Tea Health / Education

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...

Moderate Tea Consumption Shows Heart Benefits

An American Journal of Medicine study finds moderate tea consumption can help slow the progression of coronary artery calcium and reduce the risk of incidents that cause damage to the heart muscle. Researchers examined 6,508 participants from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. They found that participants who drank at least one cup of tea...

Scientists Tout Rooibos as Effective Anti-Aging Remedy

Long known as an effective antioxidant, rooibos is now getting attention for its anti-aging properties. Scientists at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, have discovered that the local “wonder herb” is effective in protecting against the degeneration of preadipocytes, the predominant cells found in fat tissue, and therefore could reverse the...

Tetley Predicts Contraceptive, Pain Killer “Remedy Teas”

Tetley foresees a future where “remedy teas,” teas enriched with medicines such as painkillers, antibiotics, and contraceptives, are readily available. “The benefit is that whatever the medicine, from birth control to antibiotics and painkillers, it could be available in a far more palatable format than a pill,” Laurent Sagarra, Global Head of Innovation, Compliance...

Alliance Warns: Beware Boba Tea’s Sugar Bomb

By Stephenie Overman The Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) has launched the “Rethink Your Asian Drink” campaign to warn about the health dangers of boba milk tea, also known as bubble tea. “This campaign focuses on increasing knowledge of just what ingredients (especially sugar) are in boba and other Asian drinks...

GTE on List of Potentially Harmful Supplements

By Stephenie Overman Relying on a panel of physicians and dietary supplement researchers, Consumer Reports has identified 15 common supplement ingredients — including green tea extract (GTE) powder — that are potentially harmful. Risks include cardiac arrest, cancer and organ damage, according to experts quoted by Consumer Reports. Moreover, they said, none of the...

Tea Polyphenols Studied in Fight Against Neurodegeneration

By Stephenie Overman Polyphenols in white tea are promising candidates to test for protection against neurodegeneration associated with diabetes, according to Dr. Branca Maria Silva, an associate professor at the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal. Silva spoke on “Polyphenols as protective agents against neurotoxicity and neurodegeneration: the case of tea polyphenols,” at the...

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...