Green Tea Leaves May Give Hope for Dementia

(Green) tea leaves may reveal hope for dementia

Perhaps we should just chug green tea constantly. Research has revealed another power of a cuppa the green stuff: enhanced cognitive function. Researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland report evidence that green tea extract boosts the brain’s cognitive functions, in particular, the working memory. The findings suggest promising clinical implications for the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia. The study was published in the journal Psychopharmacology and noted on Researchers gave healthy male subjects a soft drink containing several grams of green tea extract, then measured their brains with MRIs while they worked on memory tasks. The MRIs showed increased connectivity between different parts of the brain. “Subjects tested significantly better for working memory tasks after the admission of green tea extract,” according to a release from the university.

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Hyssop Against Asthma Symptoms?

Can Hyssop Ease Asthma Symptoms?

Asthma is on the rise, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. As of 2009, one in 12 people in the United States now suffers from this respiratory disorder, compared with one in 14 people in 2001. For help in easing asthma symptoms and enhancing respiratory health, some patients turn to such natural remedies as hyssop (an herb found in the mint family and commonly consumed in tea form). While research on the asthma-fighting effects of hyssop is very limited, a preliminary study published in 2011 found that hyssop extract may aid in asthma treatment. In tests on rats, the study’s authors determined that asthma may help curb asthma-associated inflammation of the airways.

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Tea protect your arteries

Flavonols may slash risk of vascular disease for women

This article in NutraIngredients-USA discusses how tea flavonols and other flavonols can help reduce death from atherosclerosis by up to 72%. One specific flavonol in teas was associated with up to a 59% reduced risk of mortality from atherosclerosis.

The tea with the strongest concentration was green tea which is 3-4 times the amount of black tea.

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Matcha – the King of Green Teas

Years ago I attended a seminar on matcha tea and was fascinated by the complex and painstaking steps used in the growing and processing of the tea leaves.

Matcha tea has a beautiful rich green color. This color comes from matcha’s unique growing and harvesting process which concentrates chlorophyll. Matcha is a green tea, however the matcha tea is grown in shade before it is harvested, slowing its rate of growth and concentating its chlorophyll. This not only concentrates chlorophyll but also other helpful nutrients such as amino acids. The leaves are then hand harvested with only the best going into making matcha green tea. After harvesting, the leaves are laid flat and dried in the shade. Before processing they are deveined and the stems are removed. Next the leaves are stone ground to a very fine green powder that is now referred to as matcha green tea. This is a long and delicate process.

Due to the way it is grown, matcha is an excellent sources of epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG). Matcha has over 100 times the amount of EGCG that other green teas have.

After the matcha is made it is graded for quality. Some matcha is food grade and due to the sweet quality of its concentrated amino acids is often use in deserts such as green tea ice cream. The best and finest grades are used for the Zen Japanese’s tea ceremonies.

It is great to experiencing matcha green tea using the tools they use for the green tea ceremonies. Matcha is brewed at a lower temperature than green tea. Usually between 175 and 180 C. It is removed from the container with a special bamboo scoop called a chashaku. It is placed in a special porcelain bowel called a chawan. Next the water 175-180 C is added to the bowl and whisked with a special bamboo whisk called a chasen. It is whisked till there are no lumps and till it slightly frothy. The whisk (chasen) is stored on a special porcelain chasen holder to make sure that it keeps it shape and helps the whisk to last longer.

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Organic India Tulsi Tea

I think it is much more beneficial to take herbs in their tea form rather than taking them in a pill. I believe that your body needs to taste what you are getting in order to use it properly. It really makes it easy when the tea taste great as some herbs have a pretty bad flavor. This is why I love drinking Organic India Tulsi Tea

Tulsi is called the Queen of Herbs in India and is traditionally grown in every home. Tulsi or Holy Basil is considered a sacred plant and is often planted around Hindu shrines. The name Tulsi means the incomparable one in Hindi. Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil. Tulsi (Holy Basil) is an adaptogen or anti stress herb used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine.  Eugenol is highly concentrated in Tulsi and acts as a COX-2 inhibitor which may suggest that Tulsi may be helpful in inflammation.

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