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Bigelow Tea Thinks Pink During October


October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Bigelow Tea is proud to “think pink” and commemorate the countless women, men and families who have been impacted by the disease. While we honor survivors, patients, and those who are no longer with us, we also pay tribute to advances made in medical research and patient care over the past three decades.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, with the exception of skin cancers. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and according to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a way for medical professionals, service organizations and government agencies to collaborate to promote breast cancer awareness, share information about the disease and provide greater access to services.

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to put a plan in place to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. This October—and every month—make the commitment to take the steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. A few of the steps that are key for early detection include mammograms, clinical breast exams and monthly breast self-exams. Habits that can help reduce your risk are maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption.

bigelow-tea-breast-cancer-awareness-pinkIn Bigelow Tea’s home state of Connecticut, the rate of incidence of breast cancer is among the highest in the nation. That’s just one of the many reasons why we’re so passionate to promote breast cancer awareness and early detection. This year, we are a proud sponsor of the Pink Pledge, a month-long, community-wide effort to raise funds for the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, which provides medical excellence, compassionate care and lifesaving programs to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. On October 1, we were at the Pink Pledge kickoff event, which included a Stroll for Strength — a walk by survivors, family members and supporters — and ceremony that culminated in the activation of pink street lights in downtown Fairfield, Conn.

Join us in recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise a cup to those working so hard to put an end to this prolific disease.

Top and bottom images provided by Pink Pledge.

Apples Are A Top Pick For Bigelow Tea

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.

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!

Top image by lavender_wolf via Instagram

Tea Bags and Health: the Sachet’s Cachet

It’s time to pay the ubiquitous tea bag a lot more respect! Not only does a Bigelow Tea tea bag brew an exceptional cup of tea, but the hard working sachet is surprisingly versatile. Before you compost used tea bags, they can be used for a variety of purposes, from art to post-operative care.

For example, used tea bags are well suited to easing eye pain and puffiness. Place two used tea bags in the refrigerator so they will be nice and cool. (You can prepare tea bags up to two days in advance so they’ll be ready when you are.) Lie down and place one tea bag on each eye. Relax for 10-15 minutes, turning the tea bags once. The redness and eye strain will disappear. (You may have a bit of a tea stain, however, so don’t forget to rinse your face with cool water.) Repeat often for best results.

Meanwhile, an unused tea bag can be used to staunch bleeding after a wisdom tooth extraction. Place a moistened tea bag over the affected area and bite for 30 minutes, repeating once, if necessary. Black tea works best; it’s the tannic acid that contracts the blood vessels and helps to form a clot.

Tea bags can also be used to sooth sunburned skin, relieve pain from an injection, sooth razor burn, etc. You can even add tea bags to your bath to soothe and soften your skin. In addition, tea bags have even been used to make dresses and create art.

Despite some debate about who invented the tea bag, (most sources say that it was tea importer Thomas Sullivan, who in 1908 started spooning tea into silk bags to use as samples) people have been using them creatively since their inception.

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!

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.

Tea Sales Rise to Boiling Point!

Tea imports in the US are projected to climb 7 percent in 2009 — representing 17 million more pounds of tea than in the previous year. People are responding to numerous reports of the health benefits of tea, says the Tea Association of the U.S.A. “Tea enjoys positive imagery regarding its contributions to health, versus other beverages,” said association president Joe Simrany, reported Reuters. All the positive reports on tea — and we have seen them for years — continue to help grow sales. Of course, tea provides more than just health benefits; the buzz on tea grows because it’s the perfect beverage for any situation, and every day. People respond to Bigelow Tea because of its delicious simplicity.

Constant Comments, our Bigelow Tea Blog, has been sharing numerous reports about the growing appreciation for tea for years now. Comments range from the continuing rise of the popularity of tea, to the migration from coffee to tea reported on 60 Minutes, to tea used in health and beauty tips on the Today Show. So this new news release on U.S. tea imports rising in 2008 is not too surprising — even with 257 million pounds of tea being imported in 2008, up from 240 million pounds in 2007. This growth is expected to continue, and Bigelow Tea is right in at the forefront of the fastest-growing segment, specialty teas. Even the big coffee houses have all included a line of such teas. And it’s also true that Bigelow Tea is steeping sales all across the globe, with a significant presence in many countries for many years. It seems that the power of a great cup of tea cannot be stopped!

