Finally the mainstream market is recognizing the benefits of green tea.
The following quote is from green tea supplier, Japan based, Taiyo.
“The huge consumer interest in foods that can play a role in health and wellbeing has brought green tea squarely into the mainstream,” said Josef Skrna, sales and marketing director at Taiyo Europe. “Antioxidant-rich green tea catechins may help reduce the risk of major health problems such as strokes, heart failure, cancer and diabetes.”
Taiyo said the catechins present in green tea and its extracts burn subcutaneous and visceral fat at a rate 1.3 times higher than caffeine, breaking down stored fat into fatty acids that are burned by the body.
“Green tea is also beneficial in helping lower blood glucose levels, regulating the blood sugar ‘swings’ associated with high GI (glycaemic index) foods – and offering natural aid to the 160 million type-2 diabetes sufferers worldwide,” the company said.
“A further 12-week study reports that catechins contained in green tea activate fat metabolism, resulting in ‘significantly lower’ body fat, particularly abdominal fat.”
A recent study published in Nutrition found extracts from green tea may reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and markers of oxidative stress within three weeks.
The study adds to an ever growing body of science reporting the potential health benefits of green tea and its extracts, which already range from reduced risks of cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and certain cancers.
I just had to share this article with you. It’s important to know these studies have been done.
Written by Jenny Hope
Source – www.dailymail.co.uk
“A cup of green tea a day could help keep your heart healthy, a study shows. The drink was found to widen the artery, which runs from the shoulder to the elbow by 4 per cent within 30 minutes – reducing the risk of blood clots. This is a good indicator of improved blood flow around the body, says a report in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.
Dr Nikolaos Alexopoulos and colleagues at the 1st Cardiology Department, Athens Medical School, used ultrasound scanning to measure the performance of the brachial artery – which runs from the shoulder to the elbow, and is a good indicator of blood flow around the body. A team of healthy volunteers were given green tea, caffeine or hot water to drink on three separate occasions. Measurements of the brachial artery were taken at three stages after they drank their beverage.
The researchers found the artery expanded by four per cent 30 minutes after volunteers drank green tea. Caffeine or hot water had no effect. Dilation of the artery shows better functioning of the endothelium, the layer of cells lining blood arteries that stops clots forming. Previous research suggests black tea improves short and long-term endothelial performance, but this is the first time green tea has been shown to have a short-term beneficial effect on the large arteries.
Green tea is traditionally consumed in China and Japan and differs from black tea in that it is not fermented before drying. This fermentation process appears to reduce the content of flavonoids – beneficial antioxidants – by up to 90 per cent, which is why green tea is believed to offer different health benefits to black tea.
Recent studies have also shown potent anticarcinogenic effects of green tea, attributed to its antioxidant properties. Other research shows drinking green tea lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduces harmful liver enzymes. Evidence is now suggesting that drinking around 3 to 4 cups of tea a day may help reduce the risk of developing heart disease.”
In conculsion, including green tea in your diet just makes sense. I have written about the “other health benefits” of Wu Yi Tea before, as you may be aware Wu Yi Tea has been shown to be more effective than other green teas. Get more information on Wu Yi Tea
The corporate weight loss industry doesn’t really want you to lose weight. They just want you to buy their chemical pills and potions, over and over again.
Don’t do it.
There is a healthy alternative. A natural, time tested product with proven weight loss and other health benefits. Simple and easy to incorporate into your daily life. Enjoyable to consume and cost effective.
What is it? A secret of Asian women, known to them for hundreds of years – Wu Yi Tea. This secret tea is no ordinary green tea – scientific studies have proved it. It’s being used by Hollywood celebrities who owe their shapely bodies and good health to Wu Yi Tea.
So why not find out how Wu Yi Tea can help you? ClickHERE.
Wu-Yi Tea is well known for it’s weight loss properties. How can tea actually help you lose weight?
Tea contains powerful antioxidants and polyphenols. Due it’s processing methods Wu-Yi tea contains higher concentrations.
