Author Archives: Stephenie Overman

Tocklai Tea Institute to Receive Funding

Aid is on the way to financially troubled Tocklai Tea Research Institute, India’s premier tea research institution, which is jointly funded by the government and industry through the Tea Research Association (TRA). “The [government] allocation for the next financial year 2017–18 has been brought back to the previous level of 2015–16, which will be...

Tea Consumption May Protect Elderly From Cognitive Decline

Chinese researchers found indications that regular tea consumption lowers the risk of cognitive decline in the elderly, especially those who are genetically at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The findings, according to the National University of Singapore (NUS), were that tea drinking reduced the risk of cognitive impairment in older persons by 50 percent....

Bone-Marrow Disorder Patients May Benefit from Green Tea

Patients facing often-fatal medical complications associated with bone-marrow disorders may benefit from a polyphenol found in green tea, according to information released by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis. The researchers’ paper, “Aggregation of Full Length Immunoglobulin Light Chains from AL Amyloidosis Patients Is Remodeled by Epigallocatechin-3-gallate,” was published in the Journal of...

Watch Out for Empty Calories in Your Tea

You might be surprised just how many empty calories you’re adding to your tea each day. More than 160 million people in the U.S. regularly drink coffee or tea. Roughly two-thirds of coffee drinkers and one-third of tea drinkers add sugar, cream, flavorings or other calorie-rich additives, according to researcher Ruopeng An. “These add-in...

Rooibos Extracts Credited with Undoing Skin Damage

Rooibos can undo some of the damage caused by the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays, according to a report released by the South African Rooibos Council. Once the skin has been exposed to the sun’s rays, rooibos extracts have the ability to remove precancerous damaged cells and to block the onset of inflammation, said Professor...

Guidebooks Point the Way to Ching Ching CHA

The Lonely Planet guidebook describes Ching Ching CHA as an “airy, Zen-like teahouse.” Fodor’s calls it “a teahouse where tranquility reigns supreme.” And the Zagat Survey reports that visitors find it “cheaper than a massage but almost as effective.” With glowing notices like that, owner Ching Ching Wong, known as Hollie, doesn’t need to...

Sugar’s Calories May Serve as Destressor

The beverage industry has been increasingly replacing sugar with non-nutritive sweeteners in its products to control or reduce total calories. It turns out it’s the calories in sugar that may be what reduces acute stress. A study comparing the effects of sugar and non-nutritive sweeteners on an individual’s emotional state explored whether these two...

Battling Cancer with Tea

The book Cancer Hates Tea, by Maria Uspenski, founder and CEO of The Tea Spot in Boulder Colo., is now for sale. The official publication date is Dec. 13, however copies can be preordered on Amazon. Uspenski said the book also is available wholesale through The Tea Spot’s website. Published by Page Street Books,...

Caffeine May Lower Older Women’s Risk of Dementia

A substantial daily dose of caffeine—the equivalent of five to six cups of tea a day—may help older women lower their odds of dementia or cognitive impairment, according to a study published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. “Compared with women who consumed a low amount of caffeine...