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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA

Mulberry leaves are good for lowering cholesterol and stopping and reversing atherosclerosis. Mulberry leaves lower LDL cholesterol and is full of great anti-oxidants. And Mulberry leaves make a great tea that lowers blood sugar levels and are great for anyone with diabetes. There have been clinical trials in the US in major universities showing that Mulberry Leaf Tea lowered blood sugar levels by an amazing 44%. And in Chinese Medicine Mulberry Leaves are used to treat the liver and the lungs and also Mulberry Tea is used as a calming agent for those with stress and the Yellow Emperor called Mulberry the Miracle Remedy.


Chrysanthemum tea has many purported medicinal uses, including an aid in recovery from influenza, acne and as a "cooling" herb. According to traditional Chinese medicine the tea can aid in the prevention of sore throat and promote the reduction of fever. In Korea, it is known well for its medicinal use for making people more alert and is often used to waken themselves. In western herbal medicine, Chrysanthemum tea is drank and used as a compress to treat circulatory disorders such as varicose veins and atherosclerosis. In traditional Chinese medicine, chrysanthemum tea is also used to treat the eyes, and is said to clear the liver and the eyes. It is believed to be effective in treating eye pain associated with stress or yin/fluid deficiency. It is also used to treat blurring, spots in front of the eyes, diminished vision, and dizziness. The liver is associated with the element Wood which rules the eyes and is associated with anger, stress, and related emotions.


Tired of being sick? Abundant in Vitamins A and C, Persimmon Leaf tea prevents colds and strengthens the body’s immune system. This tea, if drunk consistently, will lower high blood pressure, diabetes, arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries), and other adult diseases. Feeling a little bloated? This tea is ideal for shedding a few pounds because it naturally accelerates your body’s metabolism and eliminates water retention.


Hydrangea Tea (often called Gamro Tea) comes from the hydrangea plant, which is a medicinal plant/herb that produces a naturally sweet taste. Bathing or washing up in this water will cleanse the skin and drinking this tea after eating, working out or drinking will quench one’s thirst and soothe one’s body. It has also been shown to be effective for stopping coughs, alleviation of fever and heart disease. Also used as a natural sweetening agent (an alternative for sugar), hydrangea tea will purify and refresh the head and throat.


GREEN TEA

1. Weight loss

Drinking this beverage helps you feel full, so it can curb your appetite. It may also help you burn more calories according to a study published in November, 1999, by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

2. Anti-Aging properties

Green tea is rich in the antioxidants vitamin E and C. Antioxidants destroy free radicals that damage cell membranes. Damaged cell membranes lead to diseases such as cancer, heart attacks and diabetes.

Drinking it may help relieve the suffering caused by rheumatoid arthritis. This was revealed in a study in April 1999 by researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

3. Asthma relief

Green tea contains a substance called theophylline. It’s a muscle relaxant, so it can cause the muscles supporting the bronchial tubes to relax -- thus reducing asthma’s ability to restrict normal breathing.

4. Lowers blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure, you will be more susceptible to a heart attack or stroke. Green tea may prevent the formation of blood clots which lead to heart disease and stroke.

5. Fights cancer

A team from the Mayo Clinic found that three out of four chronic leukemia patients (who were given green tea extract) seemed to experience regression of the disease. The fourth patient also showed some improvement. The doctors gave the extract a try after a 2004 test tube study of green tea revealed that leukemia cells were killed by the substance.

According to the American Cancer Society, “Green tea contains chemicals known as polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties. Catechins are the major group of polyphenols in green tea. The most important catechin seems to be epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG may cause cancer cells to die like normal cells do. It may also work by stopping new blood vessels from forming, a process called angiogenesis, thereby cutting off the supply of blood to cancer cells.”

It is interesting to note that there seem to be fewer cancer deaths in Japan than in the United States. Could it be because citizens there drink a lot of green tea?

6. May lower cholesterol

Studies have shown that this drink may help lower cholesterol with no side effects. By lowering cholesterol, the body receives help in fighting heart disease and stroke as well.

7. Guards against infections

In April of 2003 the New York Times reported that its extract has the ability to strengthen the immune system’s ability to fight disease. Microbiologist Milton Schiffenbauer, professor at Pace University (New York) stated, “Our research shows tea extracts can destroy the organism that causes disease. If we can stimulate the immune system and at the same time we are destroying the organisms then it makes sense to drink more tea.”

Green tea treats sunburn, strained eyes, blemishes, rashes and minor cuts because of its antiseptic properties.

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