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      14.08.2011 20:30
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      Healthy Tea

      Sometimes referred to as "the closest thing in existence to the elixir of life", green tea is a beverage that many of us drink for its health benefits alone. I used to dislike the taste of green tea, but made myself drink it as a break from my usual highly caffeinated diet of regular tea and coffee. Nowadays I don't mind green tea's flavour, and usually have at least one cup a day. Scientists have pointed out that a compound found in green teas can inhibit the development of cancer cells and also lower cholesterol.

      Originating in China, green tea comes from the same plant as regular black tea; the good 'ol Camellia sinensis - the difference is the fact that green tea goes through minimal oxidation during processing. There are hundreds and hundreds of green tea varieties available to buy - although the most common ones you'll see in the UK are the big-branded (Twinings Green, PG Tips Green) low grade teas sold in bag form. The healthiest green tea is the purest, and in the Far East buyers are willing to pay extraordinary amounts (literally hundreds of pounds) per kilo for the privilege of obtaining an especially pure batch.

      Although the aficionados will tell you that drinking loose pure green tea is the way to go, my limited palate means i'm more than happy to use the supermarket's simple bagged offerings. My favourite green tea has to be the Clipper variety which has a nicely balanced flavour, is fairtrade certified, and comes in unbleached bags. Clipper's fifty tea bag pack can be picked up for £1.79 from Tesco, which I would argue is a reasonable price to pay.

      I usually brew green tea for around three minutes; anymore and the taste can become too strong and a little overpowering - I also add a touch of cold water so I can drink it straight away. They said that the longer you leave green tea after brewing, the less healthy it becomes - so the quicker you get it into your mouth the better! It's also claimed that the water you use to brew your green tea should between eighty and eighty-five degrees centigrade - so wait a while after your kettle has boiled before you pour the water into your cup. I drink green tea unsweetened - sure, a touch of sugar or honey can make the drink more palatable for those who don't like the stuff, but it seems pointless to negate the beverage's healthy credentials with a big spoonful of calories.

      Green tea is undoubtedly an acquired taste - and even though I've been drinking green for years, I still don't fully appreciate its qualities. What I can say is that I find it to be a relaxing beverage, which feels like it's doing you good even if it is a placebo effect. If you've tried green tea and really don't like it, you can buy it blended with a range of fruits - Twinings Green Tea with Mango (£1.26 for 20 bags) is certainly worth investigating, and Tetley's Blueberry Green Tea (£1.79 for 50 bags) is similarly appealing. At the end of the day, green tea is a drink which I would recommend to anyone - the big downside?.... well apart from the flavour, it's not especially good for dunking biscuits into :(

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        29.11.2010 14:32
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        great tea

        I have been drinking green tea for many years, and have tried many different blends over that period of time. I mainly drink green tea for the health benefits, but I also enjoy the taste. There are many green teas out on the market, and most of them have very different tastes. I try to stay away from the tea bags because I prefer loose leaf tea, as I believe that it has more flavor and freshness.

        Green tea is something that can be enjoyed hot or iced. Most people used regular tea to brew their iced tea, but by using green tea, you get a lighter and more calming flavor, good to quench your thirst on those hot summer days.

        Green tea is becoming more popular in the tea industry. A few years back, all you could find was regular green tea, but now I have seen many tea companies put flavored green teas. Some of the popular ones are lemon, cranberry, and pomegranate.

        Twinnings and Celestial Seasonings make excellent green tea blends for being bagged tea. If you haven't ever tried green tea, expect a lighter taste than you are used to. The subtle but complex taste is what makes green tea great. Give it a try!

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        13.07.2009 17:23

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        A healthy option or a refreshing drink?

        It is said that tea is the second most popular drink after water. The tea plant or Camellia sinensis (camillia taken from the Latin name of Rev. Georg Kamel S.J. a Czech born botanist and sinensis which means chinese in Latin)
        The Camillia sinensis is native to mainland South and Southeast Asia, although today it is grown across the world in tropical and subtropical regions.
        It has such a wide variety of uses from medicinal to just enjoyment of a good beverage.
        The leaves have been used in Chinese medicine to treat various ailments from asthma to coronary heart disease and today is sold to us as a drink which is high in antioxidants. Green Tea, in particular has been claimed to aid dieters because it apparently speeds up the metabolism without speeding up the heart rate. A common side effect of some weight loss suplements. Speeding up the metabolism is also thought to reduce your cholesterol. Green Tea is also said to aid skincare, especially the treatment of acne. Although most of the claims are still just claims Green tea is refreshing to drink, can be drunk without milk for those that are intolerant and if only half the claims actually prove true is still a very healthy option

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        19.05.2009 23:20
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        I totally recommend green tea!

        Made from the leaves of Camellia Sinesis, a plant native in South Asia, tea is the most consumed drink on our planet, after water. There are several types of tea that one can find all over the world today; the most popular include oolong tea, black tea, herbal tea and green tea. Green tea has become very popular in the past years, mainly due to its long-purported health benefits. In this review I will briefly discuss the major health benefits of drinking green tea, how I personally make green tea and product suggestions.

        Green tea has been consumed in Asia for thousands of years. It has also been used in folk medicine to clean and help heal wounds and to ease the effects of a hangover (which many of us quite reluctantly know well!). Today, thanks to globalization, it seems that we're catching up on discovering the healthy benefits of green tea consumption! Green tea is very rich in antioxidants, especially in polyphenols and catechins. Scientific research has provided evidence that green tea drinking helps to reduce the risk of esophageal cancer. It also helps to improve the ratio between good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL). New research is also proving that green tea can help to burn fat (yeahh!) and prevent tooth decay due to its fluoride content. There are many more reported health benefits; however, it is impossible to include them all here. A word of advice that I give you is not to believe everything that you read on the Internet as it may be false information or even make-belief for marketing purposes.

