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Announcement: A Cup of Green Tea and Its Amazing Polyphenols

“Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.”

                                               ~ (Ancient Chinese Proverb)



A cup of green tea.
One of life’s basic pleasures. People have been enjoying the taste and health benefits of tea for thousands of years. Tea was first cultivated by India and China but is now consumed around the world and is second only to water. It is grown around the world in tropical and sub tropical locations but is native to Southeast Asia. Camellia sinensis – green tea’s scientific plant name – comes from a type of evergreen shrub or laurel tree. The leaf buds and leaves are the parts used to make the tea. Plants have always been used in traditional Chinese medicine and now the Western medical community is taking notice. Can the claim be made that green tea heals?
A cup of green tea.
There is an entire science surrounding this basic and simple beverage. Tea has been touted as being the magic cure-all for everything, especially the green variety. It is said to hold curative properties for human illnesses and preventive health. There is proven truth to many of the claims and the jury is still out on many others. There are still studies to be done and analyzed but the ones that are completed paint a fairly impressive picture of the powerful benefits of this powerful tea.
Many of these medical headlines do have merit. The majority of the therapeutic health benefits attributed to the tea are due to the polyphenols, the potent anti-oxidant compounds found in it. Polyphenols contained in teas are classified as catechins. There are six primary catechin compounds found in the green version of the tea: catechin, gallaogatechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, and apigallocatechin gallate (also known as EGCG). EGCG is the most studied polyphenol component in green tea and also the most active. Catechins are present in nearly all teas made from Camellia sinensis including white tea, green tea, black tea and Oolong tea. 
The National Cancer Institute has ongoing clinical trials on the health impact that this tea can offer in the fight against skin cancer. Two current studies are testing to see the effects of a green tea pill on sun-induced skin damage and another is making a determination whether a topical application shrinks pre-cancerous skin changes. These scientific studies suggest that EGCG and green tea polyphenols have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent the onset and growth of skin tumors. The catechins have a strong antibiotic effect and play a role is disrupting the replication of the DNA in bacteria. In in-vitro experiments the EGCG was able to reverse methicillin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. This could prove to be a treatment for such resistant bacteria.
There is another clinical study through the National Institute of Health to determine the effect of the tea as an extract in preventing cervical cancer in patients with Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Dental caries, dental plaque formation and bad breath – which are bacterial infections – have been treated successfully with green tea. Aside from being a powerful antioxidant, green tea promotes healthy cholesterol, healthy blood pressure, good blood sugar and a healthy metabolism, cardiovascular health, younger looking skin, digestive health, and energy.
One of the more recent claims that has much interest is that green tea promotes weight loss and acts as a diuretic. As powerful as this tea appears to be, it is best to take a precautionary approach. With any herbal or plant based supplement there could be interactions with medications being taken so it is always advised to consult with your physician before implementing any dietary changes that include green tea beverages or its supplement and extract forms. People with heart problems, kidney disorders, stomach ulcers, and psychological disorders (particularly anxiety) should not take green tea. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also avoid this tea.
A cup of green tea.
Who knew? Can the claim be made that green tea heals? It may be the new powerhouse miracle that could prove to change lives and improve health just as penicillin or the invention of aspirin. Something so simple yet so promising.


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Over 100 Matcha Tea Health Benefits


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Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

Green tea is widely praised for its ability to halt the effects of aging, prevent dementia, fight cancer and much more thanks to the power of its high antioxidant content, but one similar, albeit lesser known, drink has it beat according to research from an important university study — Matcha.

The carefully prepared, powdered cousin to regular green tea has been prized for its off-the-charts antioxidant content — as much as 137 times higher than regular green teas on the market — as well as for its unique “full-bodied” taste that ends with a lingering, sweet kick.

Matcha can be found in powder form and usually only takes about a tablespoon to make a full cup since it’s so rich. Drinking Matcha is an excellent way to relax and “center yourself” after a long day, which is what makes it so beloved in its native Japan for both unwinding alone and entertaining guests.

