Tea – Secrets of The Orient

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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.

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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.

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Nn Liquid Chlorophyll

Nn Liquid Chlorophyll – All Natural Green Tonic

Nn Liquid Chlorophyll provides nutritionally stable, easily assimilated chlorophyll processed from the young leaves of Mulberry (Morus alba L.) from China. Cultivated without the use of chemicals, the chlorophyll-rich leaves are carefully harvested and unique extraction techniques are employed to preserve the health-enhancing integrity of the chlorophyll.

Pleasant tasting Nn Liquid Chlorophyll is safe for people of all ages including pregnant and breast-feeding mothers.

Directions: Add one tablespoon of Liquid Chlorophyll to a mug (200-250 ml) of water, stir and drink immediately. Do not mix in warm or hot water. Take twice daily before meals to achieve a high level of wellness.

Chlorophyll – “Nature’s Cleanser”
Chlorophyll’s chemical structure is similar to hemoglobin, the pigment found in red blood cells. It has proven useful as a blood builder to improve red blood cell count and correct anemia. In humans chlorophyll increases the supply of fresh oxygenated blood for more youthful metabolism and vitality. Often referred to as “Nature’s Cleanser”, it detoxifies the bowels, kidneys, lungs and blood stream to keep the body cleansed and ready to repair and rebuild itself.

Known as the most powerful cleansing agent in nature, chlorophyll detoxifies the bowels, liver, kidney and bloodstream. It normalizes the beneficial intestinal flora, stimulates tissue regeneration and accelerates the healing of wounds and burns. It also assists in digestion, regulates calcium in the body and increases iron absorption.

Time-proven chlorophyll, the green tonic from nature, when taken regularly, can do more than just cleanse your cells. It can actually rejuvenate and energize your entire body… inside and outside!

Chlorophyll:

  • Accelerates inner cleansing, which revitalizes circulation. This helps repair and rebuild joints and muscles, and promotes youthful flexibility.
  • Boosts immune response to swiftly repair and rebuild cells. This resists aging and cellular deterioration.
  • Increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood. This is necessary to maintain clean arteries, which are the very lifeline of youthful wellbeing.
  • Deodorizes the entire body to make you feel more refreshed and invigorated; and free from flatulence, bowel irregularity, and mouth and body odor.

Chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plants, is known to possess a spectrum of health-promoting functions that can make you look and feel much younger and healthier. The “life-blood” of plants, it is what hemoglobin is to the human body.

Ingredients
Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin (derived from Morus alba L.), purified water, permitted food grade preservatives.

Questions & Answers
Liquid chlorophyll supplements available in the market are generally derived from the alfalfa plant. Why is the source of chlorophyll in Nn Liquid Chlorophyll not alfalfa?
Nn Liquid Chlorophyll is obtained from White Mulberry (Morus alba L.), a time-honored source of rich, health-promoting chlorophyll that does not cause adverse side effects. The same cannot be said of alfalfa. The Ministry of Health of Malaysia cautions those with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), an auto-immune condition prevalent in Malaysia, to consult their physicians before consuming supplements containing alfalfa.

Why is chlorophyll extracted from White Mulberry or Morus alba L. special?
Morus alba L., popularly known as White Mulberry or Silkworm Mulberry, is well-known in silk-producing countries, such as China, Japan, India and Vietnam. Young tender Mulberry leaves are fed to silkworms to yield high-productivity strains for quality silk. Chinese herbalists use Mulberry leaves to re-balance the body’s vital energy levels. Mulberry grown without the influence of harsh chemicals and pesticides yields chlorophyll that is true to the natural chemical composition found in the leaves themselves.

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