        Unfortunately, a lot of people do not drink green tea because they either did not like its taste or else fear that they won't enjoy drinking it. Personally, I find that green tea tastes remotely of grass, however, I managed to get used to its bitter taste, and after some time, you'll get used to it. You can really make a difference in your health by adding green tea to your diet, provided that, as all other things in life, you don't over-consume (two to three cups a day is considered enough by many). Moderation is the key to everything!

        Personally, I prefer using green tea leaves, only using green teabags when I'm in a hurry. It doesn't take that long to brew a cup of green tea using leaves. All you need is a teapot and a tea strainer (they are very cheap nowadays). As soon as the kettle is boiling, take it off the burner and pour a little amount in the teapot and leave it one to two minutes so that the teapot gets warm. Empty the teapot, and then throw a teaspoon of green tea leaves - you have to experiment a bit, the stronger you like your tea, the more you have to throw as a general rule. Start with a small amount if you've never drank green tea before so that you would have the chance to get used to its taste. Pour the desired amount of boiled water in the teapot, and leave it brewing (with some regular teaspoon twirls) for around five to six minutes. Using the tea strainer, you can then proceed to pour into your mug. Excellent! I also find that re-brewing the same tea leaves does not alter the taste too much, provided that not a lot of time has passed since you've made tea! This also applies to teabags as well. As regards caffeine content, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee and other types of tea, and it is best to check with your GP if you can't take any caffeine or need to reduce caffeine intake.

        I personally prefer and recommend Ahmad Tea London (http://www.ahmadtea.com) green tea leaves. As for teabags, I've tried Heath and Heather's green teabags, and I greatly recommend them. Green tea isn't that much expensive today, however, I recommend that you try different brands before settling for one.

        To conclude, I'd recommend green tea to anyone interested in keeping themselves healthy and fit. If you manage to get used to its bitter taste (come on, its not that too difficult!) you'll be doing yourself a great favour and your body will thank you for this. A cup of green tea will certainly boost your body with the antioxidants found in it, and it may very well help to keep the doctor away!

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          15.04.2009 12:39
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          Drink it and see improvements for yourself

          The best tea in my opinion is green tea. It's amazing. The Chinese have been drinking it for centuries, knowing that it can provide hundreds of health benefits, and health and long-life are two results people of many cultures have enjoyed for centuries thanks to this miracle tea.

          ***Origins of Green Tea***

          Green tea -according to Wiki- "was first used in China during the Song Dynasty, and brought to Japan by Myoan Eisai, a Japanese Buddhist priest".

          ***Benefits of Drinking Green Tea***
          It can help with so many diseases/illnesses and problems.
          It contains the largest amounts of potent health promoters called "polyphenols".

          ~Cancer~
          I've read other green tea reviews on Dooyoo which state that there is no known link between green tea and cancer prevention but the following information shows that green tea controls free radicals

          (Taken from Green-tea-expert.com)
          In 1987, Hasan Mukhtar, Ph.D., has presented his research on its efficacy as an anti carcinogen. He said that one probable reason is its chemo-preventive agent called polyphenols. These are well documented powerful antioxidants that help control the activity of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable compounds that can destroy cells and are implicated in a host of diseases including cancer.

          Green tea is a natural source of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) an antioxidant that acts as an aid to fight disease. Research at the University of Kansas has shown that EGCG anti-oxidant is 100 times stronger than vitamin C, and 25 times better than vitamin E in protecting human body cells. EGCG it not only inhibits the growth of new cancer cells it also kills some of the existing cancer cells without harming the healthy ones.

          ~High Cholesterol~
          Lowers "bad" cholesterol (known as LDL) and improves the ratio of "good" cholesterol (known as HDL).

          ~High blood pressure~
          Lowers high blood pressure by repressing angiotensin II which causes
          constriction of the blood vessels which cause high blood pressure

          ~Arthritis~
          Improves symptoms

          ~Ageing~
          Green tea destroys free radicals that cause ageing- that's right green tea is the elixir of life! Well, kinda.


          ***Caffeine Content in Green Tea***
          Green tea does contain caffeine but as it is a much lower amount it will not increase your heart rate the way normal tea and coffee does. It does speed up your metabolism however which is great news if you're trying to lose weight.


          ***Where to buy Green Tea***
          I buy a box from a local Chinese supermarket, which is great as the tea bags are authentic and cheap. I usually get a box of 100 for less than £1.50.


          ***How to drink Green Tea***
          I simply take a green tea teabag and pour boiling water over it with some sugar. I need more sugar for green tea than black as it is more bitter in taste. Some people use honey to sweeten their tea instead. The variety I use has a delicate flavour though and not as bitter or sharp as some green tea I have had in the past. As the writing on the front of the box that I buy is all in Chinese I don't have a clue what brand it is so sorry can't recommend it specifically (unless you care to venture into a Chinese supermarket and look for a green box...just be sure you pick up the box with tea bags on the front, otherwise you might end up with free-dried Labrador instead...)

          The other way I drink it is to buy the tea leaves loose and brew it myself, using a technique my uncle taught me which completely prevents bitterness. Boil water in a saucepan with a crushed lychee and then drop in the tea leaves when the water is bubbling. Cover the pan with a lid and remove from the heat. Leave for a few minutes to let the leaves infuse with the water and then take out lychees using a spoon or use a tea-sieve and pour the liquid into a glass.

