Greentealovers Newsletter - April  2010

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In this April 2010 Issue:

Latest Weight/Diet Research

Green Tea & Strong Teeth
Herbs to Control Diabetes
Green Tea & Kidney Cancer
Green Tea & Healthy Gums
Monthly Green Tea Recipe

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To All Our Green Tea Lovers,

Our 2010 "top shelf" Japanese Shincha green tea from the Kagoshima region will be delivered to us shortly. This is a "once a year" green tea produced from the youngest buds of the first crop. If you have never tried it, the aroma and taste of this tea is quite unique. Quantities of this once-a-year tea are always limited and it makes a great and healthy gift. In celebration of its arrival we are offering it at a special discount: 2 oz. / $19.99 until May 1st, 2010. Thereafter the same quantity  will cost $22.99. You can find it here:

We have added a recipe section to the newsletter and will be sharing green tea recipes each month.

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Green Tea May Strengthen Your Teeth
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(New York) 19 April 2010

Researchers suspect antimicrobial molecules
contained within green tea helps preserve teeth.

That's the finding of new research published in Preventive Medicine. The findings show that drinking at least one cup of green tea a day increases the odds of keeping your teeth as you age.

The researchers suspect that antimicrobial molecules called catechins present in green tea and in lesser amounts in oolong tea provide the benefit. But be careful if you like your tea with sugar: sweetener may negate the effect, the team found.

"Green tea may have bacteriocidal effects, which would affect teeth, but only if you drink it without sugar," said Alfredo Morabia, of Columbia University in New York and editor of Preventive Medicine, who wrote an editorial accompanying the new research.

"They also reported that drinking sweet coffee was actually deleterious," he added. "Coffee alone had no problem, but sweet coffee would actually make you lose your teeth." -- Jessica Marshall
Ref: Discovery News
Herbs to Help with Diabetes Control
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U.S. (23 April 2010)
If you have been diagnosed with insulin resistance or high blood sugar levels, you can take certain nutrients to help control and even lower your blood sugar level.

Several herbal preparations have been used to control blood sugar levels since as early as 1550 B.C.3  Here are a few of the herbs that have been adequately studied to determine their actual effects and potencies:

* Gymnema sylvestre (leaf) This age-old herb from tropical India destroys sugar taste when the leaves are chewed and is often promoted as an appetite suppressant for weight-loss. More importantly, several small placebo-controlled trials show that gymnema extracts lower blood sugar levels by enhancing the action of insulin. Animal studies indicate that gymnema can double the number of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas and bring blood sugar levels to normal. Research findings also indicate that gymnemacan improve blood sugar control so that smaller doses of oral diabetes drugs are needed. Several human trials clearly show quite a significant improvement in blood sugar levels with gymnema.4
 * Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum) Fenugreek has been found to improve glucose levels, presumably by decreasing absorption of glucose in the small intestine. One large fenugreek study examined participants with poorly controlled Type II diabetes and found an average fasting blood sugar decrease from 151 mg/dL (baseline) to 112 mg/dL after 24 weeks.
* Ginseng root (Korean and American Ginseng) Ginseng has been studied and used as a treatment for infections and diabetes generally for up to three months with repeated courses. One study showed a significant reduction in post-prandial (after eating) glucose versus placebo in Type II diabetes.
* Citrus Aurantium (Orange Bitters) This herb stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, thus increasing metabolism and lowering appetite.

* Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) Milk thistle is extremely good at cleansing the liver, an important factor in diabetes. In doses over 1,500 mg per day, loose stools as a result of increased bile flow and secretion can occur. This desired effect makes it the herb of choice for any liver-related diseases, including liver toxicity associated with acetaminophen, anti-psychotics, halothane, and alcohol.

* Green Tea Green tea helps increase metabolism and reduce chronic disease. It significantly reduces food intake, body weight, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. In one study, green tea increased insulin activity by about 15-fold, an effect of the active ingredient, EGCG.

* Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Bilberry leaves have a reported weak anti-diabetic activity and have been shown experimentally to lower blood sugar levels consistently by 26% in rats. In folk medicine, its blood sugar-reducing effect is touted so that it is a common constituent in "anti-diabetic" teas.

* Cinnamon This spice increases sugar metabolism in rodent fat cells 20-fold according to a report in Diabetes Care. Researchers found that less than one-half teaspoon of cinnamon daily for 40 days significantly dropped blood sugar levels in 60 study participants with Type II diabetes.

* Devil's claw (Oplopanax horridum) The devil's claw plant reportedly contains insulin-like substances, but its chemistry is still under investigation. The root can be made into a tincture and just five drops on the tongue can help stop sugar cravings.

Blood sugar imbalance and diabetes are both treatable without risky prescription medications if you are willing to take an honest look at what you eat, examine how active you are, and monitor how much stress you experience every day.  To help normalize elevated blood sugar levels, consider one or more of the supplements recommended in this article.

