Author Archives: Stephenie Overman

Study Links ‘Burning Hot’ Tea, Plus Smoking or Drinking, to Cancer

A group of Chinese researchers conclude that “drinking tea at high temperatures is associated with an increased risk for esophageal cancer when combined with excessive alcohol or tobacco use.” The group’s findings were reported in “Effect of Hot Tea Consumption and Its Interactions With Alcohol and Tobacco Use on the Risk for Esophageal Cancer:...

Daily Dose of Hot Tea May Reduce Chance of Glaucoma

The risk of glaucoma—a condition that can result in partial or total eyesight loss—was lower in people who drank hot tea every day, according to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Researchers evaluated the association between consumption of coffee, tea, or soft drinks and glaucoma in the participants of the 2005–06...

EGCG in Green Tea May Help Battle Alzheimer’s

EGCG, the major polyphenol in green tea, may play a role in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Preclinical evidence suggests that EGCG “interferes with the formation of toxic assemblies (oligomers), one of the prime suspects in the early steps of the molecular cascade that leads...

Black Tea May Promote Weight Loss

Researchers from UCLA have found that black tea may promote weight loss, the university reports. In the new study, the scientists found that black tea alters energy metabolism in the liver of mice by changing gut metabolites. The results were published in the European Journal of Nutrition. Both black and green tea changed the...

Powdered Tea Mixes Contain Some Beneficial Compounds

Powdered green-tea beverage mixes do contain beneficial compounds, but not much compared to brewed tea, according to a scientist who specializes in nutrition research. The green-tea drink mixes contain flavonoids, mostly compounds called catechins, Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, senior scientist in the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging...

Cheese Tea Sounds Weird, But How Does It Taste?

Cheese tea – think cream cheese, not gouda – is the new cool beverage craze in Asia. The green or fruit teas are topped with frothy cream cheese, served slightly sweet or sprinkled with sea salt. The trend “was thought to have started a few years ago, with the introduction of popular tea shops...

Black Tea Flavonoids May Help Tame the Flu

It is possible that flavonoids in black tea, red wine and blueberries work with gut microbes – those found in the digestive tract — to protect against flu and other viral infections. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that a particular gut microbe can prevent severe flu infections in...

EGCG May Protect Against Memory Loss, Insulin Resistance

EGCG, the major polyphenol in green tea, may protect against memory loss and counter some of the harmful effects of high-fat, high-sugar diet, a new study finds. EGCG may also decrease insulin resistance, which is linked to the development of Type 2 diabetes, according to the study, conducted at the College of Food Science...

Mobile Units Bring Medical Treatment to Tea Laborers

For the first time mobile medical units (MMUs) will be deployed to provide treatment for laborers in Assam’s tea gardens. Under the auspices of the National Health Mission, 80 medical units made up of two vehicles each will visit 320 gardens in the 12 districts of the state to provide health services to the...

Herbal Tea Break May Protect Liver

Taking a herbal tea break may prevent hardening of the liver, according to researchers at Erasmus MC University Medical Centre, Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Frequent consumption of herbal tea—or coffee—was inversely related with liver stiffness, the researchers wrote in a study published in the Journal of Hepatology and reported on by Science Daily. Non-alcoholic...