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Green Tea Helps Control High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a dangerous medical condition that currently affects over 65 million Americans, and up to 1 billion people worldwide. High blood pressure kills about 50,000 Americans every year, and contributes to 75% of allstrokes which is the #3 killer in the U.S. today. Dire statistics, but it is good to know that daily consumption of green tea can help. While it’s true that many studies have concluded that Green tea consumption is associated with overall reducedmortality, what about specifically controlling high blood pressure and strokes?

In several studies, over 8 years, researchers in Taiwan discovered 65% lower risk of high blood pressure for men and women who drank at least 20 ounces (600 ml.) of green or oolong tea daily for at least a year. Other results have shown that a daily green tea regime helps prevent artery constriction, which forces the blood pressure to rise, thus protecting against strokes caused by high blood pressure.

The Archives of Internal Medicine reported another study of 550 men that revealed that drinking almost 5 cups of tea per day reduced the likelihood of stroke by 69 percent. Add a little lemon to your tea, and the results are even more dramatic. Good to know that daily enjoyment of tea, as part of a healthy lifestyle, helps control blood pressure and can help prevent stroke, as well as other healthful benefits. So enjoy that healthy, calming cup of tea, a well deserved break for both brain and body.

Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Men’s Health Month

Bigelow Tea celebrates Men's Health Month

Image courtesy of the Men’s Health Network.

Why are women 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men? This startling statistic, from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is exactly why a national Men’s Health Month is so important. June is Men’s Health Month, celebrated across the country through health fairs, media appearances and other health outreach activities. Men’s Health Month heightens awareness of preventable health problems, encouraging early detection and treatment of disease. Men — it’s a great opportunity to take a look at your health and wellness. 

Bigelow Tea makes a number of delicious and healthful teas. The numerous health benefits of tea have been examined on our Bigelow Tea Blog for years, from fighting the flu to keeping a healthy heart. One prominent health issue is stress and hypertension, which continues to grow for men  from 26.4% in 1992, to 31.8% in 2006 — the most recent CDC stats. Bigelow Tea to the rescue — your stress reliever! Green tea is rich in an amino acid commonly known as L-theanine; one of the unique properties of L-theanine is its ability to induce relaxation and stress relief.

For more information on Men’s Health Month, see the Men’s Health Network (MHN) a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men and their families with health prevention messages, screening programs, education and patient advocacy and navigation. MHN is a nonprofit organization with a board of advisors of over 800 physicians, and it receives the highest 4 stars rating from Charity Navigator.

So take a little time to look at your health and wellness in June, and as you do remember to enjoy that extra cup or two of Bigelow Tea. Here’s to your health!

Drinking More Tea Reduces Breast Cancer Risk in Youths

A new study done in the U.S. has shown that an increased intake of tea can help greatly reduce the chance of breast cancer in young women. As the article states, “The threat of another type of tumour, affecting the lobes deep inside the breast tissue, was cut by two thirds.” While studies have been done in the past that connected tea drinking with decreased risk of cancer, this particular study focused greatly on the younger age groups and, hopefully, will garner attention to reveal a simple preventative measure.

What the researchers have discovered is that the polyphenols found in the tea are responsible for this reduction of breast cancer risk.  Most teas contain high amounts of these polyphenols, which have shown to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure as well reduce the risk of cancer.

You can browse our great tea selection here.

Tea & Chocolate: Chemicals May Boost Cognitive Brain Performance

Can it be true? All that great Bigelow Tea AND your favorite chocolate treat might actually help you finally complete that New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle! These are the findings of a new study by the University of Oxford’s Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. Working with colleagues in Norway, the researcher’s findings show a strong correlation between tea and chocolate and enhanced cognitive performance. The team of researchers examined the relation between cognitive performance and the intake of common foodstuffs that contain flavonoids — including chocolate and tea.

The study looked at 2,031 people, aged between 70 and 74; participants filled in information about their typical food habits, and underwent a battery of cognitive tests. Those who regularly consumed chocolate or tea had significantly better average scores and higher cognitive performance. The team’s results, originally published in the Journal of Nutrition, looked at the role played by beverages such as tea, as it is a major dietary source of polyphenols.