 How Does Matcha Become So Potent?

The process of growing and harvesting Matcha is different from regular green teas, and part of what holds the secrets to its incredible health benefits and antioxidant power.

Preparation starts before harvest for as many as 20 days, when the tea bushes are covered to prevent direct sunlight. According to the website TeaPedia.org, this slows down the growth of the plants and turns them a darker shade of green, allowing more and more amino acids to be produced inside the plant. Only the finest buds are then picked, and they are then left out flat to dry before being stone-ground into a beautifully rich green Matcha powder for tea.

University Study Confirms Antioxidant Power of Matcha

It goes without saying that our bodies are under a ton of stress these days, which is what makes antioxidants so important for overall health.

These are the compounds that protect our cells from the damaging effects of free radicals produced by stress, dietary mistakes, and even exercise that are common in everyday life.

According to a 2003 study from the University of Colorado (in Boulder, CO), the powerful antioxidant EGCG, which is also found in green tea, is present at levels up to 137 times greater than that of commercially available green teas, as we mentioned earlier.

The same study also found that Matcha’s antioxidant content is at least three times higher than even the most potent varieties of green tea you can find.

Other health benefits of Matcha include:

-Rich in Fiber and Chlorophyll

-Leads to an Increased yet Calmer Alertness

– May help prevent Alzheimer’s, Liver Damage, Diabetes and Cancer

-Speeds up your Metabolism

-Contains L-theanine, an Amino Acid that relaxes the mind (Buddhist monks enjoy this drink)

While all green tea can be extremely beneficial (if it’s organic especially since many mainstream teas are heavily processed and may contain high levels of fluoride), matcha tea is hands down the better choice if you’re looking for antioxidant power and anti-aging effects.

As for the taste, let’s just say that if you like green tea, you should have no problems liking matcha (feel free to add a little organic stevia to make it sweeter to your liking).


– See more at: http://althealthworks.com/1323/matcha-tea-health-benefits-include100-times-more-antioxidants-than-regular-green-tea/#sthash.JKASQtRW.dpuf




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Green Tea Effective for Treating Tumors and Genetic Disease

Green Tea Effective for Treating Tumors and Genetic Disease: 

Researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have discovered that a compound found in green tea shows great promise in the treatment of two types of tumors and a deadly congenital disease. The discovery is the result of research led by principal investigator, Dr. Thomas Smith at The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and was published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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What Type of Tea Did American Colonists Drink?

In American history, one hears of the Boston Tea Party where the rebel colonists threw chests of tea delivered from England into the harbor. What kind if tea was available back in the 18th century? Was it like tea today? Black or green?

Whatever the British supplied, and Great Britain was the sole source for tea in the colonies until the American Revolution. Alone among the UK’s former colonies, the American colonies began our habit of preferring to drink coffee instead. As noted, China sold the British only second-rate tea leaves pressed into dried bricks to endure the long sea voyages. Until the mid-1800s foreign traders were forbidden to live in China itself, and only allowed temporary access through restricted areas of a few cities, mainly Canton. Hence the real pleasure of tea was not widely known until after the so-called Opium War forced open Chinese ports and cities. Both the British and the Dutch introduced tea plantations into India, Malaysia, and Indonesia as an alternate–and cheaper– source of supply. China sold tea only for silver, and Europe couldn’t long afford the strain on its silver reserves.

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What Sweets are Served With Green Tea in a Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony?

I’m studying Geisha and I am doing a presentation on them.  I have decided that during the presentation the veiwers will sit on the floor and I will offer them Japanese Green Tea to get them feeling what I am saying to them but I dont know what to give them to snack on.  I have however found rice cakes to maybe work  – any ideas??

If you can make or buy some, I would suggest the little cakes filled with bean paste. Something like this should work: http://japanesefood.about.com/od/japanesecake/r/manjucake.htm There are a few other possible ideas here, if you scroll down to the Japanese section: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bean_jam

When I went to the Japanese tea ceremony before the Miyako Odori in April, we were served either Manju or some kind of Daifuku with the tea (sorry, I still get them confused), so it strikes me as pretty authentic for a geisha tea ceremony.


