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Green Tea Helps You Get In Shape!

Are you ready to bare it all at the beach, or at the gym this summer? Maybe you should grab some Green Tea, to quench your thirst and help you look your best. You can enjoy the health benefits, great taste – and even the convenience with the new Bigelow Tea Organic Iced Teas!

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Of course weight training can help you keep your abs flat, while whole grain products and Green Tea have been shown to reduce your risk of cancer, but did you know that the catechins in Green Tea can increase metabolism?

It’s no wonder that in a recent study about healthy drinks that Green Tea was named one of the best for you. If you’re wondering what drinks to avoid, check out the 20 unhealthiest drinks in America, but you won’t find Green Tea on that list!

Whether you need a cool refreshing drink, or a relaxing moment with a hot cup of tea, Bigelow Tea has calorie free Green Tea to help you –  hot, fresh brewed, organic, iced and ready to drink!

More Good News on Green Tea in Fighting Prostate Cancer

We have mentioned several reports on the healthful benefits of Green Tea, covering a range of conditions including heart disease, cancer and even dementia. We are happy to see that scientists as well as Tea Lovers are taking these health benefits to heart! Now, new research published in the US journal Cancer Prevention Research, finds that a chemical found in green tea appears to slow the progression of prostate cancer.

In this study, Philadelphia-based researchers tested a compound called Polyphenon E., and results pointed to a significant decline in certain biomarkers – molecules that are indicators of developing cancer. Dr James Cardelli, from the Prostate Cancer Charity who led the study, said that this Polyphenon E. compound “may have the potential to lower the incidence and slow the progression of prostate cancer.”

John Neate, chief executive of the Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “The results of this study suggest that there is merit in further research into the effects of extracts of green tea…on the prevention of prostate cancer and in controlling progression in men already diagnosed with the disease.”

More research includes another clinical study, recently reported at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.  Research leader Saverio Bettuzzi, Ph.D. stated “Numerous earlier studies, including ours, have demonstrated july-teacupthat green tea catechins…inhibited cancer cell growth in laboratory models.” Bettuzzi explained, “We wanted to conduct a clinical trial to find out whether catechins could prevent cancer in men. The answer clearly is yes.”

At Bigelow Tea, we believe in the simple and healthful powers of Green tea, and there’s one area of research that we all to take part in – and that’s a great cup of tea to start your day or take a well deserved break.

Here’s to your health!

Just the TEA facts, please!

As the most widely consumed beverage in the world other than water, tea can still be a mystery to some people.

Tea is steeped in many traditions and legends and the history of tea is quite fascinating – but the Western World may still be playing catch up with the east on many things tea. For instance, it wasn’t until 1905 that the tea plant received its official Latin name, Camellia sinensis. Many western scientists at the time were not aware that Black, Green, Oolong and White tea production all came from this single tea plant.

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Image courtesy of plantoftheweek.org

One of the biggest misconceptions about tea is the caffeine levelwhich is less than half that of coffee. Add to that all the heath benefits in tea, plus the fact that tea contains no sodium, fat, carbonation, sugar and is virtually calorie-free, and you don’t have to be able to read the tea leaves to see all the advantages of enjoying your tea.

Here are some more interesting tea facts for you, while you wait for the pot to boil:

  • On any given day, about half of the American population drinks tea. On a regional basis, the South and Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.
  • The tea plant Camellia sinensis can grow over 30 feet in height, but most tea plantations keep the plant trimmed to about waist-height so the leaves can be plucked easily at harvest time.
  • It was actually Dutch traders who were the first to bring tea to the West in the early 1600s, and it quickly became an important staple of trade for many countries.
  • And yes, it is true that the only tea plantation in North America is Bigelow’s Charleston Tea Plantation, located on Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston, South Carolina!

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Charleston Tea Plantation

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.

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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.

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    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!

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    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!