Green Tea And Coconut Oil?

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You’ve probably heard about it. People putting spoons of coconut oil in their tea, saying that it will help health and help them lose weight. But is Green tea with coconut oil really worth the hype?

Green Tea and Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

Nutritional Therapist Daniel O’Shaughnessy, known for his blog “the naked nutritionist”, claims that it has numerous health benefits and can be useful in diet, even going so far as giving the mixture the moniker “Bulletproof Green Tea”.

This superman of a beverage contains high levels of antioxidants and there has been research whether it has effect on weight loss or aging.  Coconut oil is, as critics have stated, saturated fat but it also source of medium chain fatty acids, which has been linked to many health benefits including increasing metabolism.

Coconut oil also contains Lauric Acid which has been shown to benefit immunity to disease and to bone health. Green tea with a tablespoon of Coconut oil, or “Bulletproof Green Tea”, can help curb appetite and maybe help prime the body to burn fat.

Miranda Kerr, an australian model, is a known user of coconut oil in her diet  is reported to have said,

“I will not go a day without coconut oil. I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea.”

Side Effects?

In response to her claim, many doctors, including the World Health Organization have deemed this degree of coconut oil as risky. It is saturated and those doctors make the claim that this consumption of saturated fat may lead to coronary problems.

There are definitely two schools of thought in terms of coconut oil. One, that because it is indeed and oil and a fat – believe it should not be made part of a daily diet and could be replaced by other things in your diet by other things – maybe even cracking out that dark chocolate bar.

The other side cites that the high quantity of lauric acid in coconut oil and that the oil is converted into immediate energy, not fat, outweighs any negative effects, if any.

Whatever school you find yourself in, coconut oil in your tea is definitely something to try. You may not come out of it looking like Miranda Kerr, but with something cool enough to be called “bulletproof”, why not give this super tea a try? All you need to do is brew that mug of green tea and put a spoon of coconut oil in it – and you’re ready to rock out and next time you’ll  be bulletproof.

Coconut Oil in Tea for Sore Throat

Green tea in itself can be great to fight sore throat. It reduces inflammation which is often the cause of a sore throat. Adding coconut oil will even improve the effect, as it further soothes your throat.

Green Tea and Coconut Oil for Hair

It’s true that certain herbal teas, such as rosemary tea, is good for a hair rinse. There’s no scientific proof though that green tea also works. I can imagine that coconut oil could work, but there’s also no proof for this for now.

Green Tea and Coconut Oil Face Mask

This is an excellent idea as green tea contains anti-oxidants that’s great for skin, while the coconut oil further ads vitamins for a healthy skin. We highly recommend to use matcha powder though instead of loose leaves or tea bags.

Simply mix 1/2 tablespoon matcha powder with 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1/2 tablespoon of water. Stir it until it’s well mixed and apply it on your face. Now relax for 20 minutes and wash it off!

Recipes: Enjoy Tea with Osmanthus Taste

Sweet osmanthus, also known as Osmanthus Fragrans, is a Chinese flower that’s often used in the Chinese kitchen to prepare desserts. The flowers are super fragrant and release a buttery sweet apricot scent. In this post we’re going to introduce you some classic blends with osmanthus that you should try out at home!

Before we move on to the recipes we would like to mention that there are also pre-blended osmanthus teas available, but they typically aren’t as great as when you buy leaf tea and osmanthus separately.

Osmanthus oolong tea

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Watch the video below to see how it’s prepared in a gaiwan and visit this page for more details.

Osmanthus green tea

Watch the video below to observe how it’s made in a glass teapot. See this page for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Tea Health Benefits: The Story of a Coffee Drinker

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!

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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.

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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.

