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Bigelow Tea Highlights Tea-Related Research About Neurological Decline

bigelow-tea-health-teaIf 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 reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. In addition, according to research presented at a 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!

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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!

Bigelow Toasts To Afternoon Teatime Traditions

bigelow-tea-teatimeOn a historical tea note, many Bigelow Tea drinkers may think of afternoon teatime as a British tradition (even though the post-lunch, pre-dinner cup and nibble has roots across numerous cultures as noted in Forbes recently). Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is the woman to thank for the traditional English teatime as we know it. In 1840, Anna started partaking in the light meal to help stave off afternoon hunger pangs in between lunch and the typically late dinner hour of the time.

Today, the quintessential afternoon tea is a common tradition in countries that were once British colonies, such as Malaysia. While the English may serve their tea with small bites and savory treats, Malaysians, for example, enjoy delicacies such as yam cake or prawn fritters with their steaming cup which also sounds delicious!

Another fact that tea neophytes may also be interested to learn is that afternoon tea and high tea were not one and the same. While afternoon tea was a ritual for the upper classes, high tea was viewed as a filling meal of heavier foods that was strictly a working class affair.

And finally, did you know that the Japanese have enjoyed tea time even longer than the British? The culture has observed a very strict ceremony surrounding the making, serving, and drinking of tea. This ceremony dates back over a thousand years, and involves specific guidelines that make the serving of tea a beautiful art form, complete with designated wardrobe items, surrounding décor, and foods.

Of course, we always find the practice of drinking tea to be a time honored tradition to share with family and friends. Tell us- do you have any tea drinking rituals, such as a special treat or favorite flavor you can share with us?

Bigelow Tea Has Health News To Smile About

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At Bigelow Tea, the Bigelow family loves to smile … and that’s fitting because some studies are now showing that tea might be good for your teeth! The health benefits of an afternoon cup of tea have been well documented, but what you may not realize is that drinking tea can also benefit your gums and mouth overall. Here are just a few ways steeping some tea for a warm drink can improve your next dental visit.

Studies say green tea may promote healthy gums. A lower rate of gum-tissue loss and bleeding was found in those who regularly drank green tea, according to researchers at a Japanese university. The more tea subjects drank, the fewer symptoms of periodontal disease they displayed, so downing more than one cup a day could go a long way toward improving your oral health.

bigelow-tea-steepStudies also say that Green Tea may actually keep your mouth safe from some forms of cancer! A Pennsylvania State University study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food stated that green tea might kill oral cancer cells, and boost healthy ones. In the study the authors found that a compound in green tea triggers a process in the cancerous cells’ mitochondria that leads to early cell death. A previous study in 2002 found that green tea could induce cancer cell death and suggested “regular consumption of green tea could be beneficial in the prevention of oral cancer.”

Freshens breath: Research shows that drinking green tea can also help reduce bad breath. The polyphenols in the green tea modify the bad-smelling sulfur components in your mouth.

So brew that Green Tea with Lemon or that Oolong and Jasmine green tea (steep by Bigelow)—or whichever Bigelow Tea variety you prefer!—and show those pearly whites! What’s not to smile about?

How Sweet It Is, Indeed: Bigelow Tea Explores Honey!

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Calling all honey lovers! As one of the most popular sweeteners to add to a cup of Bigelow Tea, honey is rich in flavor and history. And for National Honey Month, we thought we’d explore nature’s thick, sweet, syrupy treat.

Honey has a long history – production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, and was used to sweeten different foods. The spiritual and therapeutic use of honey in ancient India is documented in Ayurveda texts, which are more than 4,000 years old. A source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, honey—particularly in its raw form—offers unique health benefits. According to research, it’s used as a natural cough suppressant, may help heal wounds and reduce allergy symptoms, and can offer a quick energy boost.

A lot of work goes into each jar of honey. To start, honey bees make honey from the nectar they collect from flowers. The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. Unfortunately, bee populations all over the country are drastically declining. Last year, experts warned that four species of bees native to Connecticut, where our headquarters are located, had disappeared from the state in the last 10 years. So we decided to take action on the bees’ behalf. Bigelow’s Green Team recently planted more flowers on our corporate property along an urban train track fence in the hopes of providing bees with a better natural habitat.

Honey adds a little sweetness to our day, so we want to make sure it’s around for many, many days to come. Add a little honey to your favorite Bigelow Tea, or try our Honey and Chamomile Vanilla Honey Herbal Tea before turning in for the night. It’s a great way to make your day that much sweeter!

The Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar Is Back On The Road For The 2016 East Coast Tour

 

bigelow-tea-mobil-tea-barLogging more than 14,000 miles and having served over 86,000 cups of tea to tea lovers across the U.S., the Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar will hit the road once again in the weeks and months ahead. Is it coming to your city?

