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For centuries, all the way to present day, tea has often been used by millions around the world as a daily health beverage. However, research from the last 20 years show that the healthy effects of tea on the body may go much deeper than originally thought. Besides that we recently wrote about the benefits of green tea against Diabetes, a new study now shows that green tea specifically may have an important role in preventing brain damage after the occurrence of spinal cord damage.
For years we have known that some types of tea can help to improve blood flow and help to prevent high blood pressure, but according to a recent study published in the Neural Regeneration Research journal, drinking green tea may prevent the risk of brain damage upon the occurrence of spinal cord damage, here’s the conclusion:
Chinese researchers suggest that green [tea] is loaded with polyphenols, strong antioxidants, which protect spinal cord neurons against oxidative stress induced by free radicals generated by the body.
This could potentially open doors into other health benefits, and maybe even work its way into being used in the medicinal field. As more and more research is done on how and why green tea has this effect, maybe there’s a chance for bettering a person’s chances during accidents such as car wrecks, sports, or horseback riding falls.
Below a story of a coffee drinker that turned to green tea and shared her experiences regarding the health benefits.
Sometimes when one writes about a topic as large and important as the health benefits of green tea consumption, it pays to begin at the beginning. So, at the risk of being too obvious, let’s start here: in order to derive the benefits of green tea consumption you must first drink it on a regular basis.
And for most Americans, starting a pattern of drinking green tea regularly is no small task. For me it took the cajoling of a family member just to get me to try it; and I mean really give it a chance. After all, I’m a coffee drinker and coffee drinkers don’t drink tea!
So, almost to appease this persistent family member, I followed his instructions and purchased a large ceramic tea pot, a supply of good quality green tea, and, per his instructions, brewed a large supply of green tea every few days. He insisted that this was the only way to go. He’s a very efficient type of person and he explained that having a jug of home-brewed green tea in the refrigerator so it’s easily available, is the only way a coffee-drinker can hope to establish the green tea drinking habit.
Being the good sport that I am, I followed his instructions and drank at least three cups a day, very consistently, for a month or so. The results of this diet change on my general sense of well-being both psychologically and physiologically were rather dramatic.
If you have some time to kill, then plug in “green tea health benefits” into Google and you’ll have plenty to read for at least a month. The heath benefits derived from drinking green tea are well-documented both subjectively and scientifically. Think of it this way, the evidence that green tea consumption is healthy comes from two arenas of human knowledge. The scientific, which I will call hard evidence and the subjective which I classify soft evidence.
After over six months of consistent green tea consumption I have discovered at least 3 unexpected health benefits of drinking green tea. Let me list these benefits and for the purposes of clarity, I will classify each benefit as being either hard or soft. i.e. either scientific or subjective.
1. Weight loss. Evidence type: hard and soft. I drink most of my green tea with breakfast. Right off the bat I had a decision to make: it was either my orange juice or green tea. I couldn’t do both. So I dropped the OJ. It wasn’t easy, but only after a week, I didn’t miss OJ at all. The hard fact is that dropping OJ from my breakfast means I am dropping 28,000 calories from my diet every year. (Sounds incredible but I did the math). Soft evidence: since I started drinking green tea in the morning it seems I get hungry much later than I used to.
2. Green tea will reduce cholesterol. Evidence type: hard. Green tea will reduce bad cholesterol but not significantly say scientists. Drinking up to 10 cups a day, however, will reduce the bad cholesterol significantly. Drinking 10 cups a day is probably unreasonable but it does indicate, as stated above, that green tea is more of a food than a beverage.
3. Reduced alcohol consumption. Evidence type: soft. I am going to tread very lightly here because this very unexpected benefit is very personal. My doctor has told me in no uncertain terms that I consumed too much alcohol. But as any real alcohol drinker knows, quitting or reducing drinking is easier said than done. But one night I decided to drink green tea instead of alcohol. That night for some reason, I didn’t drink any alcohol. Long story short, I hardly drink alcohol at all anymore. I drink the tea and it supplants the need for alcohol. But this is strictly personal. I don’t want to sound like a quack. But what told you is true.
As stated at the outset of this article the benefits of green tea drinking are voluminous. You can do your own Google research to prove that. But what I tried to communicate here is my personal relationship with green tea. If that statement sounds a little other-worldly or super-spiritual, maybe it is. And if you think I am an evangelist for green tea, maybe I am. But if you want to know why I bothered to write this piece about green tea, I think it’s gratitude. I am thankful for a persistent family member who convinced me to try it and I am thankful to mother nature herself for providing such a wonderful, delicious, and healthy food.