          Milk is not used in either method.


          ***My Opinion***
          Green tea may not taste as good as black tea but the health benefits are phenomenal. I haven't been drinking it regularly enough to proclaim specific benefits I've seen myself but enough research has proven green tea is amazing so Im confident it is a benefit.

          I am also an ideal weight for my height anyway and have never had a problem with weight so am not the best person to testify to the weight-loss attributes of green tea. You may think it's all wasted on me then but I am ensuring -FROM THIS DAY FORWARD - that I drink it regularly as prevention is better than cure. I always knew it was good for you but busy lifestyle (and the temptation of black tea) has prevented me from being good...

          I do sometimes miss normal tea when I have green tea instead and you cant dunk a digestive into green tea without an odd aftertaste (I imagine).

          I strongly recommend that EVERYONE bar children drink at least one cup a day to protect against illnesses and to maintain a healthy digestive system. I think Chinese culture is amazing and we in the West would do well to take a (green tea) leaf out of their book and enjoy the benefits of natural medicine ourselves.

          (c) TheWriter 2009

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            16.01.2009 17:50
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            A very refreshing warm drink that you may learn to love!

            Now I am one of these people who loves green tea.

            I first tried it a few years ago as I heard it was a healthy alternative to english breakfast tea and had heard that it had lots of benefits such as lowering your metabolism.

            When I first tried this, I thought, well it isn't as nice as normal tea. But I thought, I'm going to keep drinking it now that I've bought the pack and I'm sure I will learn to love it.

            And that is what happened. I kept drinking it and then tried some normal tea again and didn't like it with milk and just found green tea more refreshing!

            Now I will only drink green tea, never have normal tea! It's more refreshing than normal tea and I never leave the tea bag in too long as the flavour can become too strong. My friends, family and boyfriend have all tried it and they seem to like it too, however they said that it doesn't have much of a taste.

            As for speeding up my metabolism, I'm really not sure. I have been drinking this tea for about 3 years now and I do eat an awful lot and don't put on much weight, so maybe it has made my metabolism faster. But that could just be my body!

            I would definately recommend people to try this, and if after the first sip you don't like it an awful lot then just try some more and after say 4 cups you might actually like it! It's worth a try!

            Oh, one more thing to add, I've tried both Clipper Green Tea and Morrison's own and there is hardly any difference (apart from the price!)

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              19.11.2008 15:06
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              A healthy brew

              A good quality green tea should be a natural and organic blend that produces a light fresh taste and appears as a light golden colour. Of course this is not just a tea about flavour. Green tea is marketed as having extra health benefits in comparison to normal tea.

              Although there is still some debate between 'experts' as to how much extra benefit there is in green tea, it is argued that green tea is a natural source of antioxidants, the chemical compounds that inhibit oxidation and thwart free radicals. It is said to be a strong source of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) an antioxidant that acts as an aid to fight disease and general wear and tear. It essentially protects cells & DNA from damage. Related to this are several studies linking green tea to cancer prevention. Although this would seem to make sense there is no definite proof of this. For a long time many have argued that green tea is no more beneficial than your average cup of PG Tips, but as many studies continually show, there do seem to be a number of health benefits gained from drinking green tea.

              It should be noted that like coffee and black tea, green tea contains caffeine. Although there is less caffeine contained in green tea, there is said to be a sufficient amount in order to provide an energy boost. Apparently it is this lower caffeine content that allows green tea to increase your metabolism without increasing your heart rate. As such, drinking green tea is unlikely to induce the twitchy, anxious after-effects that other caffeinated beverages may cause. The increase in metabolism is one reason why green tea is said to aid those trying to lose weight. A reduction in cholesterol levels is supposedly a further added benefit from green tea consumption.

              The preparation of green tea is straight forward: drop a tea bag in a mug and add freshly boiled water. It should be noted however, not to over-brew the tea. The tea bag shouldn't be left in for much longer than two minutes as this can produce a very bitterly flavoured tea. In general the tea should be drunk in isolation. Adding milk is definitely not recommended. However, the slightly bitter flavour induces some people to add honey or sugar. Alternatively you can add other flavours and there are a number of infusion flavoured green teas available such as Twinings green tea flavoured tea bags. A box of Twinings green tea selection for example will contain Jasmine, Pear and Apple, Pineapple and Grapefruit, and Orange and Lotus Flower.

              For many green tea remains an acquired taste. It's certainly taken me a while to get use to it, but I cannot deny that it definitely does something beneficial to the digestive system. From my experience it seems to stimulate hunger. I recommend Twinings Pure Green Tea for its health benefits as I truly do always feel cleansed after a cup of Pure Green and mean cha, it also seems to leave my mind more restful and focused.

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                18.11.2008 12:04
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                Back to Tetley`s for me!

                I have recently been having a try at different types of green teas, the main reason for this is that I drink a lot of tea and have been reading how some green teas are meant to be really good for you in different ways so I figured well if I am going to be pouring gallons of tea down my throat it might as well be of a kind that can do me some good.

                There are green teas out there that claim to be able to help lower your chance of getting cardiovascular disease, stabilize diabetes, fight certain kinds of cancer and much, much more. I am not sure how much of this I actually believe but knowing that too much normal tea is not that good for you and hearing that green teas can be I had to give them a go.

