Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tea and diabetes

People who drink more coffee or tea, regardless of whether it's caffeinated, seem to have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared with people who don't drink any of the beverages, new research suggests.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tea Is Up

The price of tea has jumped because of supply shortages and robust demand. This will bring higher retail prices early next year, according to analysts. Coffee and orange juice prices have also risen to their highest level in more than a year. The shortages are due to bad weather and a persistent lack of investment.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Green Tea And Gum Disease

A cup of green tea per day may help keep gum disease at bay, a new study suggests.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Climate change causing havoc to tea farmers

Climate change is already wreaking havoc on the livelihoods of small-scale tea and coffee farmers in some of the world's poorest countries, according to a three-year research project by Fairtrade drinks producer Caf├ędirect.

Research across four countries – Kenya, Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua – carried out with the state-funded German Technical Corporation, showed that growers are already being forced uphill to higher altitudes, at a rate of three to four metres a year on average, as temperatures rise. "A huge number of growers are now experiencing increased instances of pestilence and disease from rises in temperature. They are also facing prolonged drought and changing weather patterns," said Caf├ędirect chief executive, Anne MacCaig.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

The Green Tea Wrinkle Cure

German researchers have coupled high-intensity light-emitting diode exposure with a lotion made of green tea extract to create a wrinkle-fighting treatment they say could replace invasive cosmetic procedures.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Loop-the-Loop tea stunt

A Royal Air Force corporal injured in Iraq has completed a challenge to hold on to a mug of tea while a passenger in a plane flying loop-the-loops.Tea Stunt

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kerry Katona Tea Attack

Former Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona was arrested after a Tea attack against her accountant. She was questioned on suspicion of committing assault, criminal damage and a public order offence, police said.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Poppy Tea A Bad Idea.

A man was found dead in Colorado on Tuesday morning, and authorities suspect poppy tea may be the cause. According to medical sources, poppy tea can cause heart attacks and respiratory failures. The consumption of poppy tea also known as opium tea seems to be growing in the USA.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tea is making a comeback

The UK Tea Council claims that the tea market is expected to grow by about three percent this year

Tea sales are making a comeback after declining for decades as evidence emerges about its health benefits.

On the down side the rising demand for tea has driven up the prices by between 15 and 20 percent this year.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Does tea affect iron levels?

I found this story about the affect of Tea on iron levels in the news paper and found it interesting. I can say from personal experience that drinking more than 3 cups of tea a day has a negative effect on the way I feel.

Does tea affect iron levels?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Worried About Prostate Cancer

Are you worried about prostate cancer? Drink green tea. A new study shows that green tea may slow the progression of prostate cancer. Researchers from Louisiana State University found a significant reduction in the levels of several growth factors that promote cancer as well as reductions in prostate specific antigen, a marker of cancer growth. Read More

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Man Cures Swine Flu With Tea

Their is a news story making its way around the world about a man who drank tea to get over swine flu. Read More About Tea And Swine Flu

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Steeped in History: The Art of Tea

"Steeped in History: The Art of Tea," on display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from Aug. 16 through Nov. 29, is a wide-ranging exhibition that brings together centuries of art from three continents to delve into the history and culture of tea.

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Green Tea And Stroke

Want to stave off the risk of an ischemic stroke? Sip a cup of green tea, at least once a week, says a new study.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tea cuts the risk of heart attack

A survey, commissioned by the Tea Advisory Panel and published in the journal Nutrition and Food Science, revealed that four cups a day significantly cuts the risk of a heart attack, makes you more alert, keeps hydration at a healthy optimal level and even improves your mood.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Loose Leaf Tea ‘On The Go’

New… Libre…a tea glass specifically designed for loose leaf tea ‘on the go’. In the car, on a hike, at the office, on your bike, at a yoga class, wherever you happen to be.…take your Libre tea glass along with you. Carry it in your backpack or purse, and just add hot water to enjoy your favourite loose leaf tea.


Monday, May 11, 2009

The only working tea farm in the U.S.A.

I found this story about the only working tea farm in the U.S.A.and thought I would pass it on....

