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nicola
Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 6:14:03 PM

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I've been drinking it a lot lately, it's very good for cleansing your stomach, among other things.

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Here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:

• cancer
• rheumatoid arthritis
• high cholesterol levels
• cariovascular disease
• infection
• impaired immune function


What makes green tea so special?

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the "French Paradox." For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.

Why don't other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.


Full article: http://chinesefood.about.com/library/weekly/aa011400a.htm

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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 8:59:55 PM

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Can't get enough of green tea.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:49:36 AM

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I'm a huge fan. I swapped normal tea for it. Twinings do a multipack of flavoured green tea. I don't really like the flavour but the adding cranberry or orange and lotus blossom is yummy.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:59:26 AM

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Loislane wrote:
I'm a huge fan. I swapped normal tea for it. Twinings do a multipack of flavoured green tea. I don't really like the flavour but the adding cranberry or orange and lotus blossom is yummy.


A Japanese friend of mine taught me how to make it properly.

Get hold of the loose leaves if you can, and buy a small teapot. I've not found teabags that are anything close to the "good" stuff.

Pour on the boiling water, and leave for no more than a minute (I normally only leave it about 30 seconds), otherwise the leaves go bitter. Drain the pot, and you can then have another one later using the same leaves. If you don't drain the pot each time, the leaves stew and taste foul.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:11:13 AM

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As much of a tea drinker as I am black tea I just can't get used to green tea just never acquired the taste for it. But I do drink quarts of tea otherwise along with coffee

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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 9:12:17 AM

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I've actually gotten more into White Tea over the past two years. It's great for the skin, less aftertaste, and has a host of health benefits. If you like green tea, you should try white tea next!

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White tea is made from immature tea leaves that are picked shortly before the buds have fully opened. The tea takes its name from the silver fuzz that still covers the buds, which turns white when the tea is dried. The exact proportion of buds to leaves varies depending on the variety of white tea. For example, White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves, while Silver Needles, the crème de la crème of white teas, is made entirely from downy buds picked within a two day period in early Spring. Tea leaves destined to be sold as white tea undergo even less processing than green tea leaves. Instead of air-drying, the unwithered leaves are merely steamed.

The result? A pale tea with a sweet, silky flavor. People who have tried both note that white tea lacks the “grassy” aftertaste so often associated with green tea. Furthermore, studies indicate that white tea is better for you. Leaving tea leaves so close to their natural state means that white tea contains more polyphenols, the powerful anti-oxidant that fights and kills cancer-causing cells, than any other type of tea.

Need another reason to drink white tea? A 2004 study at Pace University concluded that white tea can help your body’s immune system fight off viruses and dangerous infection-causing bacteria. The same study concluded that fluoride-rich white tea helps prevent the growth of dental plaque, the chief cause of tooth decay.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_tea
http://www.whitetea.com/

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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:00:23 PM

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White tea? That's ground breaking!

I've never seen it. I'll ask about it the next time I'm in T2.
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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 1:01:53 PM

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If you don't like the taste of tea, or the trouble to make it, or the cost of bottled tea, take green tea capsules. The same effect without the fuss or cost.
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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 1:57:51 PM

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nicola wrote:
White tea? That's ground breaking!

I've never seen it. I'll ask about it the next time I'm in T2.


It's fairly common over here. Even Lipton makes it and they're everywhere.


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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 2:06:32 PM

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I drink two or three of these a day. They are dome of the purest teas you can buy. The pure green, jasmine/green, lemongrass/green and oolong are my favorite. No sweetener or anything weird. Just tea.






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Magical_felix wrote:
I drink two or three of these a day. They are dome of the purest teas you can buy. The pure green, jasmine/green, lemongrass/green and oolong are my favorite. No sweetener or anything weird. Just tea.




As long as you're not into that nasty Kombucha thing... that stuff is absolutely vile! A friend convinced me to try it after yoga one day.

The taste reminded me exactly of those unfortunate hangover morning prayers to the porcelain god. puke

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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 2:59:11 PM

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I have never had that but just read what it was. Sounds sick... The picture on wikipedia looked like poopy water in a jar. Not my cup of tea at all.



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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 3:15:14 PM

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Dancing_Doll wrote:
As long as you're not into that nasty Kombucha thing... that stuff is absolutely vile! A friend convinced me to try it after yoga one day.


A friend gave me a starter jar of that, it developed a thick skin on top (normal apparently). I bravely drank some of the liquid underneath, it was foul as you say. It tastes like off vinegar.