Green Tea and Black Tea Caffeine

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:

  1. Steeping temperature: the higher the steeping temperature the more caffeine the leaves will release. What also matters for researchers is that whether they should steep green tea and black tea both at the same temperature or at the usual recommended temperatures (e.g. black tea at 100 degrees Celsius and green tea at 80 degrees Celsius). Scientifically steeping both teas at the same temperature would make sense, but this would not represent how real tea lovers steep their tea and therefore it would also not reflect true caffeine content.
  2. Steeping time: the longer you steep, the more caffeine will be released in a cup. The same comment regarding steeping temperature is valid here: would you steep both green tea and black tea for the same amount of time, or follow how tea drinkers behave in practice?
  3. Crushed versus loose leaves: Crushed leaves will release more caffeine than full loose leaves.
  4. Tea tips versus larger leaves: Tea tips usually contains slightly more caffeine than larger leaves. However, it still hard to say what amount ends up in your cup since tea tips are usually less oxidized, which brings us to the next topic.
  5. Oxidation level: less oxidized teas usually release less caffeine. Though it’s true that tea tips contain more caffeine, they usually in the end release less caffeine because they are usually less oxidized (e.g. silver needle tea and dragon well tea)
  6. Processing: the more dense the tea becomes after processing the slower it will release caffeine. Take for instance jasmine dragon pearls. Because they are curled into pearls, it will release it’s caffeine more slowly.
  7. Steeping step: the first steep will release more caffeine than the steeps after. In China, most people will rinse the leaves for a few seconds before steeping. The question is whether researchers should take practice this into account when setting up their research.

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.

Green Tea Could Prevent Diabetes

Green Tea Could Prevent Diabetes 

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.

 

New Antibacterial Coating made from Green Tea and Salt

New Antibacterial Coating Made From Green Tea and Salt

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.

13 Things To Do With Your Leftover Green Tea Leaves

13 Things To Do With Your Leftover Green Tea Leaves

Green Tea is pretty great. It has tons of health benefits, clears you mind, and tastes great too. Of course, you drink it loose because that’s how you get a better taste profile, but in the end you have all of these tea leaves you can either throw away or find something better to do with. If you want to do the latter (as you should), here are 13 things to do with your leftover green tea leaves:

  1. Reduce humidity in your home. Sun-dry the used tea leaves and leave them in a damp corner to absorb excess moisture. Be sure to dry them outside your home, or you’ll just be wasting your time.
  2. Eliminate fridge odor. Put sun-dried tea leaves in the fridge to clear up the smell.
  3. Soothe yourself to sleep. Stuff dried tea leaves into your pillow! According to Chinese folk medicine, sleeping on tea leaves helps reduces blood pressure, relieves insomnia and soothes headache. The only problem is that tea leaves in a pillow get damp easily, so you have to sun it frequently.
  4. Clean your carpet. Scatter slightly moistened tea leaves across the floor before vacuuming them away. The tea leaves attract dust and take dust away with them.
  5. Water your plant with tea. Soak the tea leaves in water for a couple of days. Remove the tea leaves, (rotten tea leaves attract pests), and use the tea water as fertilizer.
  6. Feed silk worms with leftover tea leaves.
  7. Avoid bug bites. If mosquitoes or flies are a bother, burn some sun-dried tea leaves.
  8. Bathe your feet. If you suffer from smelly feet, try washing your feet in a strong brew of used tea leaves.
  9. Freshen your breath. It is not a good idea to have tea immediately after a meal, but you can rinse your mouth with tea to remove any smell.
  10. Make your furniture smell good.  Wipe them a few times with tea leaves to get rid of the smell.
  11. For Acne Problems. Rub green tea leaves over your face and wash them off. It’s proven to reduce acne and it’s cheaper than other solutions.
  12. Mix your tea leaves with herbal tobacco substitute and smoke in your water pipe (Hookah).
  13. Add the tea to the herbal incense and burn in an incense pot.

And there you have it- 13 things you can do with those used tea leaves. Now you can make drinking Green Tea really green. 

