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.