                I have to say that of the three or four I have tried so far there is not one that I could consider keeping drinking; the taste is very strong but also very odd. You can taste that it is tea you are drinking but there is a very strong hint of herb or even vegetation in the drink too and it is not nice at all.

                It is unbelievable how many types of green tea there are out there and also how many other uses there is for it other than drinking. I have heard it used for footbaths (helping to prevent hard skin), using the leafs in your cats litter tray to keep it smelling fresh, treating sun burn and also pouring the left over tea from your cup on your plants is meant to be good for them.

                I am fine with trying green tea for all these things and more but I doubt I will be drinking any more of the stuff, I will have to take my chance with the rest of you when it comes to cancer and cardiovascular disease and go back to enjoying my Tetley`s cuupa`s!

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                  16.03.2007 17:41
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                  Green tea is great for helping you to stay healthy, we are still discovering it's health benefits

                  There are many acknowledged benefits of green tea, and for over 5000 years these benefits of green tea have been studied, recorded, and proved effective.
                  Green tea fights bacteria, prevents mutation of bacteria, and the antioxidant properties of green tea help reduce harmful chemicals in the body.
                  The primary benefits of green tea come from its high level of antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect the body from potentially harmful substances called 'free-radicals', These free-radicals which are naturally produced by the body can damage tissue, cells, and genes.

                  Key Benefits of Green Tea

                  Green tea refreshes the body
                  Green tea produces a natural energizing effect, it stimulates the body
                  Green tea controls high blood pressure
                  The catechins in green tea hinder the action of angiotensin, a chemical in the blood stream which is known to cause high blood pressure.

                  Green tea protects against heart disease
                  Green tea reduces your overall cholesterol levels by lowering 'bad' cholesterol levels, while at the same time increasing 'good' cholesterol.

                  Green tea may help prevent cancer
                  Many people consider that green tea is an effective anti-cancer drink because it contains the most potent anti-oxidant ever discovered. This anti-oxidant is called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
                  The benefits of green tea come from it's containing EGCG, EGCG works by inhibiting the growth of an enzyme that helps to promote cancer growth. In a test at the National Cancer Center Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan researchers were able to reduce the number of tumours using EGCG by 73%.
                  Research at the University of Kansas has shown that EGCG anti-oxidant is 100 times stronger than vitamin C, and 25 times better than vitamin E in protecting human body cells.

                  Surveys of Asian tea drinkers continue to show that drinking between four and six cups of green tea each day have a reduced chance of developing breast, esophagus, liver, lung, and skin cancers, compared to those who never, or rarely drink green tea.

                  Green tea helps to manage proper body weight
                  Green tea promotes the burning of body fats by causing carbohydrates to be released slowly over time, this prevents sharp increases in blood-insulin levels.
                  Green tea delays ageing
                  Drinking sufficient quantities of green tea every day will help to lengthen your life.

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                    16.08.2006 00:30
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                    Green Tea - very healthy and tastes fantastic!

                    I have been drinking green tea for about 5 years now, and find the health benefits fantastic. Green tea is full of antioxidants, which help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. I have tried numerous green teas in my time, and have found this one to be far and away the best. It has a smooth, gentle taste, is very refreshing - due perhaps to the natural lemon pieces in the tea-bags, and is not at all overpowering. It also TASTES the same as it smells, very delicate and nice. A lot of herbal teas smell amazing, then you take a sip and they taste just like fuzzy water, but this tea is lovely.

                    The tea comes in white boxes of 20, with the Jacksons logo on the front, the name (Green Tea) in green script, and 2 paintings of a lemon. Each teabag is wrapped in a small sachet, which makes it easy to carry in your handbag or packed lunch box if you're going to take some to work. The bag has a string, and a small paper flap at the end of the string for you to hang over the side of your cup or mug.

                    To enjoy this tea, I leave the tea-bag in the cup with just-boiled water, and let it infuse for about a minute. I find I can get 2/3 cups of tea from one tea bag. I sweeten my tea with 1/2 teaspoon of honey, though it tastes good without sweetener too. As an additional treat, I sometimes add a slice of lemon for a couple of minutes to give it a bit of a kick. This is particularly good first thing in the morning to kick-start your metabolic rate.

                    There are no additives or preservatives in the teabags, and the boxes/labels are made from recycled card.

                    I can thoroughly recommend Jacksons Green Tea to everyone, for the taste, the ease of use, and for the health benefits.


                    The number to call to find your nearest stockist:

                    0800 328 5971

                    (If you are in Newcastle, the Co-op Food Stores by The Gate, and Fenwicks both stock this tea.)

                    The web address is:
                    www.jacksons-of-piccadilly.com
                    and the website is well worth a look, even if you don't like tea - its beautiful - unlike any website I've ever seen!

