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Cancer Research Update From Bigelow Tea

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Cancer—how it’s diagnosed, treated and perceived—has come a long way. Decades ago, people barely spoke about the “C word,” while today there’s an open dialogue about cancer prevention and treatment. Unfortunately, the odds are still good that you or someone you’re close to has had to deal with some form of cancer. So, today brew a cup of Bigelow Tea and read here about some of the research that indicates that tea may protect the body from some cancers.

A 2010 study of more than 500 people adds to growing evidence suggesting the beverage has anti-cancer powers. In the study, smokers and non-smokers who drank at least a cup a day cut their lung cancer risk significantly, a US cancer research conference heard. The protection was greatest for people carrying certain genes. But cancer experts said the findings did not change the fact that smoking is bad for health.

An earlier study indicated that tea drinkers have an approximately 42% reduced risk of colon cancer compared to non-tea drinkers. In that same study, men who drank more than 1.5 cups of tea per day were found to have a 70% lower colon cancer risk. Another study led researchers to the conclusion that hot black tea consumption was associated with a significantly lower risk of the most common form of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma. And still another study, this one from 2003, indicated that women who consumed the equivalent of 2.5 cups of tea per day had a 60% reduction in rectal cancer risk, compared with women who drank less than 1.2 cups of tea daily.

Living a healthy lifestyle by eating right, exercising, applying sunscreen and getting routine physicals and checks for common cancers are just some of the things everyone can do to help prevent, or diagnose, cancer. So, take the advice of the experts: take a walk, wear a wide brimmed hat, nibble a carrot, brew some tea … and enjoy life!

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The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition.

Bigelow is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

Bigelow Tea Doesn’t Skip a Beat on Being Heart Healthy

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For 70 years, the Bigelow Tea family has put their hearts into blending their quality teas. Now in February, American Heart Month, it’s time to get to the heart of another matter: being heart healthy. During a month that also includes Wear Red Day and Women’s Heart Week, Bigelow Tea wants to make sure that fellow tea drinkers don’t skip a beat on learning more about heart disease.

Though heart disease can impact both males and females, the American Heart Association cites it as remaining the leading cause of death for 1 in 3 women each year. So along with getting the facts, be sure to maintain a healthy diet with regular exercise.

Medical studies have shown that tea could help your ticker and can serve as a good beverage option for watching daily sugar intake! In fact, Bigelow Tea “hearts” @jasonmattick for tweeting about turning to Bigelow’s English Teatime as a way to give up soda. Way to go, Jason!

So during the rest of February, and long after, keep your heart healthy and drink some Bigelow Tea.

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The tea kettle can be an important tool in your fight against a cold or flu

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Who doesn’t love a steaming mug of Bigelow Tea on a cold January day during Hot Tea Month? Yes, that aroma, that taste, that warm sensation … it’s amazing what tea can do to boost your mood and change your day! And, if you happen to have a cold–or even the flu—put that kettle on ASAP!

Sore throat? Tea can also soothe a sore throat.  Sip soothing and satisfying Green Tea with Lemon and a little bit of honey.

Need rest? Brew a relaxing herbal variety like Chamomile MintA good night’s sleep is key to recovery—and chamomile is widely believed to have a calming and relaxing effect.

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Want to clear those sinuses? A stronger blend like American Breakfast Black Tea will do the trick. Let that steam waft and breathe in deeply. Between the steam and the caffeine, you’ll be up and running in no time.

Last month the Bigelow Tea blog posted several studies that showed drinking black tea might improve the body’s defenses and that drinking tea can activate immune cells and boosted the immune system. And U.S. News & World Report offered three frugal ways to stay healthy this time of year: (1) Wash & Sanitize; (2) Rest; (3) Drink Tea!

So brew your favorite Bigelow Tea now … and stay well!

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Rethink your Drink During Diet Resolution Week And Throughout 2015!

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As the New Year rings in a fresh start, put the champagne glasses away and get the tea mugs out! Bigelow Tea thinks last week’s Diet Resolution Week is a great time for tea fans to get fit, get healthy and “Rethink your Drink”!  Taking small steps—like drinking Bigelow Green Tea and staying hydrated—is the best way to adopt positive lifestyle changes!