-- Michael Cutler

Ref: Total Health Breakthroughs

Green Tea 'Promising Agent' in Kidney Cancer
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(Portugal) 12 April 2010
Researchers at the University of Porto in Portugal have concluded a study indicating that green tea may be an effective anticancer agent for renal cell carcinoma (or RCC), the most common type of kidney cancer in adults and one of the most deadly.

The team noted RCC's resistance to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the resulting urgency to explore the potential of other therapies and the potential for managing other types of cancer that green tea and tea polyphenols have demonstrated in other studies.

With this in mind, the researchers set out to analyze the antiproliferative effect of an antioxidant-rich green tea extract on human renal cancer cell lines. They found that "green tea extract strongly inhibited the growth of both RCC cell lines in a concentration-dependent manner," stated an abstract of the findings. "This is the first report showing that green tea is likely to be an effective anticancer agent for renal cell carcinoma."

A report from the research will appear in the September 2010 issue of the scientific journal Food Chemistry.
-- WTN Staff

Ref: World Tea News

Green Tea and Healthy Gums
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07 April 2010
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) reports studies showing men regularly drinking green tea have healthier gums than men drinking less green tea.

"It has been long speculated that green tea possesses a host of health benefits," said study author Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki of Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. "And since many of us enjoy green tea on a regular basis, my colleagues and I were eager to investigate the impact of green tea consumption on periodontal health, especially considering the escalating emphasis on the connection between periodontal health and overall health."

The green tea study measured periodontal pocket depth, attachment loss of gum tissue, and amount of bleeding when probed. The overall observation was that with every one cup of green tea consumed, there was a decrease in each of the three categories measured.

The researchers contributed the health benefits of green tea to its rich antioxidant properties and ability to reduce inflammation. Gum disease generally results from bacterial infection from the buildup of plaque on our teeth. It is assumed that the body's inflammatory response to the bacteria is causing the more severe symptoms like swollen, bleeding gums, recession of gum tissue, and bone loss (American Academy of Periodontology, 2008).

Other systemic inflammatory diseases have been linked to periodontal disease (gum disease) like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic kidney disease; suggesting that inflammation itself might have a greater connection with the cause of gum disease. Proactive actions fighting inflammation, like regular consumption of green tea, may help reduce chances of these inflammatory-associated disorders.

Green teas can be found at local grocery stores, tea shops, or Asian markets. Personally, I prefer loose-leaf teas found in the local Asian markets, but other brands like Tazo China Green Tips or STASH green teas have had positive remarks. Green tea may be found caffeinated or decaffeinated. Health benefits vary per each brand of tea and whether the tea is caffeinated or not, but healthy antioxidant effects can be found in both styles.


This Month's Green Tea Recipe

Butternut Squash Cupcakes

With whole grain flour & maple syrup

Butternut Squash Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350˚. Put cupcake papers into a muffin tin.

  • 1 1/4 cup whole grain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted clarified butter
  • 1 cup squash puree

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt. In a separate, smaller bowl, mix the eggs, maple syrup, clarified butter and squash purée. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing until just blended.

Spoon the batter into the paper cups, dividing evenly, and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into one comes out clean.

Matcha Green Tea Ganache

  • 3.5 oz best quality white chocolate, finely chopped (I use Green & Black's)
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 teaspoons Matcha powder

Start out by chilling the mixing bowl and the beaters.

Melt the white chocolate and 1/4 cup of the cream over low heat, stirring continually. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Put the rest of the cream into the chilled mixing bowl, then sift the Matcha powder into the cream and whisk until thoroughly blended. Beat until beater marks just begin to show, then add the cooled white chocolate/cream mixture and continue beating until soft peaks form. Be careful not to over-beat as it will turn to butter. The ganache is also good on a chocolate cake.


They Are Here...

Look for these new colorful and flavorful green tea blends in our Flavor Blends/Jasmine section in the coming week:

- Balinese Rainbow Jasmine Green
- Tres vert French Green
- Buckingham Palace Green

In addition three new flavor blends with significantly high antioxidant content:

- Ginger Green
- Citron Green
- Pommes Green
- Riverdance Green

will also appear in the Ultra High Antioxidant Section.

Our various tea and teaware products are subject to a variety of inspections and certifications depending on their origin including Fairtrade, Organic (US, Canada, Europe, Japan) Ethical Tea Partnership. HACCP, ISO 14001 Environmental Production and food safety authorities USFDA, CIFA & EFSA.

Greentealovers also actively uses its sales revenue to decrease its own carbon footprint through a combination of renewable [solar] fuels, Energy Star Compliant heating equipment, enrgy efficient lighting and added insulation. In the last year alone we reduced emissions by over over 15000 pound of CO2.
Our teas are shipped domestically by USPS priority mail and International first class abroad. Tea ware items are insured against breakage when shipped domestic priority.

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