                    Thankyou for reading
                    Kate x

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                      Im still on this health kick of mine, and this must be the longest i have ever stuck to a New Years Resolution in my lifetime. I am still on the Kellogs special K diet and only have 1 week left to go and then i will switch to a low carbs diet because the results have had an amazing impact - but thats another review. My health kick has brought me to Green Tea and in particular to Jacksons of Piccadilly and their own brand of Green Tea. ***Origins*** Pure Green Tea originates from a province in China called Zhejiang (i had to look this spelling up) and Green Tea and its originc can be traced back to ancient China, where it is grown. The history of ancient China claims that Green Tea was one of the first teas ever drunk and here in Britain we can trace the origns of Green Tea as far back as the 17th Century. ***Is it Green*** Green Tea is really Green, due to the way in which the tea leaf is preserved, the original colour of the tea leaf remains when the tea is made using hot water. Although dont be put off already it isn't a mushy pea colour green, it is a light tea green colour which looks very fresh. ***What is Green Tea and why should i drink it*** Green Tea is naturally rich in antioxidants which im told help protect the body from damage caused by harmful free radicals (see packet for explanation). Green Tea is a good alternative to those awful smelling herbal teas which people insist on drinking. It is Low in calories (less than 5 calories per 100ml) which means you wont get fat by drinking it, and it fits alongside most calorie controlled diets nicely. Being naturally low in caffeine this stuff wont keep you awake at night like 'normal' tea which is actually higher in caffine than coffee. *** How do i make it *** Like any other tea drink, this requires hot water, a mug and a spoon. Within a box of Jackson'
                      ;s Pure Green Tea, there are 20 individually wrapped sachet's which include one tea bag. Once unwrapped you will notice that the tea bag is on a string to make it easier to use. Add the hot water and leave the water to infuse the tea bag for apporximately 2-3 minutes and then squeeze excess water from the tea bag. This tea doesnt need milk adding to it and i have never added anything to it at all, if you have a sweet tooth then sugar can be added. ***The smell*** One thing you will notice about this Green Tea is that there is an instant refreshing aroma when you add hot water to it. If you have ever had Chinese Tea in any Chinese restaurant then the aroma is remarkably similar but tastes just as good. *** Extra ingedients*** Now before someone screams at me that i cant add the list of ingedients, fear not the only ingredient is Green Tea. However, if you are willing to add other ingredients to your cuppa then it is suggested to use a slice of Lemon, orange or grapefruit and if you are really daring, to try adding fresh ginger (i wont because im allergic to it) ***The cost *** Okay for those of you who like your bagain basement tea bags then dont read anymore. These tea's are not cheap and are considerably more expensive than your average box of PG Tips or Yorkshire Tea. Each box, which contains 20 individually wrapped tea bags costs £1.19 in Tesco and Safeway and £1.20 in Sainsbury's. Prices may vary around the country or you may be lucky like i was and get them on a BOGOFF. ***Where can i get them*** Having not been put off by the price, as i have already mentioned, these tea's are avaliable in most supermarket stores and i guess they are also avaliable in most health stores and chinese herbal tea shops if you have them. ***My own Opinion*** I totally love this tea. I dont drink it all the time, so dont think you ar
                      e soon going to be bankrupt over a box of tea bags because your not. I drink after my lunch and then my dinner in the evening because a Chinese friend of mine told me it was good for the digestion system. To be honest i have never had any problems with digesting food but am quite prepared to believe that it is the best thing i can drink after eating. ***Extra Information*** Jacksons of Piccadilly do have a website and they can be found at www.jacksons0of-piccadilly.com To find your nearest retailer if you dont have the internet (which obviously you do) then feel free to telephone them on 0800 328 5971 and ask them where your nearest store is. Its worth nothing that they are open Mon-Fri from 9.30am-4.30pm only. Always check the *use by* date.

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                        I enjoy trying different types of herbal teas and recently I was given a box of Korean green tea bags and Japanese green tea leaves as a gift from my son’s girlfriend; green tea actually comes from the same tea plant as the more common black tea. This tea plant, called Camellia Sinensis, is a fragrant evergreen shrub found in abundance in China and India. The differences in taste and aroma between black tea and green tea are created due to the way the leaves from the tea plant are processed. Leaves for black tea are fermented and then fired black in an oven, the leaves used to make green tea are steamed and dried and this process gives green tea a lighter, grassier taste. Many people believe that through regularly drinking green tea you are less likely to develop certain types of cancers such as bladder, pancreatic and breast cancer however research is still ongoing so we can not be sure if green tea really does help reduce the risk of cancer. Green tea has a high quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols and these antioxidants do help protect skin cells from oxidation, which is a chemical reaction that can lead to cancer and the hardened arteries that cause heart disease. Both black and green tea have the same amount of antioxidants but because of the way the leaves are processed green tea has twice the amount of one antioxidant called EGCG, tests carried out in America show that this antioxidant is twenty-five times more effective than natural vitamin E at helping cells resist the damage caused by oxidation and helping damaged cells repair themselves. The antioxidants found in green tea are also said to help improve dental health, help combat hair loss, reduce cholesterol levels and strengthen capillaries, again none of these claims are proven fact and tests are still ongoing in the western world but the Chinese, Korean and Japanese have believed in the benefits of green tea for centuries. The properties found in green tea act as
                        a natural diuretic and all warm drinks can help you breathe easier if you are slightly congested because of the steam and green tea is no exception to this, it is believed drinking green tea can help fight off flu symptoms, other viral diseases and prevent infection. Green tea also contains caffeine just as black tea does, the caffeine is called theophylline and this is a mild stimulant that helps dilate the bronchial tubes in the lungs; theophylline is also an ingredient in many drugs used by asthma sufferers but having said that drinking green tea will not help if you are having an asthma attack, the caffeine content also helps you focus and stimulates the mind. A very effective soothing lotion can be made from green tea, place a tea bag or teaspoon of leaves in a tea pot and add about half a pint of boiling water, leave the tea to go cold and then pour into a sterilized bottle and store in the fridge. The cold tea acts as an astringent and antibacterial solution and can be used as a mouth wash to combat ulcers and bad breath, a refreshing anti-fungal foot soak, use a cotton wool pad soaked in the solution to treat rashes, grazes and minor cuts or as a compress for puffy, tired eyes, soak a face cloth in the solution to sooth sunburn. If you make more green tea than required give your houseplants a drink and if you keep the tealeaves and dry them out they make a great deodorizer once crushed and sprinkled inside shoes, this also helps prevent fungal infections. Since being given the Korean and Japanese green teas as a gift I have bought a box of Tetley green tea bags, you can buy them from most supermarket chains and they cost around £2 for a box of forty, the box I bought also had ten bags free; the tea bags have a drawstring top which is very convenient when making tea in the cup. Other brands of green tea I have noticed in supermarkets include Twinings and Typhoo. Green tea is best drunk without milk allowing the tea to in
                        fuse for about four or five minutes. I found very little difference between the taste and colour of the Korean and Tetley tea bags they were both a very light, uplifting drink with an aroma of freshly cut grass, fairly clear in colour and a really pleasant cup of tea, the Japanese green tealeaves made a cup of transparent pea-green tea which was both stronger in flavour and aroma but still very palatable.