What is Kuding (also known as Kuding Cha)? It’s officially not a tea but a herb that is different from the tea plant (camellia sinensis). ‘Ku’ means ‘bitter’ in Mandarin Chinese and ‘Ding’ means ‘needle’. This herbal drink has been part of the Chinese diet in Southern China for 2000 years. It’s popular in China, because it’s a safe botanical to drink with no toxic side effects. No wonder it’s also called the ‘ginseng of teas’, ‘beauty tea’, or ‘longevity tea’. Only in the recent years Western Research are also slowly showing support for the benefits of Kuding tea. See below for a summary of the most important research finding of recent years (based on the authority of the research journals in which they are published and the amount of citations in other journals):
One of the earlier Japanese researchers three universities reported that Kuding Cha helps to reduce natural body odors in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry. The most important finding is kuding cha captures ‘allyl methyl sulfide gas’ in the body, well-known to persist as malodorous breath long after the consumption of garlic!
A group of researchers reported in the Journal of Food Science and Technology that Kuding tea reduces the discomfort of milk powder consumption. This finding is more relevant for some Asians who experience some allergic reactions when consuming dairy products. The conclusion was that the consumption of Ku Ding tea appeared to lower ‘lipid peroxidation’ that was induced by milk powder in the rats. As the findings are promising, future research should be performed on humans to confirm the benefits.
Chinese researchers reported recently that the consumption of Kuding can prevent metabolic disorders that cause obesity/overweight. In this research mice were fed with high-fat diets. The findings suggest that kuding tea is indeed a useful dietary therapy and a potential source for the development of novel anti-obesity and lipid lowering drugs. However, this research is published in an open source journal, that is has less authority than the two findings above. Still, the design of the research does look robust to us.
If there is any major research article that we have missed out, please do leave a comment so we can review and add it here. Teasenz will regularly public articles related to health benefits of Kuding and other herbal teas. Follow our blog to stay updated.
Life can be really stressful. Whether you’re a student trying desperately to keep up with course work that seems impossible, a mother trying to juggle multiple lives, a business professional trying to meet tough deadlines- stress can take a major toll. That can manifest in insomnia, unhealthy eating habits, and general fatigue that could even exacerbate the stress you already have. The good news is that while life has a lot of stress, tea exists. Through all the chaos, at the end of the day a nice steaming cup of tea can make it all better. One tea that does that in particular is Lavender Tea.
Even imagining the scent alone, evokes feelings of calm, not even thinking about the tea. In fact, Lavender tea is known in its calming effects to encourage rest and fight insomnia. It also helps with the nervous system and dealing with indigestion. It helps to relieve that anxiety and stress that so many feel. It can even help with those stress induced migraines. There are even claims that external use of this tea can help with cuts and sores. With all of these benefits, one can certainly de-stress with Lavender Tea. Especially with these cold January nights, it might be nice to have a cup of Lavender and take a break from stress. Just steep it in your favorite mug, add a little honey, maybe pop in a great movie and you’re off to the land of calm and serenity – at least for a little while.
When it comes to comparing tea with coffee or comparing different tea categories, the most discussed topic is caffeine content. While it’s safe to assume that any tea should have significantly less caffeine than coffee, this is more difficult for caffeine levels between tea types.
Based on general consensus we can assume the amount of caffeine to in tea to be the highest for pu erh tea and black tea and lower for green tea and white tea. However, according to one of our visitors, there has been some recent research that provides proof that green tea contains actually more caffeine than black tea. Here’s his question:
Apparently there is some minor controversy about the difference between the caffeine levels in green and red teas (referred to as ‘black’ here in the U.S.), and that some think that green tea has more caffeine than red tea, which is contrary to common assumptions. Recent technological developments helped discover this, some claim. Do you have any thoughts on this? Are you aware?
First of all, I would like to point out that it’s really hard to determine which tea has more caffeine than others. First of all, are we talking about the real content of caffeine per gram of leaf? Or per cup of x mg of tea? Determining the caffeine content per gram of leaf should be really easy as this is a chemical analysis. However, the result might not be relevant as what matters is how much we finally consume by drinking tea.
The are simply to many factors that can affect the amount of caffeine in a cup of tea, which makes it really hard to draw any general conclusions:
Given all the factors above, we could say that ‘tea type’ is just one of the factors that could be added to the list above. Still, I do believe that we can still generally assume that green tea does contain less caffeine than black tea.
Whether you’ve heard about it in your tea searches, have that friend who won’t stop talking about it or have seen it in your local grocery store – you’ve probably heard of Kombucha Tea.
Kombucha tea is a drink made from fermented tea using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, sometimes called a “SCOBY”. Though not necessarily notable for the taste, described as somewhere between carbonated apple cider and vinegar soda, it is heavily lauded for it’s health benefits, though not by the scientific community. Some claim that it boosts immune systems, increases energy and can even extend life.
This may because of all of the bacteria present inside Kombucha Tea.Evidence is mounting that friendly bacteria or probiotics aide digestion and possibly even strengthen the immune system. The human body has bacteria inside it that actually live inside of us and help digest our food, digesting things we can’t digest on our own. Bacteria actually produces certain nutrients for us, so maybe the bacteria in Kombucha could do the same.