 

6 Ways Green Tea Can Make You Healthier

6 Ways Green Tea Can Make You Healthier

Green tea is some good stuff. From helping with heart and high blood pressure to having the just right amount of caffiene to get your thinking cap on – it is a great thing to integrate into your every day life. Whether you drink it iced or hot, in smoothies or straight – Green tea can really help make you healthier. Here are 6 ways Green Tea can make you healthier:

1) It boosts your metabolism. Drinking green tea can help increase your metabolism and reduce body fat and weight. In addition, it also helps to keep you hydrated, which is necessary for maintaining a healthy metabolic rate.

2) It has more benefits than your average diet soda. Drinking diet versions of fizzy drinks can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in women by a huge 60 per cent, according to a new study by the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in France. It’s thought that aspartame, the artificial sweetener used in diet soda, has a similar negative effect on blood glucose to the sucrose used in ordinary soft drinks. Why not swap all of that risk for the benefits Green Tea offers?

3) It reduces your risk of stroke. Sipping on a cup of green tea every day could slash the risk of stroke by up to a third, according to the latest large-scale study.

4) It is a major fat-burner. This waist-trimming tea is filled with antioxidants called catechins and just enough caffeine to give you a buzz without leaving you wired. A study published in the journal Obesity found that EGCG, a powerful compound in the brew, helps slow down weight gain.

5) It can help you have better runs. Brew up a cup of green tea for faster, longer runs. Research from Colorado State University found that the tea’s main antioxidant, EGCG, can improve your V02 max – a measure of how efficiently your body uses oxygen.

6) It helps with Memory. Green tea doesn’t just help your heart and ward off wrinkles. A pot of the green stuff can also help sharpen your memory. A study by the Third Military Medical University in China found EGCG also helps to improve cognitive function by boosting the generation of neural progenitor cells.

With all of these great benefits, go ahead put the kettle on and get to making the green stuff. It can only help you and could even get you on the path to a healthier life. We may be reaching the latter end of the swimsuit season, but it’s never a bad time to start getting healthy.

 

Get the Most Out of Your Green Tea

Get The Most Out of Your Green Tea

It’s old news that Green Tea is packed with benefits – from lengthening life to preventing a whole host of diseases, it is a great thing to incorporate into your life and diet. Astoria Surgical, in a recent article, reveals how to get the most out of your Green Tea.  As recent studies have shown, Green Tea can

  • Lower LDL cholesterol levels.
  • Improve HDL cholesterol levels.
  • Reduce the risk of blood clot formation.
  • Inhibit the growth of certain forms of cancer.
  • Improve digestive functions.
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Reduce inflammation in diseases such as arthritis.
  • Help prevent tooth decay

It is important to try to get these health benefits by drinking Green tea in the right way. Now, by no means is there a right or wrong way to enjoy tea – Green, Black, or otherwise, but there are ways to help you get more benefits.

In general,for the best benefits, Green tea is best consumed as a hot beverage, though you can get the same benefits from chilled green tea if you use a good quality leaf. If you brew hot tea first, then allow it to chill in the refrigerator, this will not lessen the content or quality of the polyphenols. However, adding ice will cause the polyphenols to combine with the caffeine content and your body will not be able to obtain the benefits. To obtain the maximum benefit from green tea as a drink, it is recommended that you consume between three and six cups per day.

So, to maximize the effects of green tea, according to Astoria Surgical, it is important to brew your own, drink it hot if possible and drink between 3 and 6 cups a day. It should be noted though, before making Green Tea a serious, regular part of your diet, you should consult a doctor. In some cases, using green tea may have a detrimental effect on your health, these include:

  • Green tea may worsen cases of anemia.
  • Drinking green tea may worsen pressure in the eyes, so it is not advisable to use if you suffer from glaucoma.
  • If you suffer from diabetes and drink green tea, you should monitor your blood sugar levels carefully.
  • The caffeine content of green tea may worsen some cases of high blood pressure.
  • Drinking green tea may exacerbate the symptoms of liver disease.

Green tea has great health benefits, but it is way more important for you to be safe in terms of your body’s needs. Whether you make it part of your diet, or just a random treat – Green tea is a great thing to try, not only for your taste buds, but your health.