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Could Climate Change Alter Your Cup of Tea?

Could Climate Change Alter Your Cup of Tea?

As we learn more about climate change and its effects, there is one area that may not readily come to mind: the tea industry. Supposedly, a cup of tea in some areas in China may begin to taste a little different. Climate change and its difference in temperatures and rainfall levels is said to be responsible for altering some agricultural systems, and tea fields may also be susceptible. Other significant changes like antioxidant levels, and even the scent of the tea leaves, are reportedly subject to variances. Researchers from Tufts University are looking into how this favored beverage might be… read more

It’s Time For Tea

Time For Tea

Growing your own tea isn’t always easy, but it brings about many positive changes when done correctly. Harvesting tea at home enables you to limit the time and fuel spent on trips to the store and allows you to partake in wasteless consumption, rather than purchasing over-packaged tea. Teas come in at least six distinctive varieties: black, green, white, yellow, and oolong. Others “teas”, like rooibos and chamomile, are not made from actual tea leaves but herbs. All authentic tea leaves come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, with difference in taste and appearance being the result of when and how they are harvested. Black tea results from tea… read more

Green Tea and its Benefits

Green tea and its benefits

I caught a cab the other day and the Japanese driver had the most beautifully glowing skin. He looked about 55 years old and I was shocked to find out he was 20 years older. He told me his secret was green tea. No surprises there! It has been around for over 4,000 years and green tea contains catechin polyphenols, carotenoids, Vitamin C, chromium, manganese, selenium or zinc. It is a more potent antioxidant than black tea as it contains  epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a very powerful antioxidant. Apparently, EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, a compound found in red… read more

Anti-inflammatory foods

Blueberries are a great anti-inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory eating has many health benefits that could see us live healthier, longer lives. If we incorporate lots of plant foods and moderate portions of animal foods into our diet, we would see a much healthier population. Below are ten foods that are high in anti-inflammatory properties which have anti-aging benefits also. 1. Blueberry A rich source of anti-oxidants, blueberries are high in phytochemicals which can help prevent some diseases and reduce inflammation. 2. Green Tea Green tea has many polyphenols that have potent antioxidant properties which are said to be greater than vitamin C. The flavonoids in green tea… read more