Bigelow Tea knows that minor adjustments such as eating more fruits and veggies, daily exercise and staying active can make a big difference. Staying hydrated is important too. And of course tea can be a healthy and flavorful part of any diet. It’s zero calories and it’s also gluten-free! Bigelow Tea has so many varieties and flavors, ranging from herbal to strong black tea like American Breakfast. There’s also Organic Green Tea, which @iamanitamarie praises for its many pluses on Instagram. And don’t forget our delicious seasonal and holiday teas are a good substitution for high calorie desserts.

To brew up additional support for getting healthy, the Bigelow Tea family found a few motivational posts from celebrity tea drinkers. Demi Lovato tweeted that she is working out and “just killed a 90 minute cycling class.”

Share your New Year’s resolution with Bigelow Tea!

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Bigelow Tea Highlights Tea Related Research About Neurological Decline

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If you’ve had some “senior moments” lately, you’re not alone! Age-related declines in memory and cognition occur naturally. But Bigelow Tea has found research that suggests that factors such as diet and exercise may help slow the progression of neurological decline.

If you love tea—and who doesn’t?—drink up! A published long-term study of nearly 30,000 adults found that drinking three or more cups of tea per day was associated with a 69% reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. In addition, according to research presented at the 2007 Scientific Symposium on Tea and Health, theanine, an amino acid that is for the most part uniquely found in tea (green and black), may help prevent age-related memory decline. This human-based data is supported by  animal studies utilizing theanine.

Another study in 2013 shows that green tea may someday be a potent weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. And a different study suggests that green tea extract may enhance the brain’s “effective connectivity.” In other words, it may improve the flow of information from one part of the brain to another. This could lead to improved cognitive functioning, including better working memory!

With all of the varieties of Green Tea and Black Tea that Bigelow Tea has to offer, having a few cups a day will never get dull! So whether you’re “young at heart” or “older and wiser,” don’t forget to sip some Bigelow Tea before you take your daily walk, fill out the crossword puzzle and eat your veggies! It’s a simple way to enjoy life and, perhaps, to stave off more senior moments!

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.
Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition.
Bigelow Tea is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow Tea provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

Bigelow Tea Prepares For Cold & Flu Season

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Like chicken noodle soup, a hot mug of Bigelow Tea just makes you feel better when you’re suffering from a cold or the flu. The warmth, the aroma and the enticing flavor of tea can really soothe you from the inside out! So, as cold & flu season approaches, share your favorite “sick day” Bigelow Tea option!

Do you prefer a nice, low-key herbal blend like fragrant Peppermint Or perhaps your choice is a green tea such as the invigorating “Constant Comment”® Green. Alternatively, do you want that traditional black tea boost from a cup of Earl Grey? And zesty Lemon Ginger Herbal Plus Probiotics is delicious and good for your digestion. Really, you can’t go wrong with whatever variety you choose!

Of course, the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the best way to reduce the chances of getting the flu. But Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the USA, recommends consuming plenty of fluids especially hot tea. “Hot tea soothes the throat and warms the body on chilly winter days, and it can promote relaxation.” And some research findings report that drinking black tea might improve the body’s defenses and quicken the response to bacteria and viruses. One study indicated that drinking tea activated immune cells and boosted the immune system!

So, drink up! Here’s to a healthy cold & flu season!

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition.

Bigelow is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

Talking About Matters Of The Heart With Bigelow Tea

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If you “heart” tea, you’ll also be happy to hear that your actual (beating!) heart loves it too! Yes, research suggests that tea may be good for your heart. Bigelow Tea is always checking out the latest research about tea and health—and here’s some interesting news about tea and your ticker!

In a large population based study, adults who drank just over two cups of green tea per day reduced their risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 22-23%. Additionally, a 2003 US Department of Agriculture study found that participants who drank five cups of black tea per day along with a diet moderately low in fat and cholesterol reduced their LDL cholesterol by about 11% after three weeks. Click here for additional heart health tea facts!