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                          Fancy a cuppa? "Yes please" you say, expecting a warming dark brew with a splash of milk, maybe a spoonful of sugar or four. Instead, you are presented with a mug of milk-less liquid, a putrid-green insipid looking concoction so unfamiliar and featureless that you are inclined to throw it over your host. The mug looks more attractive than its contents. You think, 'you don't want me to drink this do you? What, are you mad?' Most of us have heard of green tea. It's been in health news for years and there have been numerous articles written on its properties and benefits. But still most of us haven't bought any, or even tasted it just to prove to ourselves that it really isn't nice and that only barmy people drink it. The fact is of the 2.5 million tons of dried tea produced each year, only 20 percent is green tea. In other words, nearly four times as much black tea is produced and consumed as compared to green tea. Why? What is the big thing against it? IT'S..IT'S..GREEN!! Is it because it's green? Come on now; admit it - 'green' is not the most alluring colour when it comes to anything that goes in our mouths (although I can think of worse). Green conjures up certain images in our minds that for some of us equal unpleasant and tasteless. It must be a terrible thing to have hated your greens as a child, still do as an adult, only to be presented with yet another green thing that you 'really ought to have'. And more to the point, this is a drink. This can't be consumed in a bite like a hateful sprout and then quickly recovered from. It has to be sipped, swallowed and digested, and you have to make the usual tea-conversation whilst peering painfully over your mug. You can't escape. You've made your drink and now you have to swallow it. It might take at least 5 minutes to get through, each minute made less enjoyable by the knowledge that there are more to come. No
                          no nooooo!! It's too awful a thing to consider. You are meant to enjoy it for crying out loud! What is going on with the world? Everything's sodding green nowadays. Green tea, like a thin cordial of runner beans, peas and spinach, simply cannot, will not be enjoyed by most of us. But it's not that painful in practice, only in the imagination. Remember, it may be green but it's not a dragon, nor a frog, snake, mould or algae. And it's not a bogey either. The Chinese have been drinking it for more than four thousand years and they're fine, as far as I know. In fact, it may help to know that green tea is from exactly the same tea plant as black tea, the differences being a result of processing methods.. Black tea is made by withering, rolling, fermenting, and drying the leaves. Green tea is made by steaming and drying. The leaves aren't permitted to ferment and oxidize as in black tea, thereby preserving many more nutrients - particularly the polyphenols (I have written more about these little rascals later on). THE REASON TO GO GREEN - (there's only one) As I sit here with my cup of green tea, I have the occasional sip whilst I pause for thought. Green is good I say. Mmmmm, nice and warm and HEALTHY. Yes, healthy. Here is the reason. Do you care about your health? Want to combat disease, lessen risks of cancer, cardiovascular disorders? Then here is your reason. The health grounds are the absolutely only reason I would advise you to drink green tea. Ok, it's nice and warm as I said above, but you can get nice and warm in so many other more enjoyable and indulgent ways. Remember, only drink green tea for health; any other reasons are sheer foolishness. MEET YOUR GREENS There are some cunning little scamps that lurk in green tea which kindly give us extraordinary health benefits. These are called polyphenols and there are loads of 'em. Green tea is absolutely drowning in th
                          em, begging some of them to leaf (forgive). Polyphenols have a strong taste, and as green tea has about double the polyphenol content of black tea, it also has a stronger flavour. This known, it is easy to understand that taste, rather than nutrient content, is credited for the higher demand for black tea than green tea. You may have heard of polyphenols more famously as flavonoids. They are everywhere in the world giving plants colour and taste. They are so hard at work to give us fabulous health benefits I feel kind of humble. I even have a picture of them in my mind with their little faces?no, let's leaf it there (sorry, can't help it). There are four main green tea polyphenols. Shall we meet them? They're very friendly. Firstly, the leader of the gang is Pierre (whom researchers call EGCG). 'Hi', says Pierre. He would like to tell you about how he and his chums fight cancer. "Well, wot it is, is this. We are all very powerful antioxidants. This means we fight our enemies called free radicals which we sometimes find in the human body when we are drunk. I mean, when we are consumed, not when we are inebriated. We also fight any tumours that we find. We do this by building a wall between the tumour and anything that wants to help the tumour grow, like hormones. So we sort of seal off the tumour from its friends so it dies 'cos it ain't happy any more. 1 out of 3 of you humans will get cancer so we'll try to help you out here. Some top-notch person studied us and he found out that we also slow down the growth of breast cancer cell lines. And someone else found out that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. Yep, we're pretty damn clever!" Thank you Pierre. Now we have the second member of the polyphenol family. She is a quiet, peace-loving girl called Odette. "Hi. My fa
                          vourite pastime is lowering cholesterol levels. Over a thousand Japanese men once drank three cups of us a day and we lowered their cholesterol significantly. It's all in a day's work really. Hard work, but worthwhile". Odette, you should have a medal for your effort and modesty. Here comes polyphenol number three. Put your hands together please for Lavinia. "Hello. I love doing what I do, particularly when we intrigue all those medical researchers. Years ago there was this thing called the 'French Paradox' when researchers were puzzled by the French having less heart disease than Americans, despite a fattier diet. They found the answer was red wine, which contains resveratrol, one of our fellow polyphenols that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. But we are even better than our fellows in red wine. In 1997, the University of Kansas determined that Pierre, the leader of our gang is twice as powerful as resveratrol. We are so powerful! And this may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers. (More hard work for us to mop up after?) Thank you Lavinia. And finally, the most mischievous of them all, the young Yves. "Eat my shorts!" Now Yves, behave yourself. You are in public now. "Hmmph". Silence. "Yves?" "Oh alright then. Give us the mike. Hi everyone, I am here to tell you of our other good deeds. But I ain't feeling so good at the moment so I can't be bothered to be funny or nothin' so I'm just gonna read you a list of stuff I had to learn at school. Here goes. We polyphenols have to: - Fight cardiovascular disease and heart disease (a worthy task) - Help to control high blood pressure (that's a very pressurising job) - Lower the blood s
                          ugar level (We, and other things in green tea, cause carbohydrates to be released slowly, preventing a sharp increases in blood-insulin levels, helping to prevent disorders like diabetes. We also promote the burning of fat. Anyone interested yet?!) - Suppress effects of ageing on the body (This is one of our most trying tasks) "That's the main stuff we do when you drink us. Can I go now?" Ok Yves, thank you for your time. We've met the magic polyphenols. Hopefully they've convinced you to drink green tea so now I can tell you how best to do that. The advice is to use water that's not too hot. After you have brought the kettle to a boil allow the water to cool for about 3 minutes. The water should be hot, but not boiling, about 79 to 87 degrees Centigrade. Steep this for 1-2 minutes, doing a little yoga while you are waiting. This is not necessary but I find it adds to the whole ambience of the occasion. Expert green tea brewers suggest not steeping for longer than 2 minutes or the tea will become overly astringent. However, I often leave mine for longer to get the full benefit, and I can bear the flavour. One good tip I can pass on is to reuse your tea bags to save money. I put mine on the kitchen top in a saucer to rest and use them again later on. Green tea is more expensive than black tea and therefore it makes sense to be as economical as possible. You can do this up to five times. Ordinary green tea will usually have lost most of its flavour after being brewed three times, but very good tea may be used to make four or five rounds WHAT SHOULD I BUY? Green tea is found everywhere nowadays, in supermarkets as well as health food shops. When I first bought it I tried natural green tea which, to be honest, was pretty unpleasant stuff. Pungent in the extreme! So I experimented with others until I found one I could keep down. The one I drink now is Jackson of Pic
                          cadily Green Tea with Mint which includes about 15% mint flavouring. Much more palatable. Twinings also do a good range, offering organic, lemon and grapefruit varieties. Not scrummy, but drinkable. Well, that's lot really. I am off to make myself another cuppa and to let Pierre, Odette, Lavinia and Yves in to rejuvenate my body. I shall let them roam, investigate and help repair any weird goings on. My little green friends are friends forever and green is here to stay. Fancy a cuppa now?