Polyphenols and antioxidants are a bio-active ingredients that help breaking down the fat in your body, by stimulating the lipolysis. They work by activating the enzymes that can dissolve the fat. Therefore they increase your metabolic rate, that is, whether you’re exercising or not your resting metabolic rate is sped up, meaning you burn more calories.
Are there anymore reasons to drink Wu-Yi Tea?
Chinese culture has long recognized the benefits of Wu-Yi Tea, which has formed part of their traditional medicine for centuries. There are many other reasons for their reverence for tea. Besides the burning fat potential, Wu-Yi tea can also reduce the risk of heart attack, protect your teeth, protect against cancer and even strengthen your bones.
How do you consume Wu-Yi Tea?
Buy some and brew it for yourself. It can be consumed at any time of the day, steep in near boiling water for a few minutes, serve with lemon, or a cinnamon stick or your favorite spices. Or sweeten with a little honey. Basically serve plain or to your own special taste preference.
Oriental and Indian cultures have known about the benefits of tea for thousands of years. The rest of the world is slowing catching up and being educated on the immense variety of healthy teas available.
The color of tea is usually dependent on the amount of post-harvesting processing.
White Teas – are the least processed and are not fermented. White tea is gaining in popularity as its significant health benefits become more widely recognized. White tea, as recent research has demonstrated, has the highest cancer fighting antioxidant polyphenols and has significantly lower caffeine content than black tea or green tea.
White tea can be considered a specialty tea due to its higher price, with some connoisseur blends of hand-picked limited-harvest white tea, grown in China, costing hundreds of dollars a pound.
Care needs to be taken when brewing white tea. Its delicate nature dictates for the best results, purified water at below boiling point should be used. Water which is too hot can result in a bitter tea, something you certainly want to avoid when you have paid for an expensive tea. White tea can be steeped for up to ten minutes, depending on your individual preference.
Green Teas – produced in China, Japan and Taiwan, are not fermented, low in caffeine and are well-known for health benefits, like boosting your immune system, reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Like white tea, green tea contains antioxidants, flavonoids, catechins vitamins C and E, and natural fluoride which protects against tooth decay.
For best results, green tea should be brewed with purified water, which is below boiling point. To avoid bitterness, do not infuse for longer than 1-2 minutes for fine leaf varieties, or 2-3 minutes for larger leaf varieties.
Black teas – are fully fermented teas and are the most commonly consumed. Hundreds of named varieties are available. Black tea is produced in large quantities in China, India, Sri Lanka, with smaller amounts coming from Australia, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal and New Guinea. Specialty black teas are vastly different to the average tea bag, each having its own distinct color and taste.
Black teas also provide health benefits similar to green tea.
Oolong tea – combines the best qualities of both green and black teas. Semi-fermented, producing a refreshing, fragrant result. Adding milk is not recommended.
Wu-Yi Tea is a special Oolong tea well known for its weight loss properties.The raw leaves are sun-wilted and then bruised, which exposes their juices to the air, this causes the leaves to oxidize and start to turn brown like a cut fruit. They are only partially oxidized, giving them a rich, floral flavor. The tea is then fully dried which locks in the rich flavors that oolong tea is known to offer. The unique drying process that takes place in the creation of a tea that has many metabolic stimulating attributes. Find out more about Wu-Yi Tea HERE.
Jasmine tea – a non-fermented Chinese tea well known for its affinity with Asian food. Do not add milk.
Specialty flavored teas – a huge range of tea varieties blended with natural ingredients to add flavor. Additional ingredients can include:-
Spices – like anise, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fennel and black peppercorns.
Fruits – like apricot, cherry, apple, orange, blackcurrant, strawberry, lemon, lime, lychee, mango, raspberry and passionfruit.
Flowers – like hibiscus, lavender, rose, cornflower, calendula, and jasmine.
Nuts – like almond.
Other exotic ingredients like ginger, chocolate, mint, caramel, coconut, vanilla beans, bergamot and ginseng.
Specialty teas are consumed without milk.
