The December holidays are always challenging! Between the increase in demand at my office, gift purchases of massage, yoga and product and the personal gift giving, card-sending hurdles, etc., it’s no wonder that Christmas day rolls around I don’t want to get out from under the covers! I love teaching stress management, and most of the year I’m doing exactly what I need to do for my health. December stress is a reminder that I need to be more diligent in treating myself well! While standing in one of my favorite stores for self-care, I realized it was a perfect gift to give my friends, family and clients as well. My gift was to give a cup of tea! Tea is a great gift to be given to and from someone who lives with diabetes. My opinion is that what we consume affects us, and for people living with chronic illness sometimes with more punch. Education gives us choices and therefore I like to study everything that invo...
Tea is an ancient drink that dates back over 5,000 years. People have not only enjoyed its distinct taste but have also used it for medicinal purposes as well. Today, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage on the planet, second only to water. Tea drinking is on the rise at a rate of 2% per year. Among the many purported benefits of drinking tea such as reduced cancer rates and promoting overall longevity, tea has traditionally been believed to be effective at lowering cholesterol. Now, science has found hard evidence to support this claim.
Tea is derived from the leaves of the plant Camellia Sinensis. There are three major types of tea: green , oolong, and black. The difference between these teas is based upon the amount of fermentation that is involved in their processing. Tea leaves are harvested soon after their buds have sprouted. Once harvested, the leaves are allowed to dry to remove moisture and wither. The withered leaves are then either rolled or crushed ex...
Does Green Tea Lower Cholesterol?
All right, this green tea article has been hanging over my head for at least a month now. I just couldn't get motivated to wade through all the research to determine if yes, this is an effective way to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease , or no, it's just a lot of hype.
Well, I sat down and sorted it all out today and here's what I found.
The proposed health claim for green tea is that drinking at least 5 fluid ounces as a source of catechins may reduce risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease .
What are catchins?
Green tea contains catechins, which are a type of flavenoid with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants slow the oxidation process. The oxidation of LDL molecules is what results in plaque formation. Therefore, increasing antioxidant intake should slow oxidation of LDL , resulting in less arterial plaque formation.
Also, when molecules ...
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