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What are Differences Between Chinese and Japanese Tea Ceremonies?

Hello, I am writing a paper on the Japanese Tea Ceremony and I am trying to find out the differences of Japanese and Chinese Tea Ceremonies. I ask that you please provide me with a preferably ACADEMIC source so I can actually use it for my paper. Thanks a lot in advance!!!


The Japanese tea ceremony features a quietly reflective ceremony where the preparation of tea takes place in silence. The Chinese tea ceremony takes place to celebrate a wedding and is seen as a fun and happy occasion.


During the Japanese ceremony guests sit in silence watching the host prepares matcha tea. As the newlyweds in the Chinese ceremony prepare tea the good luck woman speaks positive, often funny phrases to amuse the guests.


Sweet candies are served before the Japanese tea ceremony while the Chinese ceremony uses dried fruits served with the tea.


The Japanese ceremony is a social event completed by the guests discussing both the tea and handmade utensils used by the host. The making and giving of tea in the Chinese ceremony bares similarities to the exchange of vows during a Western wedding ceremony.


A number of Zen principles govern the Japanese tea ceremony which include harmony, respect and purity. The presenting of tea in the Chinese ceremony serves as an introduction by the newlyweds to their new families and a sign of respect to the parents. Hope it helps ^.^


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Is it True that Matcha Green Tea Powder Can Prevent/Treat Breast Cancer?

Is it True that Matcha Green Tea Powder Can Prevent/Treat Breast Cancer? Is there a green tea cancer connection?


I’m asking because both my mother and sister have battled breast cancer and I want to arm myself with protection. I heard about matcha green tea powder on one of the morning shows.


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Can Coffee Lower the Risk of Prostate Cancer?

















Can Coffee Lower the Risk of Prostate Cancer?


Men who drink coffee regularly can lower their risk of prostate cancer, in particular the lethal form according to a recent Harvard University medical study. The study found that men who regularly consumed large amounts of coffee (more than six cups per day) had a 20% lower risk of developing regular cancer and a 60% reduced chance of developing the deadliest form of the disease.

Consuming relatively small amounts of coffee, one — three cups per day – lowered the risk of lethal prostate cancer by 30%. According to Dr. David Samadi, a robotic prostatectomy and prostate cancer treatment expert, as well as Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, says the results of the study are notable.

Anti-oxidants found in coffee, caffeinated and decaffeinated, may reduce the odds of prostate cancer and reduce the likelihood of deadly tumors by altering levels of sex hormones that regulate blood sugar levels, insulin, and mitigate inflammation.

However, Dr. Samadi cautions people that more studies are needed to understand the mechanisms behind coffee’s role in reducing prostate cancer. “Men should not regularly consume six or more cups of coffee per day to prevent prostate cancer, which can lead to high blood pressure and other health issues. The study is encouraging, though, for men that have a high risk of developing prostate cancer and drink smaller amounts of coffee regularly,” concludes Samadi.

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Where can I find Accurate Information About the Medicinal Value of Green Tea as a Cancer Prevention?

Where can I find accurate information about the medicinal value of Green Tea as a cancer prevention?  I am undergoing treatment for prostate cancer and I want to do whatever I can to prevent recurrence. Is there a green tea cancer connection???


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Green Tea Farmer in Japan

Here is a video of an American teacher in Japan following a Japanese Green Tea Farmer walking up a mountainside to see his beautiful farm.  This gives a great view of the tea fields and how it is traditionally grown in some areas of Japan and hand-picked by some farmers.  The first two minutes are in Japanese, then English thereafter.  This 80 year old green tea farmer started his green tea fields  atop the mountain when he was only 18 years old.  Green tea has been cultivated in Japan for thousands of years much like it seen in this video.  Green tea health benefits are tauted frequently by the medical community. 


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