Although the team cautions that more research is needed, these exciting findings support earlier research about polyphenols, and reinforce that tea and chocolate are a great match. The results of the Oxford study also support the results from a previously published study in the Journal of Neuroscience that concluded it may be possible to boost memory and cognitive ability with a plant compound called epicatechin which is also found in food and drinks — including tea. Sounds like it’s time to put the pot on!

May is National Women’s Health Care Month: Time To Celebrate A Healthier You!

Flowers bloom, the days get longer and warmer, and the urge to stop and smell the roses becomes stronger. Call it spring fever, but maybe it’s Mother Nature’s way of reducing stress! May is Women’s Health Care Month, the perfect time to honor women and their health. The 10th annual National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day, May 10th and runs to May 16th.

National Women's Health Week is celebrating 10 years.National Women's Health Week

National Women’s Health Week is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH); it empowers women to make their health a top priority. With the theme “It’s Your Time,” the nationwide initiative encourages women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, happier life. So, enjoy that cup of green tea for an extra 60 seconds, and soak up all the benefits nature has to offer!

During National Women’s Health Week, communities, businesses, government, and health organizations, work together to educate women, on how to improve physical and mental health. This is the time to encourage the women in your life to focus on their own health.

OWH suggestions for better health:

    A good night’s sleep can be a challenge with busy schedules; consider adding chamomile tea to your end of day routine, to unwind and be ready for sleep.

    National Women’s Checkup Day is Monday, May 11th and the online eight-week Women and Girls Out Moving Across the Nation (WOMAN) Challenge runs from May 10th to July 4th.

    It’s National Smile Month. Got Tea?

    Bigelow Tea promotes dental health.

    Compliments of the British Dental Health Foundation.

    Yes — it’s National Smile Month 2009, designed to highlights the links between oral health with overall body health. The 2009 campaign, sponsored in part with Oral Health America, is spreading the message that your general health is directly impacted by some very simple measures; from brushing twice a day to cutting down on sugary drinks.

    Tooth decay and is one of the most common of all medical disorders — second only to the common cold! Tooth decay and cavities are a fact of life and can affect all of us, so it’s gratifying to know that your daily Bigelow Tea regime is a valuable tool in combating tooth decay, as it naturally contains fluoride. The value of water fluoridation for the prevention of tooth decay has been “unquestionably demonstrated”, says the American Dietetic Association.

    International Dental Health Foundation

    Additionally, brewed tea also supply varying amounts of fluoride to the diet. The level of fluoride varies with the type of tea and the fluoride content of the water. Material featured previously on our Bigelow Tea Blog and on WebMD shows us that tea also helps to fight a variety of oral bacteria, including those causing strep throat. And if that’s not enough to make your mouth smile, remember that the polyphenols, the antioxidant plant compound that’s in both black and green teas, helps prevent plaque from adhering to your teeth and reduces your chances of developing cavities and gum disease. So continue to add Bigelow Tea to your daily efforts to take care of your teeth, your overall health, and that great smile!

    The Pleasures of Pomegranate — and it’s Really Good for Us, Too!

    Bigelow pomegranate teas

    Image courtesy of Phytochemicals.info.

    For centuries, people have been enjoying the succulent taste of pomegranate. Native to Persia, this exotic fruit has been used as a medicinal tonic to both heal and prevent certain illnesses. It’s amazing that Pomegranate, around since the beginning of time, has only risen to superstar status in recent years!

    Bigelow Tea knows firsthand that we’re more health-conscious than ever. Medical research reports are cropping up everywhere, espousing the multiple health benefits of pomegranate.  Studies confirm that the antioxidants found in pomegranate can significantly contribute to the prevention and treatment of certain life-threatening diseases, such as prostate cancer. Other clinical trials have determined that the high level of polyphenols contained in pomegranate can help to reduce bad cholesterol levels. In the practice of alternative medicine, pomegranate extract is being used to treat chronic inflammatory conditions, like arthritis.