Find time for TEA to slash stroke risk

More good news for tea lovers everywhere — new research from UCLA indicates that drinking three or more cups of green or black tea a day may reduce the risk of stroke by an astounding 21%. And the more tea you drink, the greater the cuts in stroke risk according to data analysis, involving 4,378 strokes among 194,965 individuals. The lead author of this new study, Lenore Arab, tells us that “What we saw was that there was a consistency of effect of appreciable magnitude…by drinking three cups of tea a day, the risk of a stroke was reduced by 21%. It didn’t matter if it was green or black tea.”

Arab and her co-workers pooled data from nine studies — all of which reported stroke occurrence and tea consumption in humans. Compared to people who drank less than a cup of tea a day, those participants drinking three cups a day were associated with that 21% reduction in the risk of stroke. The researchers also report an association with an additional three cups reducing stroke risk even further. The study and findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s annual International Stroke Conference in San Diego, California and published in the journal Stroke.

All of Bigelow Tea is rich in polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidant. Whether green or black, tea has about eight to 10 times the Polyphenols found in fruits and vegetables. A new parallel study to the UCLA report was published in the journal Nutrition in February 2009 by US scientists, and it reports that the daily supplements of green tea extracts could reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressures, as well as total cholesterol levels; the control of which are major dynamics in the ongoing management of stroke prevention.

February is American Heart Month


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Between your sweetheart and your own heart, February was a busy month. The American Heart Association wants you to keep your heart healthy and so do we! According to a study by the Boston University School of Medicine, “A new study finds a strong link between drinking black tea and arterial health in people who have heart disease.” We’ve even mentioned before that black tea has been shown to reverse abnormal functioning of blood vessels.

Need even more proof that you should be drinking tea? According to studies, hibiscus tea is also associated with some cardiovascular benefits. “Data supports the idea that drinking hibiscus tea…may play a role in controlling blood pressure.” Check here for a full list of our teas that contain hibiscus.

As the leading cause of death in both men and women, cardiovascular disease will cost an estimated $475.3 billion in 2009! These terrifying statistics are what make it so important to take care of your body from the inside out. We’ve talked a lot about heart-healthy lifestyles and the important role tea can play. The list of health benefits associated with drinking tea continues to grow without any known side effects that come along with most medications.

If you want to take a more active role in keeping your ticker ticking (and really, who wouldn’t?) check out the American Heart Association’s Heart Profilers service! Now, think with your heart and go pour yourself a cup of black or hibiscus tea! Or even better, share some with a loved one. Your heart will thank you!

Sip, or even Gargle, Tea to fight the Flu this Season!

The USA has already had some record cold snaps this winter, and the 2009 Flu/Cold season is well under way. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there will be more than 200,000 Americans affected by the flu or influenza this year. So what can one do? Can hot tea every day keep the doctor away?

Published research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University found that drinking tea containing high concentrations of the amino acid L-theanine may help strengthen the body’s immune system response. “The health benefits of tea have been touted for centuries…” said lead author Jack Bukowski, (MD, PhD) “…now we have a new explanation for the medicinal effect of tea. Our research suggests that when tea drinkers become exposed to germs, some may be protected from getting sick,” Bukowski, (also of Harvard Medical School), wrote “…importantly, those who do become ill, may develop a milder infection compared to non tea drinkers, indicates that theanine, an ingredient found naturally in tea, supports the immune system”. A cup of tea contains an average of 20-25 mg of theanine.

Other studies even suggest that gargling tea may bolster your efforts to fight the flu. In one study, participants who gargled with a black tea extract solution twice daily were more immune to the flu virus than those who didn’t. Sounds good — but drinking a nice cup of tea sounds much better! To help keep fighting the flu/cold season a warming experience, Bigelow Tea has many tasty suggestions at the ready. With this record-setting winter, prevention has never been so good!