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The last two blog posts have discussed the studies focusing on the health benefits of tea in the body. The findings from these ventures were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and for this blog post, we'll talk about how tea helps in cutting down risks of cardiovascular diseases.

black teaTea has long been believed to keep the heart healthy. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Claudio Ferri from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, it has been found that black tea helped trim down blood pressure in patients with hypertension. The results imply that black tea countered the negative effects of high-fat meal on the patients' arterial blood flow and blood pressure. For the study, the patients were asked to drink a cup of black tea for a meal with a ratio of .45 grams fat/lb of body weight. The results suggest that tea prevented a decrease in flow mediated dilation (FDM). FDM is the arterial capability to promote blood flow even after the body consumes a high-fat meal.

He stressed that drinking even small amounts of tea (one cup a day) could do a lot in maintaining normal blood pressure and good arterial function. Therefore, in a population scale, consumption of tea would significantly decrease cases of stroke and other cardio diseases.

Dr. Ferri has made a prior study wherein he also found that tea helped improve FDM. This recent venture has only supported previous results.

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In continuation to our previous blog entry regarding the latest study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, this blog post will discuss their recent findings with the polyphenol in tea still as the main subject for study. 

green tea for cancerAnother finding from the research is that tea, particularly green tea and its polyphenol contents could potentially stop the growth of certain types of cancers.

A certain study was conducted between two groups of men with prostate premalignant lesions. One group was undergoing placebo treatment while the other was into tea supplementation. After a year of observation, it has been found that 30% of the subjects undergoing placebo treatment have progressed to prostate cancer compared to only 9% from the tea-supplemented group.

The ratio from the above data may have shown significant difference in terms of figures but large scale study is yet required before a recommendation explicitly stating that green tea is a cure for prostate cancer could be announced. This, however, is a stepping stone in the field of medicine, which could serve as reference to future studies.

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There have been numerous studies backing up claims of the benefits of tea for health. And recently, additional research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) has further supported that tea could benefit our health. In this recent study, the researchers have focused on the effects of tea on weight loss, cancer and cardiovascular risk, bone strength and attention and focus.

tea and weight lossFor now, we'll discuss how tea could help with weight loss.

As a quick starter, the researchers comprising this recent study are from the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Agriculture, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Glasgow, among others.

Tea for Weight Loss

This venture, aims on bringing about evidences that could link tea to weight loss. The researchers were focusing on the polyphenol compounds of tea for this study.

In one set of study, it has been found that subjects under their normal diet, who have begun consuming green tea and caffeine, lost an average of 2.9 lbs in a course of over 12 weeks.

Furthermore, another study shows that regular tea drinkers have lower BMIs, leaner bodies and smaller waist-to-hip ratios compared to non-tea drinkers.

Tea, particularly loose leaf tea, could increase calorie burn - at around 100 calories in a span of 24 hours.

In summary, drinking tea and portions of caffeine, living actively and furthering fat oxidation are proven ways that result in weight loss and/or upkeep of good body weight.

 

 

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oolong tea coating for scallopsIt has been a while since we discussed an article involving loose leaf tea for cooking. This time, we'll make use of Oolong tea leaves and how it adds a delicate twist to one of our favorite seafood - the scallops.

This recipe is basically about using a loose leaf Oolong as coating for our scallops. Oolong tea gives it an added flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon loose leaf Oolong leaves
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 lemons
  • 1/2 lime
  • 12 pieces sea scallops
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. Squeeze the orange, lemon and lime. Set aside.
  2. Remove the tough muscle part of the scallops and pat dry. Set aside.
  3. Grind the oolong tea leaves and lay on the plate. Set aside.

Procedure (Sauce)

  1. Heat the saucepan with a temperature just below a simmer.
  2. Pour the juices. Add the butter and whisk.
  3. Put salt and pepper to taste. Set aside but keep the sauce warm.

(Scallops)

  1. Season the scallops with salt and pepper and press gently over the tea leaves.
  2. Warm a skillet over medium heat and pour the olive oil.
  3. Sear the scallops but do not overcook. Make sure that they do not turn fully to opaque.
  4. Place the scallops in a plate and pour the sauce. Serve.

This recipe with loose leaf oolong tea is fairly simple to follow! Hope you enjoy!

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CHILDREN'S TEA PARTYThrowing a children's tea party isn't just about fun and playtime. This is in fact, one of the best ways to introduce healthy tea drinking to kids. So if you are planning to give your child a bash or if you're up for a simple bonding time, then why not go for a tea party?

Gone were the days when a children's tea party is all about plastic tea cups and stuffed toys. With your guidance, you can make this experience a happy reality for the kids. Here are some simple tips to make sure the fun never spoils:

  1. Set the time and venue. Like any other events, setting the 'where' and the 'when' is the first step. With this in place, planning the flow becomes easier.
  2. Prepare a guest list. Decide how many people are coming to the tea party. Knowing the size of the crowd can help you better organize the event.
  3. Create an invitation. Tea drinking and tea party has been a custom and tradition to many places. For best experiences, prepare an invitation for each of your guests and make sure that you get to deliver each of the invites.
  4. Plan a menu. Try talking with your child and ask what his/her food preference is. Usual food for tea parties include pastries, cupcakes, cookies and sandwiches.
  5. Decide what tea to serve. Since tea is healthy and great-tasting, there isn't too much of a concern regarding the tea choice. But if the tea party is for very young children, opt for those with less caffeine content and make weak pots of loose leaf tea. Try using loose leaf rooibos tea, loose leaf herbal tea, loose leaf white tea and loose leaf green tea.
  6. Create a theme. To make your kid's tea party more exciting, follow a theme. You can ask your guests to dress up according to it. Don't forget to decorate your venue accordingly!

There are plenty of ways to make children's tea party a fun experience. All you need is a little bit of creativity and some good ol' loose leaf tea.

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