Green tea

Staid British Black Teas Fade as Florals Flourish

Britain’s youthful tea drinkers are switching from standard tea bags to herbals and specialty fruit and floral tea blends. The trend has been apparent for the past few years but appears to be accelerating. Sales of tea bags are predicted to drop 5% in 2016 to $793 million, according to market research firm Mintel...

Certain Medications, Food, Tea Could Worsen Heart Failure

By Stephenie Overman New American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines contain a long list of common medications that could worsen heart failure. That list includes green tea, grapefruit juice, licorice and some herbs. The AHA issued “Drugs That May Cause or Exacerbate Heart Failure: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association” July 12. The...

Green Tea Joins Fight Against Zika

By Stephenie Overman In the fight against Zika, researchers in Brazil have turned to green tea. The Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. The World Health Organization reports a scientific consensus that Zika is a cause of microcephaly, a neurological condition in which an...

Wuyuan Tea: Everything Old Is New Again

By Janis Hashe For more than 1,200 years, the county containing the city of Wuyuan, nestled between the Chinese provinces of Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Anhui, has reigned as the “golden triangle of green tea.” The surrounding mountains, the misty, humid climate and the rich soil combine to create an ideal environment for growing high-quality...

Green Tea May Improve Cognitive Functions for People with Down Syndrome

By Stephenie Overman Some cognitive functions in Down syndrome may be improved by a compound that’s present in green tea. In a Spanish study published in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet Neurology, researchers reported on the effects of the extract epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) on a range of functions. Out of 24 cognitive tests, the researchers...

Treat Teeth with Green Tea

By Stephenie Overman Health-conscious individuals worried about chemicals in mouthwash and teeth cleaners may find green tea an attractive alternative for helping treat chronic periodontitis. “Green tea intake as a component of nonsurgical periodontal therapy is promising for superior and rapid resolution of the disease process,” according to a study that will be published...

Green Tea Shows Promise for Treating Adult Acne

By Stephenie Overman Decaffeinated green tea extract (GTE) shows some promise in treating adult women with acne, according to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. The results of the trial, conducted by Dr. Po-Hsuan Lu of the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in Taipei and Chung-Hua Hsu of Taipei City Hospital, was published in Complementary...

Green Tea and Iron: A Poor Combination?

Penn State University researchers who were running studies related to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have found information that consuming foods high in iron may reduce the health benefits of green tea consumption. The lead researcher, Matam Vijay-Kumar, explained that important antioxidants in green tea bind with the iron in the meal.  This is a...

Green Tea and Reproduction, An Unhealthy Relationship?

A new study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine has shown that green tea can have a negative effect on the reproduction and development of fruit flies. The research leader was associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, Mahtab Jafari. Jafari was considering if there is a level of toxicity possible in these body...

Using Green Tea to Block Starch Absorption

When someone consumes foods with more starch than his or her body needs, the excess starch is converted to fat and is stored by the body. Thus a diet too high in carbohydrates, can lead to unhealthy weight gain. Scientists at Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland believe that green tea might help...