That being said, Kombucha is not endorsed in any way by the scientific community. It is still awaiting trials. Kombucha made wrong can result in severe sickness and even death from contamination. At least for now, it would probably be better for those who want to try Kombucha to buy it in store where the way it is made is heavily regulated. To make Kombucha, one makes sweetened tea, puts “SCOBY” in it, seals the container and keeps in a sanitary location for a week. At the end, the “SCOBY” will be in a disc that can be taken out. In a normal household, there could be margin for error, so those who want to try it are advised to be very careful.
With that caveat, for adventurous tea drinkers out there – this might be a fun tea to try, if not only to see if it really is that fountain of youth, that magical tea.
Sometimes, seeing all of the articles coming out, it seems like Green Tea is a miracle drink. From helping with thought clarity, helping high blood pressure, and preventing cancer – what can Green Tea not help with? And now there’s yet one more thing you can add to the list- green tea could prevent Diabetes.
Helena Ng, a PhD student at Hobart’s Menzies Research Institute , has found that the consumption of green tea prevents rats from getting diabetes. She said that the rats had been fed an unhealthy diet that normally led to the early stages of diabetes, but not when the diet was accompanied by green tea.
She said before she could find out if the popular Asian beverage also provided a shield against the disease in humans, she needed to find a way to get people to consume it in large quantities. Ng said it would be harder still to persuade Tasmanians to drink the required 200 cups a day.
“To put it in capsules or tablets — that is likely to be the next step,” she said.
Ms Ng said, instead of stuffing tea leaves into tablets, she was hoping she could include just the green tea components that were not found in the more familiar black teas. She said green tea, if proven, could become a welcome alternative to existing anti-diabetes medications, which had side-effects.
This discovery isn’t a cure though – Green Tea can prevent having diabetes but cannot cure it. This is a great step in learning how to prevent diseases like this occurring. And it only makes you wonder what it is about the components in Green Tea that can take it to this level. Though it’s not a cure, it’s one more reason to go green in your tea drinking.
Researchers at Northwestern University have found a new bacterial coating made from Green Tea and Salt. They discovered new ways of utilizing the properties of naturally occurring polyphenols found in green tea, red wine and dark chocolate in this study. By dissolving polyphenol powders in water with a small amount of salt instantly they found that the effect produces transparent coatings that kill bacteria on contact. This coating also has antioxidant qualities and are non-toxic. The sticky nature of polyphenols and the low cost of materials could open the door to a wide range of uses for these coatings.Apparently the coatings can stick to virtually any surface, even Teflon, and are only 20 to 100 nanometers thick, potentially making them ideal for use in a whole range products.
Phillip B. Messersmith, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, spoke on this project,
“We discovered a way to apply coatings onto a variety of surfaces that takes advantage of the sticky properties of the polyphenol compounds. It’s a very simple dip-coating process, and the antibacterial and antioxidant properties are preserved in the coating. One could take a stainless-steel hip implant apply the process to it, and the coating that emerges spontaneously and with no other modifications will kill bacteria and quench reactive oxygen species, such as free radicals.”
Polyphenols are naturally occurring molecules found in many plants that also give some flowers, fruits, and vegetables their color. They are antioxidants that can reverse problems caused by oxidative stress to artery walls and their anti-inflammatory properties are said to help relieve chronic pain in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
This is a great step forward in research – especially in the number of diseases it can prevent. To think that something in tea could do all that is amazing and definitely something to raise a cuppa to.
As weather changes, it is easy to get under the weather.It’s August, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Inflammation, aching joints, and just not feeling well in general. Instead of going to your local drug store and abusing over the counter drugs, maybe Kuding tea, a chinese tea known for its medicinal properties, could help.
Kuding tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is known for being bitter, but some drinkers note that it has a sweet aftertaste. In traditional Chinese medicine Kuding tea is known for its many uses. It is popular for ailments such as improving memory and focusing the mind,helping with the common cold, with headaches and sinusitis, and treating bronchitis. Kuding Tea is also said to improve digestion, lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. It is quite a tea.
When brewing this tea, it’s a good idea to use just two or three of the spikes if it’s your first experience of the tea because of its strong bitter taste. As you become accustomed to the tea then 3-5 spikes are usual. Use hot water, not boiling water – between 80-90 degrees centigrade for one minute. The spikes can be used over several times – after the second brewing you will need to increase the steeping time.
Although there is no medical evidence to support it, Kuding tea has become popular for promoting weight loss. The reason being it isn’t known whether if there is any weight loss if it is due to fluid rather than fat loss. Kuding tea is being researched and developed in China alongside other traditionally used and revered herbs so that its traditionally known benefits can be established.
Warnings aside, Kuding Tea might be a great thing to have in your medicine cabinet- especially with the changing seasons.