This whole operation boils down to something sweetly simple. More basic than the golden-brown nectar that drips from restaurant-sized taps inside the gift shop or even the lulling tree-lined drive down Maybank Highway to arrive here.

"Two leaves and a bud," says Bill Hall, no doubt for the umpteenth time, as he plucks a sprig from the edge of the green 127-acre expanse that is the Charleston Tea Plantation.

The idyllic farm, the only one of its kind in the U.S., reopened in 2006 after a four-year hiatus. In 2002, the gift shop doors closed, the visitor tours ceased and American Classic Tea abruptly disappeared from local grocery store shelves.

"We just cut it and left it," Hall remembers.

What happened off the fields during that time involved legal filings, a court-ordered sale of the property and the biggest name in specialty teas. But since then, Hall says, just about everything around here has doubled, from the amount of tea produced to the number of visitors touring the fields.

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Friday, May 08, 2009

WWI Graves of UK, Australian Soldiers Found

Excavators near a rural village in northern France began work Tuesday unearthing the remains of as many as 400 long-lost Australian and British soldiers who perished in World War I.

The remains, buried in a cluster of mass graves discovered in 2008, are to be individually reinterred in a cemetery being built near the site.

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

“Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.”

According to tea industry lore, the Earl Grey blend was virtually unknown in the United States until the advent of Star Trek: Next Generation, which introduced viewers to Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Adding Milk To Tea, Not So Good

Drinking tea reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, but adding milk alters the effect. research has shown that drinking tea improves blood flow and the ability of arteries to relax. Researchers from the Charite Hospital at the University of Berlin in Mitte found that adding milk to the tea eliminates the protective effect against cardiovascular disease, Health News reported.

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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Chinese white tea may fight obesity

A study funded by a German health food company suggests Chinese white tea may fight obesity by reducing fat cells.

White Tea

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Great Tea Escape

A suspected criminal in Japan escaped by convincing a police officer to drink tea laced with sleeping pills.

Naoto Tsuge, 24, who had been arrested on suspicion of attempted theft, asked the 30-year-old officer to drink the tea.

The police detected traces of sleeping medication in the officer and in the tea left in the cup.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Tea Bag A National Security Threat

A congressional office in Manchester, New Hampshire was shut down recently when a tea bag was mistaken for something more sinister. One may not think that a tea bag could be a threat to national security. But when mailed to a member of Congress as a form of tax protest, they can trigger alarms.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

High Time for High Tea

A childhood friend and I have long enjoyed the rituals of tea. As teenagers, we would mail each other envelopes filled with exotic and unusual tea leaves. And then as adults, our love of tea evolved into high tea - an annual event when we would leave young children at home, put on our lipstick, and meet like giggling schoolchildren in fancy tea rooms of high end hotels across Toronto.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Tea is the most-consumed beverage in the world

Tea is the most-consumed beverage in the world, unless you count water.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Very hot tea linked to cancer

Tea drinkers have been advised to let their beverages stand for at least four minutes to reduce the risks of cancer. This follows a study that found the threat of cancer of the oesophagus increased eight-fold as a result of drinking tea with a temperature above 70C.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Green Tea May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

A study conducted in China suggests that women who consume more mushrooms and green tea in their diets may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Green tea could help your teeth

Green tea has long been consumed for its perceived health properties. Now, scientists at Kyushu University in Japan have found that the popular beverage may also protect against problems with the gums and teeth. Read More

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Tough working conditions on tea plantations

I thought this article was interesting.

Underpaid and living in poor conditions far from home, tea pickers in Kenya's vast plantations are trying to boost their income by selling sex.
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Friday, February 27, 2009

Enviga green tea wont burns calories

Coca-Cola Co. and its partner Nestle agreed to pay $650,000 in a settlement with 27 states over claims that Enviga green tea burns calories, resulting in weight loss.

The Attorney General stated Thursday said the companies Coca-Cola Co. and its partner Nestle claimed that drinking their Enviga beverage, an artificially sweetened green tea soda, boosted metabolism and burned more calories than the product contained, resulting in weight loss.