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                            Tea to many is just an everyday drink; something to wash down a meal or relax with after a tiring day, but in reality it is much more than this. Tea is good for bones and teeth, and its vital chemical compounds have been found to fight against cancer, help stabilize diabetes and help prevent cardiovascular disease. It can even make your skin look healthier. You can drink it, medicate with it, cook with it, water your plants with it, and even keep your cat's litter tray smelling fresh and pleasant with it. The most beneficial and healthful tea though, is one which is barely processed and comes from the Camellia sinensis bush.......Green Tea. Tea is man's second most popular beverage after water, and one fifth of all tea drunk in the world is green tea. Today, there is not just one green tea, but hundreds, and many varieties with several grades of qualities. this group of choices is further enhanced by the changes, season to season, of the quality of teas. Like wine, a particular harvest may be spectacular one year and mediocre the next, but unlike wine, green tea has a very short life span and must be consumed quickly or it will lose colour, aroma and flavour. There is much more I could write here on history, countries of origin, types etc., but for most of us the most important thing is what it can do for us, so lets skip straight to the benefits. Studies of tea's value in maintaining good health have been conducted and reported in medical journals throughout the world. All of these studies agree on one point: Green tea is an inexpensive, healthy drink with possible long-range benefits, especially if taken daily throughout a lifetime. The studies suggest that green tea may help lower the risk of cancer, inhibit aging (I like that one), reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, help lower blood sugar levels, fight viral infections, and even prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease. While drinking green tea will certainly cause
                            no harm, the best reason to drink it is because it does have time-tested benefits such as antioxidation of fats and possible anti-cancer properties. One cup does all disorders cure, With two your troubles will be fewer, Three to the bones more vigour give With four forever you will live, as young as on your day of birth, A true immemorial on the earth. Chinese Poet. Some articles written have indicated that green tea can be a protective, preventitive drink. It is well known that green tea contains enough flouride to help prevent tooth decay. It is also rich in polyphenols, which acts as antioxidants, as well as vitamins C and E and beta carotene. Japan is a country noted for its excessive cigarette smoking, but ironically has a relatively low lung-cancer rate, in fact smokers in Japan have a 45 per cent lower risk factor than say, America. It has also been found that typical consumption of green tea by the Japanese is four to five cups per day. The Japanese have also maintained for years the nutritional value and alkaline properties of green tea which are known to counteract the acids contained in fish and meat. The Japanese people also have lower rates of cancer of the liver, pancreas, breast and skin, and researchers believe green tea may play a large role in preventing these forms of cancer. The Japanese people also have a different diet from us, and this may also be a factor in the results, but reasearch is continuing world-wide on the properties of green tea. SOME OTHER USES FOR GREEN TEA. Green Tea Soother. This is an all-purpose astringent and antibacterial solution. Using spring water, brew up some green tea, end leave till cool. Strain, or remove tea bags and pour into a sterilized bottle and refrigerate. You now have your soother. Uses. Use as a mouthwash. An antifungal or refreshing foot bath. For minor cuts, grazes
                            or rashes, soak a cotton pad in the soother and apply directly on to the affected area for at least five minutes.This can be done up to four times daily. To sooth sunburn, soak a flannel in the solution and place over the area for about fifteen minutes. For puffy, red or tired eyes, soak cotton pads in the soother, squeeze out, and let the pads rest gently on your lids for about ten minutes. Repeat if necessary. OTHER USES. To keep shoes and feet fresh; allow spent leaves to dry, crush them and sprinkle in you socks or shoes. They not only deodorize, but help ward off fungal infections You can also use the spent, dried leaves in your cat's litter tray to help with odours and deter fleas. Leftover tea and leaves are also great for plants both indoor and out as it is rich in nitrogen. Like other teas, green tea in also a great dye, making white or cream fabrics a pastel sage. I could go on forever here, but I think you understand the versatility of green tea now, and some of its properties. It is also very easy to buy; some supermarkets now stock it, but if no joy there, your local healthfood shop will have it. It can be bought loose or in tea bags, and is relatively inexpensive. I personally drink it straight, but it is entirely up to the individual whether you want to add honey, sugar or milk. So the next time you go to a Chinese restaurant and see green tea, hopefully you won't see it as just something to wash down your chop suey with, but as a whole new adventure.