    Bottom line: pomegranate is great for us.  As we embrace organic foods like pomegranate, we are finding inventive ways to incorporate them in our own food and libation rituals. Whether beginning the day with a relaxing cup of Green Tea with Pomegranate, sipping some refreshing Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea in the afternoon, or gathering with friends to drink Pomegranate Cosmopolitans at cocktail hour, it’s all good.

    At the end of the day, we are giving our health and well-being the respect it deserves. In doing so we nourish our body, mind and soul. Speaking of mind and soul, what better way to erase the stresses of the day than to brew a pot of Organic Green Tea with Pomegranate & Acai and curl up with a good book? Here’s to healthy living!

    Smile! Tea is Better for Those Pearly Whites

    Perhaps the least surprising thing you’ll hear all day is that soda and acidic fruit juice aren’t exactly good for your teeth. More specifically, the two damage the enamel on your teeth in a way that will eventually result in long-term damage, requiring the intervention of a dentist to address the issue.

    However, as this blog is notorious for revealing, tea comes to the rescue yet again. A study done in November 2008 showed that while acidic drinks erode teeth quickly, tea does about as much damage as tap water. The article “claims that more regular intake of acidic drinks can therefore lead to increasing need for treatment, particularly in older consumers, who may face increased expenses as a result.”

    Researchers used orange juice, soda, green tea and black tea in the tests. Their findings revealed that “soda was found to have resulted in greater cusp tip height reduction” and “the fruit-based drink proved to have led to higher levels of cervical enamel loss.” When the results from the tea test came back, they found that tea eroded enamel less than half as much as either soda or orange juice.

    So, next time think twice about what you’ll be pouring into a glass. Take a look in the mirror, smile, and grab the tea. Not to mention that if you grab either green or black tea you’ll be treating yourself to an amazing amount of health benefits as well.  Seems like a no-brainer.

    Bigelow Tea Celebrates World Health Day 2009

    Photo courtesy of SEARO World Health Organization

    “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
    —Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Yes, it does take a village. As natural disasters tax our resources, we — the global community — must be prepared to respond to emergency situations quickly, safely and compassionately. That’s why this year’s World Health Day focus is:  “Save Lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies.” As public health arm for the United Nations, the World Health Organization passionately supports its goal to raise awareness of this global initiative. The goal is to ensure that healthcare facilities, services and personnel are trained and prepared to respond in emergencies and that communities around the world actively participate in this effort.

    At Bigelow Tea, giving back to the community and contributing to worthy local and national causes is part of our corporate culture. At our core is the desire to make a difference, like forging alliances with tea gardens in Asia-Pacific regions with sustainable farming practices, who — like Bigelow Tea — treat workers and their families with dignity and respect. It’s by promoting environmental sustainability with a new selection of organic teas, and by utilizing biodegradable or recyclable tea packaging: Bigelow Tea is making a difference.

    As citizens of the world, we face many challenges, natural and man-made. Still, there is great hope, and it doesn’t take much to put a smile on the face of a mother and her child. Just a little compassion and the willingness to help.

    Woman Thwarts Robbery with a Cup of Tea (was it Bigelow Tea?)

    “Women are like tea bags, they don’t know how strong they are until they get into hot water.”
    —Eleanor Roosevelt (More quotes about tea)

    The heroic actions of this female shopkeeper certainly would have made Mrs. Roosevelt proud.

    On December 11th, Varsh Patel, 45, found herself in hot water when two knife-wielding men attempted to rob her store in Kensworth, England.

    Patel, was about to take her first sip of [tea] when two men wearing balaclavas burst in to her village store armed with 10-inch blades and made a grab for the till.

    Reacting swiftly, she hurled the steaming tea into the face of one assailant and then threw the empty mug at his companion’s head…The two shocked thieves fled the shop.

    Police praised the decisive action of Mrs. Patel.

    Jodi Picoult (The best-selling author who wrote five issues of Wonder Woman in 2007) could not have penned a better script.

    The Robbery was thwarted, but the assailants escaped. Perhaps Tom the Tea Super Hero will bring them to justice.

    The link between tea and acts of heroism is uncanny, and inspiring.