (because of its high content of flouride), increases metabolism, lowers high blood pressure and cholestrol, inhibits increase of blood pressure, inhibits increase of blood sugar, kills bacteria and virus, fights cariogenic bacteria, improves digestion, and prevents bad breath. The average cup of green tea contains about 50 to 150 milligram polyphenols.

Vitamin C – Reduces stress and prevents flu.

Theanine (amino acid) – Promotes neural function balance and inhibits increase of blood pressure.

Vitamin E – Prevents aging, prevents hardening of arteries, and promotes cholestrol balance.

Dietary Fiber - For every 100 gram of green tea, you can consume 10 gram dietary fibers. It improves intestinal activity for digestion.

Studies suggest that 3 cups or more of green tea daily can provide protection against cancer. However, manufacturers offer extracts that can be taken in pill form. A typical dosage is 100-150 mg 3 times daily of a green tea extract containing 80% total polyphenols. Whether these extracts offer any benefit remains unknown.

What the Science Says About Green Tea

Laboratory studies suggest that green tea may help protect against or slow the growth of certain cancers, but studies in people have shown mixed results. Some evidence suggests that the use of green tea preparations improves mental alertness, most likely because of its caffeine content. There are not enough reliable data to determine whether green tea can aid in weight loss, lower blood cholesterol levels, or protect the skin from sun damage.

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