Its first stops will be in Connecticut, home of Bigelow Tea’s headquarters which will include Bigelow Tea’s own 29th Annual Community Challenge on Sunday, September 25 in Southport, CT. Then, it’ll hit a series of street fairs, festivals and events throughout New England.

 

Scheduled 2016 East Coast Tour Dates

Sep. 22-24 – The Norwalk Boat Show, Norwalk, CT
Sep. 25 – The 29th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, Southport, CT
Oct. 2 – Chowdafest, Westport, CT
Oct 8-9 – Cranberry Harvest Festival, Wareham, MA
Oct 15-16 – 33rd Annual Oyster Festival, Long Island, NY
Oct 22-23 – Head of the Charles, Boston, MA
Oct 29-31 – Great Pubigelow-tea-teaproudlympkin Fall Festival, Clarence, NY

Try a variety of tea samples and learn about the history and culture of tea in the cozy lounge of the retrofitted 1977 Airstream trailer. Visitors will also have a photo opportunity to share a cup with “Biggie,” Bigelow Tea’s walking mug mascot. Post a photo and tag with #TeaProudly to share the fun on social media, too! Admission is free and up-to-the minute tour information can be found at http://bigelowtea.com/bigelowmobileteabar. You won’t want to miss this classic ride!

Bigelow Tea Is Bringing In The Fall Harvest Flavors

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From September to November, the autumn harvest brings a bounty of delicious produce, from pumpkins and pomegranates to apples and cranberries. And if you’re looking for the flavors of fall, look no further than Bigelow Tea. Here are a few of our favorite fall foods, along with the Bigelow Tea varieties that capture their flavors.


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Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with real pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pie! The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy and smells like autumn. For the past few years, pumpkins have been the unofficial food mascot of fall.

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Rich in history and flavor, pomegranates have been symbols of abundance, prosperity, and fertility going back thousands of years. Today, it can bring a wealth of deliciousness to your cup of tea. Bigelow Tea offers a variety of teas made with pomegranate, including Pomegranate Pizzazz® Herbal TeaGreen Tea with Pomegranate and Pomegranate Black Tea.bigelow-tea-apple-cider

Apples

When we think of fall, it’s no surprise that apples come to mind. After all, there’s apple picking, apple pie and Apple Cider Herbal Tea! With crisp apple, hibiscus, and real cinnamon, this Bigelow Tea flavor is a just-sweet-enough variety to sip throughout the season.bigelow-tea-cranberry-hibiscus

Cranberries

Tart and tangy, cranberries pop up throughout the season—most notably on the Thanksgiving table. The refreshing taste of this little berry can be found in Bigelow Tea Cranberry Hibiscus and Cranberry Apple, both of which contain real cranberry fiber. Loaded with flavor and antioxidants, it’s a cup your taste buds and your body will be thankful for.

Embrace the season by picking up your own bushel of Bigelow Tea boxes. Enjoy a cup after school or work, to start off you weekend, or to close out a day of fall fun like fruit-picking or leaf-peeping. The cozy cornucopia of flavors makes it easy to relax and appreciate the simple joy of autumn.

 

Apple image by adrianbartel via Flickr
Pumpkin image by Mike Mozart via Flickr
Pomegranate image by veggiefrog via Flickr
Cranberries image by Andrew Yee via Flickr
Pears image by torbakhopper via Flickr

Bigelow Tea: Three Generations of Family Memories

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Over 70 years ago Bigelow Tea humbly began in Ruth Campbell Bigelow’s kitchen in New York. Bigelow Tea has been a family affair since day one and continues today under the leadership of Ruth’s granddaughter, president & CEO Cindi Bigelow. Three generations of Bigelows have worked to build their family legacy and passion for tea and here are a few stories to prove it:

  • Bigelow would not be America’s #1 Specialty Tea Company today if not for the hard work Ruth, her husband David Sr., and son David Jr. put into the early days of the company. Each night David Sr. and David Jr. would sit in their Manhattan home and hand paint the two ladies on the original packaging to give it a special touch!
  • The holidays are always time for celebration at Bigelow Tea. David and Eunice Bigelow, Bigelow Tea Co-Chairs, fondly remember their two daughters Cindi and Lori helping to hand out Christmas gifts to the Bigelow Tea employees when they were young girls.  David and Eunice still have the girl’s matching black vests and red skirts!
  • While Cindi and Lori Bigelow were young, Eunice Bigelow stayed at home but still conducted all of the tea tastings from her kitchen. Cindi remembers coming home from school to dozens of cups in the kitchen filled with the day’s varieties to taste. It’s no wonder Cindi grew up dreaming about working at Bigelow Tea one day!
  • Nothing could keep Cindi from planning and hosting the first ever Bigelow Tea Community Challenge twenty five years ago. This was the only race that Cindi has ever run in and a day she will never forget. Bigelow Tea has donated almost a million dollars to charity since the inaugural race in 1988.