So brew some Bigelow “Constant Comment”® and comment to your friends on Twitter, like @CaspDaGhost, who tweeted that he is “starting to #drink #tea #everyday” for #healthyliving! Don’t you just love it when people tell you that things you already enjoy doing—like taking brisk walks and sipping Bigelow Tea—might be good for you too? Drink up! #IHeartBigelowTea

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition. Bigelow is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

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Tea’s Benefits Get Our Attention At Bigelow Tea

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There’s so much to love about Bigelow Tea, and tea in general! The taste, the aroma, the soothing nature of just sipping this wonderful beverage. On top of all that, there’s often good news to report on how tea can make you feel better too! Bigelow Tea loves to find studies that talk about the benefits of drinking tea, and we wanted to share some of that information today. We’ve shared studies before about tea and metabolism, tea and your immune system, and even about tea and beauty. Today we wanted to share some research about tea and your brain!

If you sip tea and think it helps you focus, you might just be right! A 2008 study examined the affect of the unique tea amino acid L-theanine on attention-related task performance. Task performance was measured by electroencephalographic (EEG), or the measurement of electrical activity produced by the brain as recorded from electrodes placed on the scalp. The results suggest L-theanine plays a role in attentional processing in synergy with caffeine! Another study of nearly 30,000 Finnish adults aged 25 to 74 years old, who were followed for 13 years, found that tea drinking was associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease. Among tea drinkers, those who reported drinking three or more cups of tea per day were 69% less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease compared to those who reported not drinking tea.

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So, what’s not to love? Whether it’s English Breakfast in the morning or Vanilla Chai with a treat after lunch, tea is definitely our beverage of choice! When you pour yourself a steaming cup of Bigelow Tea, not only will you enjoy its fabulous taste … but you just might be doing a good thing for your body and mind too as all of the studies have said!

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Iced Tea Month With A June Sweepstakes!

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Iced Tea? Lemonade? There’s no need to choose just one when you can have our Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade plus our Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade with Pomegranate! Enter the Bigelow Tea June sweepstakes for your chance to be among the 20 lucky winners to receive one box of each flavor. That’s 12 quarts of delicious refreshment to get your summer off to the right start!

These lightly sweetened iced tea and lemonade blends have been a huge hit with consumers, who appreciate the classic flavor combination with natural sweeteners packaged in convenient, quart-size tea bags. The Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade Twin Pack is a fantastic way to try both flavors. Indulge in the taste of rich black tea and sweet lemonade the way it should be enjoyed—fresh brewed! It takes just minutes to make and has only 10 to 15 calories per glass. Perfection!

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Your Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade Twin Pack contains the following: One box of Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade and one box of Half Iced Tea and Half Lemonade with Pomegranate. Each box has six quart-size tea bags to make a total of 12 quarts.

To enter, “like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!) and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. The sweepstakes ends on June 28. Be sure to check our Bigelow Tea blog for the names of the 20 lucky winners. Good luck … and here’s to a summer of fun and sweet refreshment!

 

Bigelow Tea Would Like Us All To Be Aware Of Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac Disease, a digestive condition triggered by consuming the protein gluten, is starting to become less of a mystery … and doctors are more accurately diagnosing it in the 1 out of 150 people who suffer from its symptoms. Thanks to awareness campaigns like October’s Celiac Awareness Month, knowledge of the disease is growing. At Bigelow Tea we are keenly aware of Celiac Disease and of those who must follow a gluten-free diet.

Interestingly, we recognized Celiac Awareness Month back in May … but we’re doing it again now! Why? It’s a bit of a long story, but it boils down to this: Canada and many European countries now promote awareness in May, but Canada used to promote it October. Because the U.S. originally followed Canada’s lead, many U.S. groups chose October to show their support. The U.S. Congress hasn’t spoken on the issue, so we’re free to raise awareness for Celiac Disease any time … and all the time!

According to the National Foundation For Celiac Awareness, “Awareness brings treatment that, in turn, brings improvement of the quality of life for those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Our goal is to reduce the time to diagnosis and, in the process, reduce the devastating impact of undiagnosed celiac disease.”

At Bigelow Tea we are doing our part to help our customers who cannot eat gluten.  All current Bigelow Teas are formulated to be gluten-free.  In addition, we have worked hard to develop some incredibly tasty recipes that are also gluten free! Consider whipping up our Mashed Acorn Squash With Apple Cider Herb or our Gluten-Free Ginger Oatmeal Muffins this fall!

So, whether it’s October or May (or any month in between), we’re always cognizant of our diets and considerate of those who need to eat gluten-free!