Green tea now associated with lower stroke risk

Yoshihiro Kokubo, the lead author of a new study that followed over 80,000 Japanese adults for an average period of 13 years and found that  those who drank increasing daily amounts of green tea, and caffeinated coffee,  had an increasingly lowered risk of stroke.Those who drank two to three six-ounce cups of green tea, compared to those who drank none at all , had a decreased stroke risk of 14 percent. Five or more cups of green tea corresponded with a 15 percent decrease in all-cause mortality, and a 26 percent decrease in dying from cardiovascular disease. The participants’ risk of a blood vessel bursting and bleeding inside their brain (intracerebral hemorrhage) was reduced by 32 percent with high consumption of green tea. Greater amount of coffee drinking did not reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, in fact it seemed to increase it – though that may have been a combination with smoking.

At the end of the day, Green tea is very helpful in maintaining heart health, among its numerous health benefits. So take your green tea to heart – and keep drinking to keep it beating.

Honeysuckle Tea

As we are starting March and as the grips of Winter seem to be loosening every day – one can’t help but think of Summer. Sunlight streaming through windows, golden heat sinking into our skin and lazy days. The idea of it – putting on summer dresses and laying in the grass, picking honey suckles and getting that little drop honey inside. The faint smell of them fills everything, carried on the cool breeze, in the fiber of our clothes – it even seems imbued into that  golden light touching everything.

Honeysuckle tea  is not only delicious but has numerous health benefits. According to teabenefits.com, Honeysuckle tea can alleviate sores and swelling of eyes and throat, can help with headaches, and is said to inhibit the bacteria that causes salmonella, strep, staph, and tuberculosis infections. So have a little taste of summer and keep yourself healthy with Honeysuckle tea. As the adage says – you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Well, hopefully not flies, but maybe better health.

Drinking Tea linked to lowering likelihood of heart disease

As Inverurie Herald has found in a recent article, drinking tea can lower the likelihood that you will get heart disease. It was found that

 drinking moderate amounts of coffee (two to three cups a day) was better than a little or a lot. With tea, drinking more than six cups a day was linked to the lowest risk

This study assessed the effects of tea and coffee consumption on health outcomes over a 13-year period, specifically any effects on cardiovascular health.  They accounted into their studies the knowledge that high consumption of caffeine can have an adverse effect on health. The best way to prevent heart disease, drinking tea or not, is to have a healthy lifestyle. Drinking tea while doing unhealthy activities cannot help.

Caffeine and unhealthy activities aside though, it is great that tea has been linked to help prevent heart disease. So when drinking that strong cuppa tea, remember that you’re helping make a stronger heart – and that really is lovely.

Have a little Chamomile

In terms of tea, you don’t get much prettier than chamomile. Those delicate yellow flowers mixing in with the heat and the steam, settling into that warm yellow, that delicate aroma and when you finally drink it – it tastes like spring blurring into summer. The all enveloping warmth, the sweetness, the flowers – and the sheer joy – all within that tea cup.

Chamomile tea is not only relaxing and enjoyable – it has health benefits. As this Livestrong.com article finds,

Chamomile tea, a traditional drink mild enough for small children, is nonetheless powerful enough to treat a number of maladies, from insomnia to stomach pain.

It boosts immunity to disease, is a relaxant that helps with insomnia, along with menstrual cramps and tension, and helps heal mouth sores. It should be noted though that although both German and Roman chamomile contain useful properties, German is found to be more powerful and is more researched.

Stress is all around – whether you’re a college student at midterm, having a hard time at the office, or just trying to keep yourself going – Chamomile is a good way take a load off. Everyone deserves to relax a little and everyone deserves to stay healthy.

Chai Tea – add a little spice to your life

There’s a lot of talk and studies going on in terms of Green Tea, but not a lot is heard about its multi-spiced friend Chai. In latte form it’s a staple in coffee shops and to those that have loved it all their lives – the cardamom and the clove seems to be steeped into the fabric of their being. There are those memories of the multi-layered scents and musks filling the house, seeing a pot full of spices boiling and boiling, the dark liquid being poured into a tea pot and drinking it with heavy cream.

But as most teas, Chai can provide a lot of health benefits. Dr. Isaac Eliaz writes, in an article on MindBodyGreen, the benefits of this delicious tea. He even says,

If I were stranded and could only choose one beverage, I would probably take chai. A powerful blend of tea,herbs and spices, chai has been cherished for centuries in India to preserve health and increase peace of mind. But, the more we learn about chai, the more benefits we find. In addition to improving digestion, chai enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. It has also been suggested that chai has antibacterial and anti-cancer effects.

All of the different components within Chai Tea provide different health benefits. For example the Black Tea in it contains anti- oxidants, ginger boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation, and fennel provides potassium and fiber.

Ultimately, drinking a little chai could spice up your life, both for your taste buds and improving health.