These memories are important building blocks in the Bigelow Tea company history. For over 70 years the family has been passionate about tea and continues to be personally involved in every aspect of running the company, quality and care we can taste in every cup of Bigelow tea!

Kick Start Your Day with Bigelow English Breakfast Tea

bigelow-tea-english-breakfast-teaThere’s nothing better than waking up to a whistling kettle of Bigelow English Breakfast tea where we use only the finest hand-picked black tea leaves from high elevations to create this iconic blend. The end result is a full-bodied, smooth cup of tea that can stand up to milk and sugar or be enjoyed simply on its own! And don’t let the name fool you, English Breakfast can be sipped and enjoyed any time of day!

For many, English Breakfast is a staple in many households and restaurants all over the world, so where exactly did the name “English Breakfast” actually come from? One would assume it bigelow-tea-english-breakfast-black-teacame from England, but it actually traces back, some say, to Colonial times in America. We love that as Bigelow Tea itself is a third-generation, family-owned American company!

With such a long history, it’s no wonder English Breakfast has a passionate fan following! Facebook fans Vicki Erskine LangstaffPatricia Kay Buente Weigand, and Debbie Berenz all say Bigelow English Breakfast is their favorite blend. Victor from Texas even switched his 2-3 cups of morning coffee for one cup of Bigelow English Breakfast! Now that’s a compliment…happy tea drinking everyone!

Apples Are A Top Pick For Bigelow Tea

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This month, it’s all about the apple for Bigelow Tea! As one of the most flavorful fruits around, apples are packed with fiber and nutrients and are absolutely delicious. It’s no wonder Bigelow Tea adds real apple pieces to several flavors—it’s the perfect treat to enjoy all year ‘round.

With over 7,500 varieties, apples are grown throughout the world. In America, apples are the most popular fruit second only to the banana, and the longest-lived apple tree was reportedly planted in 1647 by Peter Stuyvesant in his Manhattan orchard (the Big Apple!). Today, the apple symbolizes a number of things—knowledge, the beginning of a school year, and autumn. It also represents good health or healthy food choices. After all, we’ve all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

biogelow-tea-seasonal-teaAccording to the website of Dr. Joseph Mercola (an alternative medicine physician), apples are high in antioxidants and may impact your health in a number of ways. Research suggests that eating apples may play a role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Talk about a powerhouse of a fruit!

Can’t get to the orchard? Bigelow Tea offers three caffeine-free herbal tea flavors made with apples: Cinnamon Apple Herbal TeaCranberry Apple Herbal Tea and Apple Cider Herbal Tea. With real apple pieces and the Bigelow expert blend of quality spices, you’ll be sure to enjoy the whole bunch.

Whether you’re sipping apple-flavored tea or snacking on the fruit itself, it’s the perfect time of year to celebrate (and savor) this tasty and traditional fruit.

Begin Your Day With Breakfast And Bigelow Tea

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Often described as the most important meal of the day, a hearty breakfast gives you energy and fuel to get through your to-do list. And what better way to begin the day than with a well-balanced meal and a mug of Bigelow Tea? In fact, research suggests that breakfast is linked to several health benefits, including weight control and improved mental performance. Here are a few reasons to rise and shine to a healthy meal.

It may help keep your weight down

Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that those who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers. One theory suggests that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day, thus promoting healthier food choices at other meals.

Eating breakfast might improve your mental performance

Research involving adults and children has indicated that breakfast might enhance memory, attention, the speed of processing information, reasoning, creativity, learning, and verbal abilities. Plus, according to a study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, eating breakfast may improve cognitive performance, test scores and achievement scores in students, especially in younger children. Start the school day off on the right foot with a vegetable omelet, whole-wheat toast and a cup of Bigelow Tea. After all, a study published in Psychopharmacology, suggests that tea may also lead to improved cognitive functioning, including better working memory.

Having breakfast may lower cholesterol levels

Research done by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that people who skip breakfast gain weight, which can lead to diabetes as well as high cholesterol and blood pressure—all of which can raise your risk of heart disease. May we suggest a bowl of oatmeal coupled with a mug of Bigelow Tea green tea? According to research done by the American Dietetic Association, green tea may also lower cholesterol levels.

Breakfast may help give you strength and endurance

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), people who ate breakfast were more physically active during the morning than those who didn’t. That might be because a temporary increase in blood sugar gave them more energy.

bigelow tea american breakfastEating breakfast might put you in a better mood

In addition to cognitive benefits, studies also report that those who eat breakfast start their day in a better mood. And we don’t know about you, but a cup of tea always puts us in a better mood! Bigelow’s black teas, like American Breakfast and Spiced Chai, have a boost of caffeine that will kick start your day.

As if you needed another reason, there are just so many delicious options—both for breakfast choices and for Bigelow Tea flavors. So pick out your favorite and start your day right.