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Bigelow Tea Reports On Penn State Research That Says Green Tea May Keep Your Mouth Safe From Certain Forms Of Cancer

bigelow-tea-green-tea-muugYes, Bigelow Tea in a big mug can warm your hands and the aroma is simply delicious for your nose … but it’s the mouth that really gets to enjoy Bigelow Tea. Outside of sipping Bigelow Tea’s rich flavors, there’s news that Green Tea may actually keep your mouth safe from some forms of cancer!

A new 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.”

Amazing, right?! So, in addition to tasting good, keeping you warm and making special memories, Bigelow Green Tea might keep your mouth healthy. Another reason to proudly enjoy Bigelow Tea!

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!


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!

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.

How My Mother Dealt With Cancer Treatment Through a Healthy Diet

A little over a year ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. With the help of quick-working surgeons and a wonderful oncologist, she was able to have a lumpectomy 30 days after her original diagnosis and began her chemotherapy a few days before Christmas.

My mother is a very intelligent and strong woman. She knew that she was heading into some tougher times, but she knew those times would be dealt with much easier if she had the proper tools. Her massive support system was a huge aid, but she also found some helpful hints in A Dietitian’s Cancer Story. She had done a ton of reading, and had listened carefully to her oncologist regarding her diet and some things that she could do to keep her immune system strong and energy levels high. As it is constantly mentioned on this site, green tea is incredible (it’s even better when accompanied by a great antioxidant). The book seconded this and gave her a great recipe for a green tea shake, which she tried and loved. Throughout her chemotherapy, she drank a lot of tea to help boost her immune system. I can personally attest to the fact that it worked wonders.

After her chemotherapy, she had to go through radiation treatments. These treatments are notorious for draining your energy and producing a lot of fatigue if you don’t preemptively strike against that. Her doctor told her that ginseng works wonders for people going through radiation treatment. My mother took ginseng pills and drank ginseng tea a few times a week in an effort to counteract the fatigue she would get from her daily treatments. Very rarely did she ever experience any drop in energy due to her treatments and she was able to easily maintain her happy demeanor.

Overall, a combination of great doctors, great attitude, and a great diet helped her go through the invasive stage of her treatment fairly easy. She went into it scared, but very prepared and ready to take whatever came at her head on. Now that she has moved on past the extreme treatments and into the less invasive, she still continues her healthy diet and drinks a lot of tea to continue to boost her immune system as the cold season bears down on us. It also helps to have a son who writes for a tea blog and provides her with the wealth of knowledge this place has to offer.

Ross Hammond, Bigelow Tea supporter and blog writer

Green Tea Helps Battle Leukemia

Science Daily reported Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered that a component in green tea helps kill cells of the most common leukemia in the United States. Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia or CLL is a type of Leukemia in which lymphocytes in the bone marrow generate too many white blood cells invading the blood stream. It is a progressive cancer affecting older adults. The research using laboratory cell cultures showed that a component of green tea known as EGCG helped eliminate leukemia cells by blocking the communication signals they need to survive.

Leukemia cells beware…green tea is here!

Last month, we talked about tea’s positive effects on two other types of cancer: breast cancer and prostate cancer. And don’t forget about the many more reasons to drink tea.

Simple as Tea Time…Green Tea May Help Prostate Cancer

The American Association for Cancer Research and Clinical Cancer Research both reported that green tea may help slow the growth of human prostate cancer. In a study performed at University of Wisconsin-Madison, researchers demonstrated that low doses of the COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib, administered with a green tea polyphenol called pigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), can slow the growth of human prostate cancer. Their experiments were performed in cell cultures and in a mouse model for the disease.

“Celecoxib and green tea have a synergistic effect — each triggering cellular pathways that, combined, are more powerful than either agent alone,” said Hasan Mukhtar, Ph.D., professor of dermatology at the University of Wisconsin and member of Wisconsin’s Paul Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We hope that a clinical trial could lead to a preventative treatment as simple as tea time.”

Previously, we reported about Mukhtar’s prior cancer research with regard to tea in our entry “Tea Benefits Touted by USA Today”.

The Nutrient Power of the Pomegranate

Nutritionists are giving the pomegranate some well-deserved respect. For centuries the fruit has held a place of honor in the worlds of literature and religion, but it’s only been recently that evidence of its health benefits have begun to emerge in clinical studies.

In writing for LifeScript, a leading source of free, up-to-date health information, Jill Weisenberger, a registered dietician and author of several articles on nutrition, explores the many health-related attributes of this overlooked fruit. Five chief benefits stand out.

  1. Pomegranates pack a lot of nutrition, but relatively few calories. According to Weisenberger, pomegranates and their juice have an abundance of antioxidants and phytochemicals. These include compounds which are anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting.
  2. Studies suggest that the fruit promotes heart health by improving blood flow and possibly reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.
  3. Other disease-fighting properties are being uncovered relating to Alzheimer’s disease and its prevention.
  4. Osteoarthritis sufferers will be happy to hear that pomegranates may also offer relief for joint pain based on recent trials.
  5. Those fighting prostate cancer have good news in the form of renewed research efforts following an initial study. “The results were so promising that a larger study is now underway,” says Weisenberger.

The news only gets better! You can enjoy the health benefits of this nutrient-laden fruit even if you don’t care for the complications of its ‘natural packaging’ (pomegranates can be tricky to eat and easily stain). Bigelow Tea now offers Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate and Arizona Green Tea with Pomegranate and Acai (Acai is an all-natural fruit from Amazon palmberries.).

Check out these pomegranate products on the Bigelow web site and, for more details on the benefits and history of the pomegranate, view the full LifeScript article here.

More Reasons to Go for the Green! Green Tea that is…

A recent article in TODAY  provides more evidence about the benefits of green tea.  A new study, conducted at the University of Arizona, looked at the antioxidant properties of green tea.  Researchers studied 42 healthy individuals who were given four capsules of green tea extract every morning for a month.  The results were very favorable. 

Participants who began the study with the lowest levels of the detoxification enzymes known as glutathione S-transferase or GST saw the greatest results.  For these individuals, GST levels increased by 80%.  This is important because GST helps the body defend itself against toxic and cancer-causing compounds found in both a person’s genetic makeup and in the environment.

Green tea contains catechins that also contain antioxidant properties, according to dietitian Charles Lew from Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Catechins may help the free radical damage often associated with certain cancers and cardiovascular disease.

The article goes on to cite green tea as a healthy beverage choice because it contains six times less caffeine than coffee and is virtually calorie free.  More good about the green?  Additional recent studies have also shown green tea catechins to have anti-inflammatory properties, which in turn, may help people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation and slowing cartilage breakdown.

Go for the green…green tea! 

Think Pink…Tea Intake Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Survival

Over one million women worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.  In fact, the US and the Netherlands have among the highest incidences of breast cancer.  In the US,  the National Cancer Institute estimates that 13 percent of American women will develop breast cancer during their lives.  Yet, there is good news…

Now, a new study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, provides evidence that women with diets rich in flavonoids, a class of antioxidants found in tea, red wine, soybeans, fruit ant vegetables, lowered mortality among postmenopausal U.S. breast cancer patients.  Interest in flavonoids is growing as research continues to support their cancer-fighting potential.  Additional studies are underway to examine whether increased breast cancer survival associated with flavonoids applies to age groups.

Think pink and drink tea…