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                              As regular traveler to the Far East it is customary for the peoples of these countries, especially China, to offer their visitors Green Tea.This is served in a small teacup, which is about a third smaller than our usual teacup.Once one cup is finished it is always refilled and you could probably end up drinking three to four cups without actually realizing it. Several people made me aware of the benefits of Green Tea, one being the manager of a company in China, with whom we do business, and also my father. The taste is strange at first but it is very easy to get used to. If you want you can even add a bit of sugar. The tea is normally available in boxes or metal tins of varying sizes. The tea leaves loose and not in tea bags. You just need to add a teaspoon to boiling water and boil for a certain period (See package for ideal quantity per serving required and boiling time). Initially my main reason for using this Green Tea was for its digestive properties. A couple of cups, taken after meals, is known to greatly help in digesting your food and thus helping to reduce putting on those extra pounds in weight.It was only later on that I became aware of the other benefits of this tea which are as follows: 1) There are four primary polyphenols in green tea and they are often collectively referred to as catechins. Clinical tests have shown that catechins destroy free radicals and have far reaching curative effects on the entire body. Catechins are powerful antioxidants that have been shown in numerous studies to fight viruses, slow aging, and have a beneficial effect on health. Antioxidants are substances that protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules and fragments of molecules that can damage the body at the cellular level leaving the body susceptible to cancer, heart disease, and many other degenerative diseases. Recent studies have shown that there is a synergy between all of the com
                              ponents of green tea and these combined properties account for its myriad health benefits. This is why many scientists now believe it is better to drink brewed green tea than to take catechin supplement pills. Green tea contains much larger quantities of catechins and vitamins than black tea because black tea leaves are fermented. Green tea is manufactured from fresh, unfermented tea leaves. When tea leaves are fermented enzymes and oxygen transform catechins into thearubigens and theaflavins. 2) Vitamins found in varying amounts in green tea are vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin D, vitamin K, and the caratenoids (beta carotene and the related compounds). Green tea also contains small amounts of a wide variety of minerals, notably manganese and selenium. Green tea contains fluoride- the mineral well known for hardening tooth enamel and fighting cavities. 3) Consumption of green tea has been shown to have a direct effect on cholesterol levels. A study in which 1,371 men over the age of 40 were interviewed about their diets and lifestyles discovered that the consumption of green tea had lowered their cholesterol levels. The men who drank ten or more small cups (about 3 normal size cups) of green tea daily had lower cholesterol levels than those who did not. 4) Green tea also causes carbohydrates to be released slowly, preventing sharp increases in blood-insulin levels. This promotes the burning of fat. 5) Green Tea is also proven to help prevent Cancer and to have positive effects on Arthritis symptoms. So for a better and healthier life I recommend that you get yourself some of this Green Tea. It is quite inexpensive and is available at many shops. I can’t give you too much information on the price as I get my full stock personally whenever I travel to the Far East every year.

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                              "The beverage green tea (Simplified Chinese: 绿茶; Traditional Chinese: 綠茶; Hanyu Pinyin: lǜchá) is a true tea (i.e., Camellia sinensis) that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea is popular in China, Morocco, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and the Middle East. Recently it has become more widespread in the West, where traditionally black tea is consumed."