Herbal teas – also known as herbal infusions – do not usually contain white, green or black teas, they consist of a variety of blends of herbs, spices and fruits chosen for particular health benefits. Herbal teas are usually named after the benefit they are promoting, e.g., “Recovery” blend for hangovers.
Ayurvedic teas – similar to herbal teas, but, based on ancient Indian healing principles, Ayurvedic teas aim to improve your life and extend your longevity.
Teas are a low calorie beverage choice (especially when no milk, sugar or honey is used), adding to your daily intake of water. Teas should be purchased as loose leaf teas, never teabags. Lemon juice can be added as a taste preference. Most teas can also be iced for a summer treat.
I’m not going to add much, I’ll just let the doctor have his say in this partial transcript from an Oprah Show episode featuring Dr Nicholas Perricone, which aired in November, 2004
“Oprah: Now I’ve read in your book that you said if I just replaced coffee with green tea instead, that I could lose 10 pounds in six weeks.
Dr. Perricone: Absolutely.
Oprah: Now really. How could that — what is the big deal about this?
Dr Perricone: Coffee has organic acids that raise your blood sugar, raise insulin. Insulin puts a lock on body fat. When you switch over to green tea, you get your caffeine, you’re all set, but you will drop your insulin levels and body fat will fall very rapidly. So 10 pounds in six weeks, I will guarantee it.
Oprah: I’m gonna do that. OK. That is so good! Whoo! That is great.”
— The Oprah Winfrey Show: “Look 10 Years Younger in 10 Days” – Nov 10, 2004
So, even if the doctor is only partly right, given that we’re all individuals who react differently, why wouldn’t you give green tea a try?
How your tea is produced is too important a matter for you to take for granted. It is the core of the whole question of what you get for your money. And there is a vital difference in the harvesting processes of different Wu-Yi tea.
What you really get for your money is determined by where a tea is grown and how it is harvested. Don’t forget that.
Our tea is sourced from Mt. Wu Yi Shan: the most fertile and mineral-rich land you’ll find anywhere in China. The experienced tea director visits the mountain on an annual basis in order to select the yield of the highest standard. The goodness of Wu-Yi is due largely to the rigorous quality test he conducts on them before harvesting.
And yet the reason why we are widely known as the supreme supplier of Wu-Yi tea is as a result of the purity gained throughout the production process.
Purity is not as conspicuous as some qualities in Wu-Yi tea, yet it is very expensive. That is why it is rare. Our Wu-Yi tea is produced, without regard to expense, according to four centuries of continual testing of this unique harvesting method…
The production of delicious Wu-Yi tea is conducted by trained craftsmen who respect a time-honoured tradition which is always carefully followed. They are picked in units consisting of one bud and three leaves, generally early in the morning. Immediately upon plucking, the leaves are exposed to the sun to dry and age in direct mountain-side sun light for a determined period of time, depending on the season.
Once the leaves are dry, they are gently shaken into bamboo baskets to lightly tenderize the outer edges (this is the secret to our distinct, robust flavor). Then the leaves are spread out on hand-woven Chinese drying mats, where they are left to cure for up to 72 hours. Note: Some companies try to cut this timely method out of the production method by fire-drying their leaves. We take the exact opposite approach, because we know the extra time we take in producing our premium Wu-Yi tea is a small price to pay for our worldwide reputation as the purest supplier of Wu-Yi tea.
Following this, the leaves are moved indoors to promote fermentation. The most critical part in the production process is when to stop fermentation. The tea director has over 37 years of experience, and knows exactly when to halt the fermenting process to ensure the most potent and palatable Wu-Yi tea available.
The leaves are then hand-rubbed to break them at the molecular level. Not only does this generate a tasteful aroma and flavor, it helps to release the fat-burning catechins and enzymes so your body is able to absorb them more quickly and easily. (another critical step that is often neglected at many other tea plants, which significantly hinders the weight loss effects). Now, the tea particles are then sorted through and another quality check is performed by our tea director, where only a certain percentage of the harvest leaves are included in our premium weight loss formula.
That’s why our Wu-Yi Tea is known all over the world as the most supreme, potent and pure weight loss system available.
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