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The Kombucha beverage should be regarded principally as a food unusually rich in nutritive properties, rather than just a health drink. As in
yogurt, the bacteria are a great source of nutrition, but in addition Kombucha has a wide range of organic acids, vitamins and enzymes that give
it its extraordinary value. It contains the range of B vitamins, particularly B1, B2, B6 and B12, that provide the body with energy, help to
process fats and proteins, and which are vital for the normal functioning of the nervous system. There is also vitamin C which is a potent
detoxifier, immune booster and enhancer of vitality.


I'll get my nutrients in other ways, thank you.
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Posted: Sunday, July 03, 2011 10:28:13 AM

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Really like green tea, the flavoured ones can be refreshing cold
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Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011 11:13:40 AM

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I take 6 capsules of green tea extract daily. While I don't like the taste of tea, green tea and black currants are the only foods presently proven (there may be others) to delay the onset of Alzheimers.
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Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011 12:00:21 AM

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I can't believe this isn't better for you than green tea.
It passes my grandmother's test that things have to taste bad to be good for you.
How much green tea does it take to make a cup of tea a person can actually taste?



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Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011 12:14:37 AM

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Lapsang-Souchong with a nice big shot of this is really good for a cold or something. Put the whiskey in a glass with a little water, sip slowly while the Lapsang Souchong brews. Have another. Eventually you might be able to drink the tea. Who knows? I can't imagine any green tea standing up to Laphroaig.



Neither Lapsang Souchong or Laphroaig is recommended for beginners.


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nicola
Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011 12:55:21 AM

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mischiefmaker wrote:
While I don't like the taste of tea, green tea and black currants are the only foods presently proven (there may be others) to delay the onset of Alzheimers.


I didn't know that. All the more reason to drink the stuff. The Japanese swear by it.

As for Lapsang-Souchong, I love smokey flavoured tea.
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Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011 10:39:58 AM

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I vote for tea flavored vodka.




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Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 5:45:08 AM

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I drink a fair amount of green tea, at least 4 cups daily because it speeds up metabolism and has a varity of anti-oxidants in.
I have to admit I don't really like it overall and would rather have a coffee but I do believe in its positive effects, so I carry on and suffer through it lol.
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My dad drinks a LOT of green tea but i can't stand the taste. When i've got a cold, i'll surrender and go around so he makes me a cuppa. (Yeah, i'm too lazy to make it myself!)

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Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:44:30 PM

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New to forum, but isn't white tea just young green tea leaves.

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Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012 1:04:39 PM

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I started drinking it about 2 weeks. I can already tell its doing me good :) My body is thanking me lol
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Green tea is just one of the many building blocks for a healthy diet and lifestyle. We start each day with a cup of jasmine green tea. White tea is great also, as is the many spice mixtures and fruit flavored ones, like mango, peach, raspberry and blueberry. Try to stay with certified organic (no pesticides).
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Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 3:43:26 PM

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I had my very first cup of green tea last night and it actually helped me have a good night's sleep. I like the flavour of it because it's nice and delicate. As for Lapsang Souchong, I tried it once and didn't like it, but may try it again sometime just to confirm that I don't like it. Also, I made the unfortunate mistake of trying Laphroig (if you're curious, it's pronounced la-froyg) and I could taste it for days afterwards, not what I like from my whisky, blergh!
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Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 4:56:04 PM

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Green tea comes a great second after Earl Grey!

This post comes to you from the original and highly disorganised mind of mine...be scared, I certainly am, lol
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Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 8:23:44 PM

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SigurdOokami wrote:
Green tea comes a great second after Earl Grey!


I like Earl Grey too, but Twining's spoiled it tampering with the recipe. Anybody ever tried chai? It's got a nice wee spice to it, but my advice is to drink it with a tiny amount of milk and use brown sugar to bring out the spice.
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Green tea with fresh mint leaves, and none of those tea bags or bottled made up stuff - get decent leaves, make it properly, and enjoy the colour, the scent and the flavour.

Lapsong is good too, and the smokiness can be very sensual.
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I've recently been drinking spearmint tea. Ordered it off Ebay and it came in a 200g plastic bag. Looks like some drug which isn't helped by the fact it's from Egypt. Tastes alright though but it's the leaf kind whihc has to be strained.

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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 1:39:50 AM

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I remember hearing about white tea in a commercial and thinking about why would anyone think of doing that to green tea. Oh, I hope it's at least as good as green.
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