The companies agreed to re-label Enviga to add disclosures and disclaim weight-loss benefits, Any marketing of Enviga or a similar beverage that uses the terms "the calorie burner," "negative calories" or "drink negative" must clearly disclose that the product doesn't lead to weight loss without diet and exercise.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Used Tea Bags Have Second Use

Instead of tossing tea bags in the trash, think about their recyclable use.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

HEALING HERBS: Bush tea – a drink to good health

I found this story online today and thought it was worth passing on.

HEALING HERBS: Bush tea – a drink to good health

INVIGORATING. Refreshing. Healing. With those words I describe bush teas, which are not as popular as they used to be a few generations back.

However, I am happy to report that the art of making good bush tea is not extinct. I've come across a number of bush-tea drinkers and I still make and drink the brews, using flowers, leaves, stems, barks and roots.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

World Tea Sales Up

The resent economic melt down has not hat that much impact on tea sales. This is likely do to a number of reasons. The most likely being that drinking tea is a relaxing experience that makes people feel better when things are bad. You can enjoy sitting at home sipping a cup of tea and let your worries fade away. At least for a few moments.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Green Tea May Interfere With Some Cancer Drugs

Some components in green tea may prevent the drug Velcade, a widely used cancer agent also called bortezomib, from killing cancerous tumor cells, according to researchers from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

In lab studies scientists evaluated the impact of green tea compounds on the efficacy of bortezomib against multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, and glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.

Velcade normally fights cancer by inducing tumor cell death. However scientits were surprised to find that some of the green tea polyphenols and other components actually prevented bortezomib from killing tumor cells.

While green tea components appear to interfere with the ability of Velcade to combat cancer, other cancer-fighting drugs may not be affected. According to the study green tea is a proven beneficial herb that has been shown to improve the anticancer effects of other drugs.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hibiscus tea could help blood pressure

Just three cups of hibiscus tea a day were shown to reduce the blood pressure of people at risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Hibiscus Tea

Friday, January 30, 2009

3 billion cups

I am told that every day the world consumes 3 billion cups of tea. I wonder how many swimming pools that would fill?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Green tea may help you get rid of tummy fat

A recent study found green tea catechin consumption enhances exercise-induced changes in abdominal fat and serum triglycerides. Several other studies have also given indications that green tea helps to boost the efficiency of weight loss exercise. In the recent study , published in the February issue of the Journal of Nutrition, shows that nasty hard to get rid of belly fat may be the first to go.

The study evaluated about 130 obese adults. All consumed a diet that was the same in daily calories and participated in the same amount of moderate exercise. They also drank a beverage each day containing 39 milligrams of caffeine, but one group consumed green tea. Green tea contains catechins, an antioxidant. After 12 weeks, the participants drinking the green tea had greater loss, about 4 pounds compared with about 2 pounds in the other group. The green-tea group also had larger declines in other fats.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Herbal tea jeopardizes sailor's future

There’s nothing like a nice cup of tea to relax, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Javier Trevino used to think.

Particularly herbal tea — no caffeine to get his hands shaking while he was working as an air traffic controller in Mayport Naval Station or to keep him awake at night.

So he was pretty amiable when a friend he was visiting last May in San Antonio offered him some herbal tea from Mexico. It was pretty good, Trevino remembers, kind of grassy tasting — good enough to bring back home, share with his 11-year-old son and best friend’s pregnant wife.

Not good enough, though, to put his entire career in jeopardy, possibly getting him drummed out of the Navy or tossed in jail.

That herbal tea was mate de coca, a beverage made from the plant leaves that are used to make cocaine.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Britain's "tightest" man

A father-of-seven who recycles his tea bags up to five times has been named Britain's "tightest" man in a TV show.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Tea Tree Oil Body Wash

Well it might not be the kind of tea we drink but a new study is investigating whether a tea tree oil body wash can prevent the drug-resistant super bug MRSA in critically ill hospitalized adults. Tea tree oil body wash "may be a simple intervention to prevent MRSA, says Dr. Bronagh Blackwood from Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland.

Tea tree oil is an is obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Wine, Chocolate, Tea can help boost memory

A small amount of wine, a few squares of chocolate or a few cups of tea could help to beat memory loss and delay the onset of dementia. However according to scientists, the benefits wear off dramatically if people take more than half a glass of wine, four squares of chocolate or five cups of tea.